CC: Ubisoft are planning to break into the Japanese games market according to executive director Alain Corre.
Good move. A rival to Final Fantasy will boost things up all over the world. Not just Japan.
It'll be very interesting to see if they do bring a major RPG. Like he said, they're planning to get into the Japanese market with an RPG AS BIG AS FINAL FANTASY. They've got balls to even attempt that.
It's funny when you consider that Square Enix publishes their games in Japan... It might mean they're pushing the new Might & Magic game by Capybara, that could definitely appeal to Japanese gamers, and it's on the DS as well. I'd say if they're talking about teaming up with an RPG maker though that it's probably Mistwalker...
Teaming with Mistwalker would be a very good move.
I was waiting for Sony to have one of their studios, like Sony Japan, do one rock 'em soc 'em JRPG like this. I wish Ubisoft good luck on that front cause it would be great to have more elite RPGs other than Final Fantasy all the time.
Not gonna happen.
in japan and as a multi-plat worldwide,360 is not going to garner game sales or make your game successful in japan as greedy SE have painfully found out
Go for it, I guess. I don't see a heck of a lot special about Ubi publishing JRPGs.
not another WRPG! it's hard for any western studio to do it but Ubi can set up a new studio in Japan just for JRPG and I think, that might work!
See absolutely NO need to try and break into the Japanese market... especially with an RPG! Seriously! It seems that Corporates are failing to understand that Japan is no longer the "must break into market" it used to be. Europe and America have been pumping out MUCH better RPGs, with fresher stories (no looser kids with soon-to-be-found powers here!), and more interesting mechanics. Disagree with me all you want, but I think Ubisoft is wasting its time!
@1.9: While WRPGs have improved tremendously this gen, they are not much better then JRPGs, graphics and non-linearity are pretty much the only things WRPGs have over JRPGs. OT - I would love to see this happen, a western developer making a JRPG, they would probably add in some of the better WRPG elements which traditional JRPG developers won't risk adding. Ubisoft definitely have got alot of balls to try this.
@1.9 It's not always about making money and seeing profits rise like a hot air balloon. Sometimes a video game company just wants to make a great video game for people to really enjoy. So go ahead and feel that a company planning to make a solid game for potentially millions of people to appreciate is "a waste of time."
I'm very interested in seeing how this RPG turns out. Japanese gamers love their RPGs. JRPGs tend to be heavily influenced by their own culture so I wonder how Ubisoft plans on tapping into this market.
Much like Splinter Cell.
You think the Splinter Cell series has flopped? The next instalment is one of the most anticipated games of 2010 :S
They don't really "plan" to do anything, the quote is full of "if's" and it's clear they're exploring the possibilities at the moment, nothing more.
Correct me if I'm wrong but I think this is a mission statement. They clearly say "Our mission." The only time the rep says "if" was when he was referring to the possibility of working with Japanese developers.
"Perhaps someday our efforts will result in a major hit" "If we can get a quality team of RPG-oriented developers" "If we have a chance to work with Japanese creators" Generally when you plan something, you dont rely on "if". It's when. "but not any RPGs yet. Still, we're open to all possibilities" Take note of the word, "possibilities" also "open to". Not "looking to", Like I said they're looking at the possibilities right now.
but it doesn't say 'plan' once :S He says 'I'd love to release one' - So they want to crack the japanese market with an RPG, if they team up with some RPG devs.
Thanks Captain Obvious! My reading comprehension is equal to a toddler's so it's great you could chime in with that wonderful interpretation. Take this for what it is. Ubisoft will be looking into the possibilities now and taking chances when they see them instead of simply going "We're not interested in that particular market." That's a significant difference in my eyes.
LOL good luck ubisoft
Seriously Ubi, this will fail... just make Beyond Good and Evil 2, dammit
The if part already make it seems lousy and less appealing . Remember that naruto rpg ? turns out not only it wasnt really a rpg but a bunch of mini games , but it was also a mediocre naruto games .
It will never happen.. the cultural differences will make it extremely difficult to break into the Japanese market especially with the RPG genre. The Japs like their over the top characters and cliche personalities... unless they went for that sort of style, I really can't see them breaking into the market. Look at Oblivion, a solid rpg by most people's standards but the Japs didn't really bother too much and it was criticised for well.. not being Japanese.
Oblivion really was bad in my opinion. Had no character, no personality. Felt like the game was completely lifeless and uninspired. Sure there was "attention to detail," but that doesn't really make a game great for me. And I'm not even a "Jap."
*watch the disagrees, lol!!* They make it turn based and release it on the Wii/DS. The DS itself has beem proven to be a RPG devs dream and everyone in Japan has a Wii. I seriously doubt Ubi will get its act together with this though.
Oh yeah! look at how the disagrees are flooding in! /S
My issue is , when a japanese dev wants to appeal to the west , as a main focus , they do the worst kind of cliché possible , and turn their rpg some dumb action game . Kinda like when MArvel comics wants to do a manga serie , it's some crap with the most generic anime style possible and done by wannabes . So yeah my fear would be some awful thing like Silver ... basically a lame western ff7 and other jrpgs copie fo the time .. reproducing even it's flaws , instead of being its own "man" . Square and ubi , and some others .... you want to appeal to the other side ? Then keep doing your own stuff , stay true to yourselves , and just use themes and gameplay feature that could appeal to that new audience . Dont insult them by abusing clichés from games they would find better .
This is a good idea but Japanese RPG fans only likes one console its probaby a better choice to keep it as a exclusive.
If Ubisoft is going to make a RPG for Japanese fans then they half to put it on PS3 as a exclusive cause if Ubisoft have high hopes for a 360 version in japanese that really is FUNNY! cause it won't sale that mandy copies.
Hopefully they'll do the one thing JP devs never seem to and get a JP point of view. At the very least actually look and see what JP are into. Take a deep, not shallow, look at the culture.
make it on the PS3 if their goal is cracking the Japanese market with an rpg... But I guess that only makes sense, taking into consideration the install base of the Xbox in Japan vs that of the PS3.
JUsT call it....... "BEGINNING FANTASY"
Ubi needs to get its game right before moving onto a different market