However, things are getting better as the company is building tighter relationships with Japanese creators.
We hope that comes true
I personally want more SHMUPS and I know I'm not alone in that regard. Somebody should light a fire under Cave to start porting their huge catalog of shooters. Toaplan, Irem, hell even Technosoft (now part of Sega). I want new versions of classic games like Thunderforce, RType, Truxton, Gradius. If Darius can get a new release then why the hell not Gradius?????
darthv72 - You are definitely not alone, but how well do they sell? Whenever I'm in Japan (usually once a year) I always hit an arcade and throw a few hundred yen into the latest SHMUP. I wish the genre was more popular.
It's already coming true. One Piece World Seeker is coming to Xbox for crying out loud, when was the last time One Piece was on Xbox? if ever.. only one I can think of is burning blood, was that the first one?
Big brother. What we do know that Microsoft has to pay money to get these which is good and all, but convincing the Japanese game industry = hell naw. Go hang out with Mavis and tell her I said hi
I don't disagree little brother. But we're seeing improvement compared to a couple of years ago. The Japanese market will never fully embrace Xbox. The only way I see them gaining ground is buying a Japanese Company and using their brand, I'm thinking Sega would be the best candidate for them since Sega is still very strong in Japan. Buy Sega, Reintroduce Xbox there as the Sega X or something. Only way for them to compete there. Also the fact the 2 of their biggest franchises are being developed by Sega companies helps , The relationship is obviously there, they were even almost acquired at one point, had that happened I think Xbox would be in a much different position in the Japanese market right now.
But Sega is a strong company big bro. It's better to create a Japanese Xbox studio..
Would someone please tap the turntable, the record keeps getting stuck in the same spot.
How bout that record about investing more in 1st party. And what did we learn from that? Whats makes you think MS can't get back in touch with Japanese devs?
Of course they can, just open that checkbook. But it wont equate to an increase in console sales, that's a reality. And the games wont sell well on xbox, that's another reality.
oldboy, "open that checkbook" is a quick fix strategy that has failed MS in the past and has gotten them in this mess to begin with. Things take time. They needed time for the 1st party studios, and after the countless meetings I'm sure he had with the higher-ups, he got it done. They got the right platform out (X), they got the studios out, now give them time to build relationships with Japanese devs. Good relationships won't develop by "open that checkbook" strategy. It will take time. And Phil&team are finally doing it the right way. We must be patient now.
"Whats makes you think MS can't get back in touch with Japanese devs?" The same thing that makes me think they can't make a decent music player, a phone, a web based game service for the PC. Its called history.
I think that every time you post.
If MS are serious about increasing their appeal in Japan/Asia - why not create a new first party studio there??? Owning a studio that attracts local talent and makes content specifically for Asia seems like the better option for long term improvement.
Because MS can’t grasp the concept of creation. Need a specific game? Buy it! Need to cover a genre? Buy it! Need first party support? Buy it!
They have never truly cared about the essence of gaming.
Yea, who would have thought that buying things is how the business world works.
Two studios MS talked about are brand new studios, Playground's second studio and The Initiative. Playground's first studio and Undead Labs were only making Xbox games so buying them (smartly) moves them from "2nd Party". Ninja Theory and Compulsion are the only 3rd party acquisitions out of the six studios MS announced at E3. At any rate, shouldn't you be happy that MS has increased it's ability to make games? It seems like a lot of unnecessary work on your part to keep moving the goalposts.
And? Sony bought Naughty Dog, Sucker Punch, Bend, Media Molecule, and Guerilla Games.
I agree and have said this before thatS needs one studio in Japan that can make Japanese type games with a Western appeal.
Honestly, creating a studio in Japan wouldn't really help Xbox sales in Japan.
Any type of sells in Japan are minuscule at best unless its a handheld.
I'd like to see Lost Odyssey 2, please.
Can we get Lost Odyssey 2 then? Or Saclebound?
well when you're at rock bottom support of course even trying a little gets you up higher.
More PR talk from Phil. Resurrect Scalebound from the dead and maybe I'll believe you.
There used to be a time when Japanese publishers and developers would put exclusives on Xbox platforms, even if they turned out to be timed exclusives. Those times have passed
Still ain't going to sell good in japan.
They should of acquired or built from scratch at least 1 Japanese company. I don't know why don't they pick up some of the legends over there that have been floundering on Kickstarter like the sonic creator, the mega man creator, or the castlevania creator. They could pony up the IP of mega man or castlevania as Capcom are struggling and Konami don't give 2 shits about gaming. That would go a long way to start building back those bridges, but would still probably take another full generation of numorous teams and relationships made to really make a true impact (something they should of been doing for past 15 years)
If that's what you call cancelling one of the bigger japanese studios exclusive game on your console then yeah.
"Our weabo trash hating fans will love us for this." - Phil Spencer All I see on MS threads when Japanese games get announced for PS4. Lets face it, they're not going to sell well, or MS fans will claim they're better than sliced bread and you can 'play the best version'.
"I'm fond of committing libel" -bigmalky
Yeah... Americans love suing. They can't debate well enough unless it involves cash.
For the sake video games, do it! Competiton or face corporation!
Lost touch this gen period.
Just continue with third party support it’s obvious first party Japanese games fail on Xbox.
What Japanese developers is he talking about? Almost every major Japanese developers are already going multiplatform. Getting more support and i think it will the same (even Dragon Quest XI for XBO in Japan won't help anything). Getting support from Japanese Devs like Sony/Nintendo is impossible. As for now (and maybe ever) this is the best MS can get. And it's not because "losing touch" or anything, it's the market which shapes that.
As long as MS keeps the F away from buying Japanese studios then they can promote whatever. MS buying out a studio from Japan equals an instant death for said studio and doesn’t help MS out one bit.
It doesn’t matter, at the end of the day Japan is Nintendo and PlayStation territory, the Japanese don’t like the Xbone and it’s terrible sales only highlight the fact, any developers that partner with MS are either getting a massive pay check or there games are timed exclusive because let’s be real here, JRPGs never sell on a Xbone.
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