Capcom: RPGs don't sell well outside of Japan

While PlayStation 3 owners continue to lash out in regards to the lack of a steady RPG stream on their beloved console, Keiji Inafune, Capcom's head of Research and Development, is going in the opposite direction by proclaiming that RPGs just don't sell well enough outside of Japan to make them worth committing to. In a recent interview with, Inafune was asked if Capcom had any plans on bringing back the Breath of Fire franchise, his answer, of course, was something we didn't particularly want to hear.

"There are currently no plans on making a new Breath of Fire game," Inafune says. "Apart from that, regarding RPG titles, they are very popular in Japan, but only certain RPG titles sell so Capcom doesn't really need to even consider making these titles as an option. There's a low possibility that we'll be making one in the near future."

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GiantEnemyCrab3582d ago

Keiji: I disagree. JRPG may not sell well outside of Japan but look at games like Oblivion, Fallout 3, Fable 2 or even Mass Effect, these WRPG's do sell well. Even the sales inside Japan are pretty sorry for most of the JRPG's from the past couple years. The same ol tired JRPG forumla just isn't doing it for gamers like it used to. If you plan on sticking to the same tired forumla then I think it's a smart idea to avoid investing in them.

TheColbertinator3582d ago (Edited 3582d ago )

I loved Mass Effect,Oblivion,Fallout 3,and Fable 2 but they lacked that linear storytelling that the JRPG genre excels at.Maybe someday a JRPG developer will get it right and return the genre to its glory

Harry1903582d ago

When talking about it, he probably had Breath of Fire in mind and after the disaster that Breath of Fire Dragon Quarter was, I would agree with him that it would be hard to revive this once great franchise. However, it does not seem financially viable at the moment.

Look at you Mr Inafune, you become a big shot and you only start thinking about money and management. I hope he does the same thing as Yuji Naka and realizes that he is one of the best video game creators in this industry and goes back to creating games instead of being stuck with financial management.

Bnet3433582d ago

He was probably talking about JRPG's. We all know how great WRPG's do here in the states. They should begin work on Lost planet 2 and Dead Rising 2 after SFIV and RE5 hit shelves since they aren't going into Breath of Fire.

gambare3582d ago

yes, that's why titles like Oblivion, fallout 3, mass effect had a huge impact, they combine a nice new formula of combat and history telling with the open world exploration with non linear paths, JRPGs are stuck on linear modes because the Japanese public are used to do reading but they hate exploration, but that kills the enjoy of the gameplay.

Itrguy0013582d ago

i want some more JRPGs' FF isnt always going to settle me down. still plying Persona3 cause i still have yet to beat it same wit Disgea3, Eternal Sonata. :( give me more JRPGs' damnit

The Great Melon3582d ago (Edited 3582d ago )

@ gambare
While jrpgs are much more linear, they also are able to develop the story much more. I decided to to try Oblivion but got tired of it after about 10 hours as nothing happened. Just a lot of roaming around and little story. Might pick it back up but have a feeling that it takes a lot of time to progress the story in that game. Mass Effect on the other hand looks good but until its on the PS3 I won't be able to try it.

SaiyanFury3582d ago

BS the Breath of Fire games don't sell outside Japan. I remember parts 3 and 4 on the original PS doing very well.

Danja3582d ago

JRPG's do sell well outside of Japan but if they crap for then they obviously wont sell.

alot of JRPG's dont get marketed well outside of Japan so that's why they dont end to sell that well...

Valkyria Chronicles is an example of lack of marketing...

Panthers3581d ago

Western RPGs are just boring to me. The story is so meh. If I am going to level up characters for 40+ hours, I want to care about them and whatnot. Japanese stories are usually over the top, but that is better than doing a bunch of pointless sidequests in a huge open world. With RPGs, I like linear better than open.

QQcrybaby3580d ago

You're 100% correct. Exactly what I was thinking when I read the headline.

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Blasphemy3582d ago

Capcom is only made up of 600 people. I didn't know that. They put out alot of great games considering their size.

Bnet3433582d ago

Well you only need like 50 guys for one game so 600 is an ideal number.

Honolulu3582d ago

They outsource a lot, fyi.
For instance, both the Bionic Commando titles are done by Grin.

TheColbertinator3582d ago

Capcom should try it first.JRPGs will not sell well if they suck.However a great JRPG will get attention.

Kush_Reaper3582d ago

Well if they are good and reinventive then rpg fans will more than welcome it. It's just that this gen rpg's hasn't really seen any huge improvements from the ps2 era except for the usual graphical leap. But then again people are willing to buy more of the same stuff.


El_Colombiano3582d ago

Dead Rising PS3 Capcom? *sniffle* Please?

Bnet3433582d ago (Edited 3582d ago )

$200 for an Xbox 360 and it's a good console to boot. Ask your mom for one if you really want Dead Rising that bad.

I don't really care what he does, just don't start spamming that on every Capcom article. That's why you buy more then one console, so you don't have to beg and wait.

gambare3582d ago

or wait and see if the PSN release is true. IF is true then expect this title for 30 bucks.

El_Colombiano3581d ago

You know what, it was more of some light humor when I posted that. And yes I know the 360 is cheap, but I refuse to RE-buy another 360 after I got my third RROD. THAT is why I no longer have Dead Rising and never will unless Capcom brings it to a console I can play without worrying about RROD every time I turn it on. And no, I wasn't planning on spamming every Capcom news article, but because you had to come out and say that, I think I might as well. Add me to your ignored list btw, or you'll be seeing a lot of me around.

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