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Persona 5, NieR: Automata, NiOh, Yakuza Devs and More Discuss the Renaissance of Japanese Games

A charming documentary stars well-known developers from beloved Japanese series as they talk about the resurgence of local games worldwide.

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gamerzero43d ago (Edited 43d ago )

This is 100% due to the success of the PS4.

The PS4 has been the driving force in the revival of Japanese gaming. Last gen when the 360 was strong all we got was shooter clones and Japanese devs were forced to try to emulate western games because 360 owners were so narrow minded in interest pretty much inventing the term weeb to shun Japanese styled games.

It's funny how now that the PS4 and Japanese games are doing well to see the same people who cried weeb now begging for these games. Of course tey still aren't going to buy them as we can see from the poor sales of Japanese multi-platform games. They just want to be able to say "xbox has Japanese games"

InKnight7s43d ago

What really happened to Japanese games that the market wasn't so informative about Japan, I mean when PS3 happened japanese devs didn't like it or wasn't knowladgeable about the market need, so they kept releasing Gundam game which no one cares about in the west due to complxity reasons. Furthermore, Level 5 games were excellent and presented best games ever on PS2, but when it came to PS3 they were too medicore and for some reasons Japanese tend to lower the action and awesome animations from their games all the time and FFXIII and White Knight are great examples, their trailers were awesome the actual products were meh. Lastly, the "FFXIII" destroys last gen Japanese comeback for sure, it has too shallow experience, waisted potentials, 20 hours of prolouge with most boring linearity and repeatiing one pattern all the time. Furthermore, SE decided to force XIII rather than let it go, I mean VersusXIII was really important as well as Agito, but for the very first time SE decided to produce 2 sequels and yet these sequels were excellent but never get the trust and hype of the the OG, also, these sequels were weird almost no story relation except characters. That killed it. Furthemore, Dissidia, Crisis Core, KHBBS and The 3rd Birthday were the best but again due to weird SE managment they release it in portables. After a while some developers from SE actually regrets releasing some titles as portable titles. Luckly, this gen Japanese dev were more than just huge budget SE lost potential games.

CBaoth43d ago

fantastic piece. Did not know the lead director of RE7 was one of the people responsible for Tenchu. My god Capcom, get this man to make a spiritual successor

kalkano42d ago

I really hope this is just the tip of the iceberg. This year, I'm really looking forward to Dragon Quest 11, Valkyria Chronicles 4, and hopefully Fire Emblem for Switch.

In the future, I hope we see more IP revivals, like Grandia, Suikoden, Chrono, Shining Force, etc. But, it is important that they stay true to what those series are. Meaning, let Turn-Based games be Turn-Based games. Otherwise, there's no point in reviving them. If they want to make action games, they should either make new IPs, or revive action IPs.