CRI: Japan is ready for middleware

Head of smartphone division predicts change in opinion in the East
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Speaking to Develop about CRI's new smartphone division, departmental lead Tomonori Haba has suggested that Japanese developers are becoming more open-minded with regard to middleware adoption.

"In the console market, there has certainly been a section of the Japanese industry that’s been cautious about adopting middleware, and have been skeptical as to the real practical benefits and results – but that situation is changing," claims Haba.

Pointing to the increasingly demanding undertaking required for game development as reason for the change in opinion, Haba also suggested that a change in attitude has started to permeate through the industry that suggests more time should be spent on planning; something that can be streamlined with middleware.

"According to a survey we did some time ago, 95 per cent of game developers want to introduce or use middleware. This figure is the best proof that Japanese developers really are changing."

To read the full feature, which covers CRI's plans for iPhone and the various other mobile formats, click here.