Last years, Keiji Inafune turned heads at the Tokyo Game Show 2009 when he let the world know that Japan is done within the industry and that the country can no longer develop games properly. Of course, everyone took this as a joke and just though Inafune had gone a little nuts. However, now that the Tokyo Game Show’s 2010 edition is all wrapped up, Inafune spoke with the New York Times to let people know that the feeling is still the same.
“I look around Tokyo Games Show, and everyone’s making awful games. Japan is at least five years behind. Capcom is barely keeping up. I want to study how westerners live, and make games that appeal to them.”
I’m never sure whether to just chuckle or feel bad for Inafune when he makes comments like these. It’s as though he doesn’t understand that Japan has turned out great titles over the last year like Demon’s Souls or Final Fantasy XIII (I’m kidding). Considering how anticipated Dead Rising 2 has been as of late, you’d think Inafune would be jumping on board, but I guess the zombie lifestyle just doesn’t appeal to his sophisticated Westernized senses anymore.
Remember, Inafune has previously stated that Devil May Cry 5 will have a Western touch and that looks to be true with Ninja Theory giving the franchise a reboot much to the displeasure of its hardcore fans.
Do you guys agree with Inafune in that Japan is starting to become more and more irrelevant in the industry or do you think this guy has just fallen off the edge and is in a downward spiral?