Metal Gear Solid V designer says Japanese industry has not gotten worse

GS:Jordan Amaro responds to Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune's comments about downtrodden state of development in island nation, believes "discretion, humility, and hard work" should be emphasized.

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EXVirtual2266d ago

Exactly. Certain companies in the Japanese industry have gotten worse. As in Capcom.
I think that Square Enix is back on track with FFXV and KH3 and Namco Bandai has gotten my utmost respect lately, mainly with the Tales series.

Even if the Japanese industry has taken a hit, it can easily recover and it's looking pretty good to me so far.

I know that because of FFXIII people have their doubts about the Japanese industry, but just remember epic title like Xenoblade and the Last Story.

Godmars2902266d ago

When two of the biggest game companies in Japan are only making bad choices and doing nothing new, likewise if smaller companies aren't or can't make PS3/360 games, either retreated to handhelds and iOS or closed their doors, then there's a problem.

360ICE2266d ago

Agree. Given how huge the Japanese development scene was only seven - eight years ago, both in comparison to the western scene and to how it is now, I'd say SOMETHING in there is not as it should be.

dark-hollow2266d ago

Exactly what I thought, Japanese games and developers were the best of the best in nes all the way to ps2 era. You knew you are in for a treat when the likes of square or capcom release their next big game.

Like it or not, but capcom and square are the only third party Japanese companies who can afford huge budgets for their games, something other Japanese developers can't cope with, but alas, these budgets are wasted on lackluster sequels and unwanted reboots and useless ios games.

When they fail then the majority of what made the Japanese gaming industry what it is is also failing.

Sega have some decent titles but most of them are Japan only, atlus are facing financial issues and unsure about it future, konami basically have mgs, castlevania and pes to cash on with a lot of mediocre offerings.

Am NOT saying there aren't good Japanese games, but they aren't as frequent and contestant as they used to be.

Godmars2902266d ago


Atlus isn't in trouble, their parent/owning company is.

Also much of the reason JP devs failed to upgrade to the 360 and PS3, weren't ready HD gaming, was because they had become too set in their ways.

fsfsxii2266d ago

I regained my love to Bamco when i played Tales of Xillia. I used to hate them for not localizing Tales of games. But now with ToX and ToX2 incoming. I'm happy.

Oh, the only companies who lost their track are Capcom (They insist on doing what pisses off their fans) and SE.

Baka-akaB2266d ago

You forgot Sega . They are even worse with the exception of Yakuza and Miku

BlaqMagiq242266d ago

Don't know why you're getting disagrees. You're spot on with eveything you said. I even played Xillia and loved it. I'm looking forward to Xillia 2 and Symphonia HD

Godlovesgamers2266d ago

"I know that because of FFXIII people have their doubts about the Japanese industry, but just remember epic title like Xenoblade and the Last Story."

And then remember how old those games are.

user74029312266d ago

i agree, look at demons souls, dark souls

Godmars2902266d ago

Which are versions/updates of a title called King's Field. Which was also based on western first-person gaming.

Baka-akaB2266d ago (Edited 2266d ago )

Still very japanese in nature when they made it their own circa over twenty years ago ...

To use another From software franchise as an example ... No one is claimed Armored Core isnt a japanese game , because somehow it was inspired by the likes of Mechwarriors .

The whole it's not a jrpg/jpanese schtick usually comes from people only associating stuff like Final fantasy or anime looking games , with jrpg .

There is a wide variety , even if some stuff is obviously more popular .

Hell we dont even see such variety with WRPG anymore , as they mostly settle with following success trends like Elder Scrolls or the the way Mass effect actionize those games .

-Foxtrot2266d ago (Edited 2266d ago )

I think it kind of has, theres a few games out there that do well but the problem is Capcom and Square Enix the two biggest publishers/companies in Japan.

I know what this guy is saying but the guy works on MGS, one of the biggest franchises that do well regardless of where it's released so of course he's not going to see the full picture because a game he's worked on over the years isn't being affected by the state of the Japanese market. While on the other hand Keiji Inafune is a man who has been f***** over by the Japanese industry, I mean the guy who created Mega Man has ended up resorting to a Kickstarter to fund a spiritual looking successor to Mega Man since he's lost it to Capcom.

Kalebninja2266d ago

capcom and SE and namco are still goin strong i dnt know why ppl are complaining capcom makes good games but they suck the money outta ya and ppl are only complaining about se cuz they dnt like the 13 series most of which have only played the firt 13 game and didnt give the second a chance

-Foxtrot2266d ago (Edited 2266d ago )

Capcom...makes good games

RE6 - Fail
dmc which they oversaw production with NT - fail
Lost Planet 3 - Fail
Bionic Commando - Fail
Dark Void - Fail
Remember Me - Fail

They've either ruined franchises, dumbed them down or ignore them (Mega Man)

As for Square's not just about FF13, it's about their attitude towards fans aswell. It stinks like Capcoms

They keep shoving Lightning down our throat
No FF7 remake
FF Type-0 is not localised
They don't listen to fans
First FF14 version was a mess

Kalebninja2266d ago (Edited 2266d ago )

dmc was cool and it was time for a change,lost planet changed but its still good it actually got a story,u forgot street fighter,asura's wrath,mvc,dead rising,monster hunter,pheonix wright all good as for SE they re-made 14 so they do listen to fans and thats invalid,type-0 was still good just cuz it wasnt localized doesnt make sense so thats invalid an ff7 isnt mandatory to be remade it doesnt make the original game not good so thats also invalid it costs money to make things and they have to continue making new games and obviously they will remake 7 they are working on other games like ff 15 which will have sequels and kh which will also continue and they had to re-do 14 to satisfy fans so thats all alot of work to focus on

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solidboss072266d ago

Fox Engine is going to tip the balance back towards the East, a little.

Hicken2266d ago

The problem is making a blanket statement like that in the first place. Some companies have gotten worse, some haven't. Much of what's being called "worse" is staying the same, which isn't necessarily true. Likewise, some of what's considered "worse" is changing in ways people aren't happy with.

But it's not EVERY dev and publisher from Japan that's doing any or all of these things. People have simply jumped on the train to proclaim something most of them don't even really know anything about.

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