PlatinumGames “saddened” by current Japanese gaming industry

PlatinumGames President and CEO Tatsuya Minami recently wrote a blog post that can be seen at their website, and it’s clear that he’s not too thrilled at the moment with the Japanese gaming industry.

His problems with the current state of game development, especially in Japan, stems from what he sees as a lack of original content being created as franchises grow “ever longer.” He’s saddened by what he sees as too few Japanese developers creating games with “new” at their core, and Japanese games are, as a result, failing to achieve worldwide acclaim; in short, Minami says, Japanese developers have lost their vigor.

Going forward, the CEO promises that PlatinumGames will continue to strive to provide fresh and original content to a worldwide audience, and hopes that they will inspire other Japanese developers to do the same.

“At PlatinumGames, we strive to be the face of Japanese game studios on the worldwide stage. We want our contributions to not only be towards the games industry as a whole, but also be contributions towards our homeland of Japan. That is the principle that will guide our company into the future.

We aim to bring happiness to gamers worldwide. We seek to ignite a Japanese games revival. And our troops will have the highest morale.

We’re in this fight for the long haul.”

Tatsuya Minami
President and CEO
PlatinumGames Inc.
Spring 2011

To check out the full post, hit up their website.


6 responses to “PlatinumGames “saddened” by current Japanese gaming industry

  1. Pao says:

    Their "website" leads to your dashboard!

    This is not the first time they pointed out the importance of creating New IPs in their studio, I wonder if Kamiya's game is really Bayo2?

  2. -nSega54- says:

    Hm? The link works fine for me. :/

  3. Sharky says:

    I really hope they stick with Sega…

    I also really hope that this hard on for new IPs doesn't mean we wont get Bayonetta 2… I'm fine with new IPs, but when you've got something as good as Bayonetta I think it should get sequals.

  4. (I fixed the link) 😉

    I think, rather than a Bayonetta 2, I'd love to see a new title allowing for the ability to play as Bayonetta, Jean and Rodin. It would still be a sequel, but it could have a new original title and greatly expand on the gameplay. I don't see why games always need to be a "2".

  5. -nSega54- says:

    Thought Bayonetta was okay. I'd rather see a sequel to Vanquish, though I guess that's unlikely seeing as that was more of a Mikami project.

    I don't think he's saying that sequels in and of themselves are a "bad" thing, I think he's saying sequels, like say, Yakuza, that simply play it safe and no longer try to offer new experiences, are what's wrong with the Japanese gaming industry right now, and I'd definitely agree with that.

  6. cube_b3 says:

    @ Barry: Bull Shit

    This guy is echoing Infuane.

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