Japanese Developers Five Years Behind, Capcom Barely Keeping Up

By Colin Tan on September 20, 2010, 11:32AM EDT

Keiji Inafune is at it again. Speaking with the New York Times, Inafune states that many if not all Japanese developers are lagging "five years behind" its western counterparts and "Capcom is barely keeping up."

"I look around Tokyo Games Show, and everyone's making awful games; Japan is at least five years behind," he said.

"Capcom is barely keeping up. I want to study how Westerners live, and make games that appeal to them."

Capcom is one of few developers that are branching out to the west. They even acquired Blue Castle Games, the developers behind Dead Rising 2 as well as getting Heavenly Sword and Enslaved developer Ninja Theory to work on a reboot of the Devil May Cry series, called DmC.

Shinji Mikami, developer of Vanquish, cited a culture clash between east and west, stating that "Japanese developers tend to work on inspiration, not so much on a set time schedule like the Americans, so when EA asked about the game month after month, we felt like loan sharks were coming after us."

However, he also mentions that there are no hard feelings between them and EA Partners, agreeing that they are very grateful for being "so understanding."

Source: New York Times

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