Inafune: Japanese devs "don't know what to do or how to do it"

Ben Parfitt
Inafune: Japanese devs

Former Capcom developer Keiji Inafune has once again lashed out at Japanese games developers and the state of games development in the region.

“I hope Japanese game developers are breaking through the stagnation,” he told IGN. “However, the reality isn’t as good as I want it to be. I see they’re starting to be aware of the problem and that they have to do something.

“They know they have to learn more from western games and create games that’ll sell more in the western market. However, they don’t know what to do or how to do it.

“Even worse, their pride gets in the way, preventing them from learning from overseas developers. As a result, they end up staying in the domestic market rather than going global.

“Some developers are saying [the] Japanese game industry is still doing fine, but that’s wishful thinking. Words are not enough, we must act and prove it. Unless at least a few titles from Japan make it to the top 10 games of the year worldwide, we won’t prove it.”

Inafune is not afraid of criticising the state of the Japanese development scene.

As long ago as 2010 he lamented his experience at the Tokyo Game Show, stating that “everyone is making awful games”. Almost exactly a year later he quit Capcom, slamming what he called its “blame culture” in the process.

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