Japan is 'last big market' for foreign studios, says Takeuchi

Resident Evil 5 producer ‘worried’ about Western devs

Jun Takeuchi, producer of Resident Evil 5, has admitted that he is ‘worried’ about the impact Western developers will have in Japan this year.

When asked by Famitsu what he thought 2009 would bring, Takeuchi said: "I’m worried about the movements of Western developers. Japan is now their target – it’s the last big marketplace. The truth is that Western studios are making great games, and they’re going to continue to do so next year too.

But Takeuchi also has hopes for an improvement in Japan’s domestic games market: "It’s not good if Japanese developers are making games that can’t be enjoyed by Japanese people. I hope that 2009 is a year where developers – not just Capcom, but other makers too – can have big hits that improve the Japanese games industry as a whole.

"2009 will also see Resident Evil 5 finally released, and it’ll also then see us on to our next step. We haven’t shown what Capcom has in store for 2009 yet, so I hope we can surprise you all soon."

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