The current issue of Famitsu Weekly held a discussion on the future of the Japanese games industry with the top tier developers from Japan. This post will mostly cover what Toshihiro Nagoshi (Daytona USA, Super Monkey Ball and Yakuza) said (cuz, you know, we are a SEGA news site).
Famitsu also interviewed Toeishi Ashihara (Cygames), Hideki Kamiya (Platinum Games), Yoshinori Kitase (Square-Enix), Akihiro Suzuki (Koei-Tecmo), Yosuke Hayashi (Koei-Tecmo), Katsuhiro Harada (Bandai-Namco), and Hiroshi Matsuyama (CyberConnect2). If you want to read their replies check out Nichegamer’s article on the the whole thing. Check out Nagoshi’s responses after the jump.
- Is really grateful the PS4 has a lot of power that can be utilized relatively easily. Right now the biggest issue with making games is the business side rather than the development side.
- Developers don’t have a prediction for when enough people will shift over to current gen, allowing them to gradually shift away from cross-gen development.
- All that power allows them to make really beautiful and fluid games but it costs a lot of money which causes a lot of uneasiness. Ultimately though they don’t want gamers to have to worry about such things and just be able to enjoy the games.
- Despite the PS4’s graphics being certainly better when compared to the PS3, he doesn’t think it’s that huge of a leap.
- While they plan on being able to release only on PS4, they can’t say anything concrete.
- They estimate that sales within Asia will double that of Japan and things will start to change.
- The Yakuza series is first and foremost a game for Japan, so you can’t pin all your hopes and dreams on such a Japanese game.
- We need to think of high-end consoles as something necessary to keep us moving forward.
- In a world where PCs and smartphones exist, game consoles kinda occupy this weird little place in the middle.
- Can’t imagine what things will be like 10 years in the future but doesn’t see an easy path for game consoles.
Its interesting to note that SEGA’s focus has seemed to have shifted from the Wii U to the Playstation 4. Every interview with them has been mostly positive about the system, makes you wonder what they have up their sleeve for the future…Ad: