NowGamer: Former Capcom legend Keiji Inafune suggests collaborations with Western developers are important for the future of the Japanese games industry.
I think he's wrong. Just look at how collaborations with Western developers have ended up damaging not just Capcom, but also their IPs. If the Japanese industry does as Inafune suggests, it will suffer tremendously.
The thing is, Capcom chose to use terrible developers with checkered track records instead of ones that at least continued to create a steady supply of quality products. Then there are titles such as Deus and Ex and Tomb Raider who benefited from western collaboration. That being said, I believe a "joint assault' in game development should happen once in a while to stir things up a little. However, I don't believe it is as important as Inafune claims to be.
Deus Ex and Tomb Raider benefited from Western collaboration? They're Western franchises to begin with, made by Western developers from day one...
Too many series already suffered from being westernized. Now if done right, I wouldn't mind more collaborations from east and west.
Inafune is the only person that knows how to do it right. I really don't know what happened between Itsuno (well, he was working on Dragon's Dogma at that time, so I doubt he was deeply involved with the project) and Ninja Theory, but I think if Inafune was on board, it would've turned out differently. It's Capcom that got the wrong idea about Westernization after Inafune left. I honestly want to see a direct collaboration in which developers are truly involved. Unfortunately, there were only two good collaboration games this gen: Dead Rising 2 and Castlevania Lords of Shadows. The rest is meh. Yes, Inafune made the DmC announcement, but he resigned shortly after that. Whatever changes they made to DmC, Inafune was no longer a part of.
There's a reason why he's a "former" legend.
I think Japanese devs should stick to making what they want to do instead of trying to be western. Japan was stung this gen and basically got told that the west doesn't want their games, and maybe there is some truth in that when you look at sales figures. This meant a lot of games didn't get localised and for me a fan of Japanese games, it really sucked. I'm hoping things turn around next gen and we see more games localised. We missed out on some cool stuff like Phantasy Star Online 2 and Final Fantasy Type 0. Let's hope they can turn things around and win back some of the west without diluting what makes a Japanese game so special.
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