Capcom is predicting doom and gloom again for the Japanese gaming industry. Last September Keiji Inafune spoke to a crowd at the Tokyo Game Show expressing his opinion about the future of the Japanese gaming industry. “Personally when I looked around [at] all the different games at the TGS floor, I said ‘Man, Japan is over. We’re done. Our game industry is finished.’”
Six months later, Resident Evil producer Jun Takeuchi made similar comments. Speaking briefly to Xbox World 360, Jun Takeuchi stated “If the Japanese games industry doesn’t evolve and simply maintains its current status quo, I really don’t think we have a hope in hell,” said Takeuchi. “Drastically innovative ideas are needed – and quickly – to equal or exceed the Western games industry.”
I find it a bit ironic that Capcom is calling for the Japanese gaming industry to “evolve”and “innovate” when Capcom themselves haven’t practiced what they’re preaching yet.