Platinum: East versus West development division “not very meaningful”

Tuesday, 22nd February 2011 03:11 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Platinum Games producer Atsushi Inaba has commented on claims that the Japanese industry is lagging behind the West, saying bad development happens everywhere.

“My personal opinion is that it’s not very meaningful to segment the industry into Japanese and American,” Inaba told Play.

“Wherever you go there are two kinds of game developers. One is good developers who have brilliant ideas and passion and the means and the resources to make their ideas into games.

“The other is bad studios who are not as good at what they do and those studios will be naturally selected to fail.”

Responding to Keiji Inafune’s widely reported comments that Japan is “at least five years behind”, Inaba was dismissive.

“There’s been a lot of talk about the Japanese gaming industry,” he said. “… all there really is are some publishers in Japan are not doing so great.”

Thanks, IndustryGamers.



  1. Blerk

    I can’t help but think many Japanese developers might fare better if they found their own niche instead of trying to copy Western games. Platinum seem to be doing pretty well out of that.

    #1 4 years ago

    I think it’s easy to forget half of western ideas stem from Japan anyway (gears of war, uncharted 2 etc), bar the FPS, and with it’s dominance in recent years is why Japan has seemed to lag.

    Platinum are just old school japan with resources and funding for todays development. It will be interesting to see what Tango Gameworks comes up with, with the support of Bethesda behind them. These 2 companies could be the dawn of a new age of Japanese development and hopefully an inspiration for western developers in turn.

    Capcom lost something in translation and as such it’s games have suffered with it’s dependence on eastern influence (it doesn’t help that them seem to cosy up with shite teams). Luckily Street Fighter still has it’s roots firmly placed.

    #2 4 years ago

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