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Microsoft ‘not very supportive’ of Japanese games, says NIS America

"Honestly speaking, Microsoft's approach to Japanese games hasn't been very supportive," NIS America president and CEO Takuro Yamashita told MCV. "Microsoft, you know, for Japanese games, there's still a very niche element to them, no matter what it might be."

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UCForce57d ago (Edited 57d ago )

The problem with MS is that they don't have enough knowledge to understand the Japanese video game culture. What worse is that they cancelled Scalebound which could give Xbox One a boost.

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iDadio56d ago (Edited 56d ago )

They won't get anywhere without significant investment and if getting a return from the investment looks unlikely then it just won't happen. At this point no amount of money is going to turn MS fortunes in the east so it is what it is and will not change.

S2Killinit56d ago

Its not just japanese games. MS just doesnt want to create games if they can help it.

Apocalypse Shadow56d ago (Edited 56d ago )

You don't say! Lol!

You hit the nail on the head S2.

Microsoft would rather be the guy in the background raking in the royalty money from games and their operating system than make actual games.

theXtReMe156d ago

This is absolutely true. Game development has gone through the roof, cost-wise. Every IP and especially new IP is a big risk. It is easier and more cost efficient to find an independent developer with a lot of talent and pay them to keep a game exclusive or time limited. That way, the develôper takes all of the risk and you only spend a smal percentage of what you would have in funding the project yourself.

Its smart business and financially, though it doesnt give consumers a lot of confidence in your hardware... because very little is taking full advantage of it. So you end up spending more in advertising, trying to convince the general public that your machine has some sort of advantage over your competitors... because there are no, or very few, first party games to push the hardware and show off any visual advantage over rival machines or the generation prior.

I cant blame Microsoft for their lack of enthusiasm when it comes to Japan. They havent historically had much success there and for many years... Japanese developers refused to grow with the rest of the industry, with games that played and looked like games from generations prior.

-Foxtrot56d ago

But it's fine because Phil Spencer took that super duper Japan trip as his personal mission to get more Japanese support

...OR he was just taken a vacation and decided to see some Japanese devs as a side thing

UCForce56d ago (Edited 56d ago )

"Sigh" I can't take Phil Spencer seriously.

Zeref56d ago (Edited 56d ago )

Ni No Kuni 2 is coming to Xbox.

Which is likely the result of his trip to japan.
http://es.ign.com/m/ni-no-k...

"It seems that the alleged leak of Ni No Kuni II: The Rebirth of a Kingdom as part of the catalog of Xbox One was very accurate. From the media specialist Xbox Generation point out that several sources of Bandai Namco claim that this JRPG will be in the console of Microsoft. However, it will only be in digital format.
 
This version, with no official release date, does not appear to have a physical edition except in the United Kingdom , pending the distributor to comment on it.
 
The Level 5 game is a beautiful JRPG with the aesthetic of Studio Ghibli, who actively collaborated in the first game, for Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 3. However, the study does not appear in the credits of that second installment due to the closure of its production department and the change in its business model.
 
Ni No Kuni II will be released in January 2018 , being the most anticipated titles, and a very good way to start the year. Let's hope that Xbox users do not have to wait too long to enjoy it."

Thatguy-31056d ago

Scalebound would have been a financial flop seeing how the game was coming along. They never showed the game in a good way. Like you said MS doesn't understand the Japanese video game culture and it will remain that way because they arent a Japanese company.

Zeref56d ago (Edited 56d ago )

We just got confirmation that Ni No Kuni 2 is coming to Xbox though...

http://es.ign.com/m/ni-no-k...

"It seems that the alleged leak of Ni No Kuni II: The Rebirth of a Kingdom as part of the catalog of Xbox One was very accurate. From the media specialist Xbox Generation point out that several sources of Bandai Namco claim that this JRPG will be in the console of Microsoft. However, it will only be in digital format.
 
This version, with no official release date, does not appear to have a physical edition except in the United Kingdom , pending the distributor to comment on it.
 
The Level 5 game is a beautiful JRPG with the aesthetic of Studio Ghibli, who actively collaborated in the first game, for Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 3. However, the study does not appear in the credits of that second installment due to the closure of its production department and the change in its business model.
 
Ni No Kuni II will be released in January 2018 , being the most anticipated titles, and a very good way to start the year. Let's hope that Xbox users do not have to wait too long to enjoy it."

UCForce56d ago

Sorry, it's fake. I did read it, but why Ni No Kumi 2 need to download from Digital Format in EU ? That doesn't make sense. If it was legit, it should have physical and digital in worldwide. So yeah, it's sound fake to me.

nitus1056d ago

If this is the article that said that Ni No Kumi 2 might be coming to the XB1 then you have not read the article.
http://www.criticalhit.net/...

For a starter "might" does not translate to "will" no matter what you want to believe. The following is the last paragraph of the article "It’s still a rumour though, and one that doesn’t sit entirely right with me just yet. But with Ni No Kuni 2 racing to launch at the end of January, it’s certainly still possible."

Obscure_Observer56d ago

@UCForce

To this day, we still don´t know the reasons why Microsoft canceled Scalebound. Could be MS´s fault could be Kamyia´s fault.

One thing i know for certain. Kamiya is a douch and an arrogant man. He´s know for attack Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft from time to time.

After the cancellation of Scalebound the guy said he´s sorry because he failed his fans. To me, it could mean two things.

- Kamiya screw things up badly for Scalebound.
- If Microsoft screw things up, he´s a sellout who accept a check from MS to keep his big mounth shut just like Hideo Kojima did!

Nyxus56d ago

What a bunch of bullshit.

Razzer56d ago

Funny how you turn it back around on Kamiya, no matter what, even if MS screwed up. Not surprised.

UCForce56d ago (Edited 56d ago )

Now you are just being predictable in so many ways. Even Mr.Kamiya isn't my type. But he listen the fan more than MS. So it's utter nonsense from you.

Obscure_Observer56d ago

@UCForce

"But he listen the fan more than MS"

How is telling his fans to "fuc# off" is listen to them?

Anyway, if Microsoft screw things up, Platinium will never work with them again. Otherwise, will be funny to see most of you come out with lame excuses if they work with Microsoft again. Future will tell.

Razzer56d ago

Uh....if you think the Scalebound deal would prevent Platinum from ever working with MS again then you really don't have a clue about the business world.

UCForce56d ago (Edited 56d ago )

No wonder why you keep defending MS in every corners. I don't need to say it twice, but have you ever criticized MS once ? Or just pretend that they are not in your head ? Like I said before, you are so predictable. Me ? I don't need to say it twice because I already said that in my previous comment. Here the thing, you need to know more about Mr.Kayima. You get disagree not just by troll or either fanboy but also by N4G members. Let's just say that, they don't like your gut.

Obscure_Observer56d ago (Edited 56d ago )

@UCForce

"No wonder why you keep defending MS in every corners. I don't need to say it twice, but have you ever criticized MS once ?"

I have no ties to any company! I´m a base PS4 and Xbox One owner and i can´t care less about Microsoft! Look at my comment history when you´ll see me calling out Microsoft on their BS! True 4K, Checkerboarding, Cloud on Crackdown, loot boxes, Greenberg, cancellations, PR BS, new studios, new ips... and many, MANY things that i think their are doing wrong this generation.

This is an Xbox article. I was point out my opinion regarding the issue with Scalebound and your response was argumentum ad hominem. And you have the guts to call me predicable? I asked you: How telling your fans to fuc# off is listen to them? You dodge the question.

Look me up on Sony articles trolling! PS fanboys are all over Microsoft articles spreading negativity no matter what good the news are all the time. And you think that i care for disagrees? Think again!

Every person who said anything positive about Xbox on N4G will get instant disagrees. Even on Xbox only articles. Ask around.

Here´s what i know about Hideki Kamiya and how "he listen to his fans":

http://www.neogaf.com/forum...

Next that you reply to any of my messages try to stay on topic or don´t reply to me at all.

Cheers.

Liqu1d56d ago

"we don't know why MS cancelled Scalebound"

*blames Kamiya*

ziggurcat56d ago

"To this day, we still don´t know the reasons why Microsoft canceled Scalebound...."

yeah, we do: https://www.pcgamesn.com/sc...

UCForce56d ago

The problem with you is that your words aren't convinced enough.

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Zeref56d ago (Edited 56d ago )

It will have a physical release in the UK. Digital only in other countries.

It sounds legit to me. This comes from IGN after all. Their Spanish arm. But it's still IGN.

sigrid56d ago

No, if you read it they are literally quoting the xboxgeneration fansite.

Wait for an official statement ... which is unlikely to come.

zekk55d ago

https://www.videogamer.com/...

Not sure how accurate this article is but if it's true xb1 won't be seeing the game anytime soon

Hardiman55d ago

It's not coming to Xbox One. There's an article on here and the devs say Ni No Kuni II is only coming to PS4 and PC. Sorry.

MegamanXXX56d ago

And that's one of the reasons why I didn't invest in one this generation

RosweeSon56d ago

Well that begs the question why not with all their funds surely could pay for some research and development hey even twitter maybe. There’s enough info out there if look around not that we’ve all been playing Japanese games for the last 30+ years either 🙄✌🏻🕹

Vizigoth0456d ago (Edited 56d ago )

All Microsoft wants is as many as devices possible sold that has Windows 10 on it. Heck if they can get Microsoft Office on it as well I'm sure they would. I think this is just their way for people to pay $500 for Windows 10 OS. Games? Sure if someone else makes them. Why would we pay employees to do that and lose money in that direction. Except for Halo Gears and Forza which keep customers anchored in hopes of something new and phenomenal like Cuphead! All so that we can sell more damn Windows 10!

Poek56d ago

I think that they should try to change the culture in their own company and the way they do business. No more half truths n such. More action, less talk. Put together a team that soley works w Japanese developers. Posted up in Japan. Probably won't payoff rightaway but may establish a foundation for the future.

I'm a mma fan and I've been to Saitama arena to see Pride fighting. What I observed is Japanese people will cheer for the winner and loser... if they saw that the fighter and gave it their all. I think if MS put in honest efforts, that it may payoff.

Ya, ok... i gotta pspro. But we don't need a Sony or Nintendo monopoly.

JonnS56d ago

Maybe if the studio had not mishandle its budget and delayed the game four times .

Things would be different today .

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KillBill56d ago

Except, Scalebound in concept was a Japanese made video game trying to follow US style gameplay.

Godmars29056d ago

The problem, as always, is that MS is overly focused on a certain type of game and gamer. Namely online multi for the subscription fees.

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XiNatsuDragnel57d ago

Sadly this is true I fear they need to change this.

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Zeref56d ago

It's already happening little brother.
Ni No Kuni 2 is coming to Xbox.
http://es.ign.com/m/ni-no-k...

"It seems that the alleged leak of Ni No Kuni II: The Rebirth of a Kingdom as part of the catalog of Xbox One was very accurate. From the media specialist Xbox Generation point out that several sources of Bandai Namco claim that this JRPG will be in the console of Microsoft. However, it will only be in digital format.
 
This version, with no official release date, does not appear to have a physical edition except in the United Kingdom , pending the distributor to comment on it.
 
The Level 5 game is a beautiful JRPG with the aesthetic of Studio Ghibli, who actively collaborated in the first game, for Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 3. However, the study does not appear in the credits of that second installment due to the closure of its production department and the change in its business model.
 
Ni No Kuni II will be released in January 2018 , being the most anticipated titles, and a very good way to start the year. Let's hope that Xbox users do not have to wait too long to enjoy it."

XiNatsuDragnel56d ago

Brother this one has called fake, btw where's your crew at?

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UCForce56d ago

Are you seriously spamming the same comments ?

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Relientk7756d ago

This is balantly obvious with the lack of Japanese games on Xbox