Inafune: Japanese game development in crisis

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Former head of R&D and CEO of online gaming at Capcom bemoans state of local industry.

Street Fighter and Mega Man developer Keiji Inafune has spoken out about the state of the Japanese games industry, saying that lessons need to be learned from Westerners.

Speaking to IGN following his recent departure from Capcom, he complained of the “stagnation” in the local games market.

“I hope Japanese game developers are breaking through the stagnation,” he explained.

“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.”

Furthermore, he explained that Japanese games makers were often too proud to think they have anything to learn from overseas developers and that this trait was making it difficult to shift games outside of their domestic market.

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