Itagaki: current console model “isn’t going to work”

Wednesday, 17th July 2013 22:42 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Console gaming isn’t going to survive if the industry just keeps doing the same old stuff, according to Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive creator Tomonobu Itagaki.

In a feature article from Famitsu translated by Polygon, Itagaki gave his impressions from E3 2013.

“In a world where our customers now have their attention divided by their PCs, their tablets and their smartphones, simply having consoles expand upon what they previously were isn’t going to work any longer,” he said.

“Having a system that just reads controller input, makes a screen image and outputs it to the TV isn’t going to work, no matter how rich the media it’s producing.

“It seems like every first party is trying to get a feel for what makes a console truly special, and that’s something developers are going to have to feel on, too.”

The full article, available through the link above, contains similar comments from yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi, Sonic director Takashi Iizuka and Capcom producer Motohide Eshiro, but other Japanese developers like Final Fantasy producer Yoshinori Kitase and Level-5 boss Akihiro Hino seemed enthusiastic about western development and the upcoming hardware transition.

Itagaki left Temco Koei in 2008 after 16 years with the publisher. he established a new studio, Valhalla Games, but its first game, Devil’s Third, was dropped by THQ and is yet to find a new publisher.

Thanks, GamesIndustry.



  1. dizzygear

    “but its first game, Devil’s Third, was dropped by THQ and is yet to find a new publisher.”

    I was wondering what happened to that game.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. wildBoar

    “gaming is going to die.. Also please pay attention to me.”

    #2 1 year ago
  3. lookingglass

    It’s always the people who say it’ll never happen that are the most surprised.

    You have to realize that you’re going to get older and your generation is as big as it will ever get. Sure, classic gaming with just a controller, a disc, and a tv will ride with your generation til it dies.

    However, each new generation is bigger than yours. This means that at some point there will be more money to be made making games for them than making games for you. What you like in gaming will matter less and less and what they like will matter more and more.

    Take a look at how they’re gaming. What I see in my family out of the dozen or so under 12 crowd is a lot more tablet gaming than console gaming. Where as I was playing a Super Nintendo or my Genesis at their age, they are playing with tablets, phones, and PCs. They are touching gaming literally and as time goes on I see them talking and gesturing to devices more comfortably.

    Deny it all you want, but the only constant is change. Gaming has changed, gaming is changing, and gaming will continue to change.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. actuallyisnotafox

    completely agree, the ‘next gen’ innovation just inst there, there has never been such a closer gap to the same old stuff, and sure if it works dont fix it but, sony have these next few months to really shape up and show what 8 years of new technology and advancements can really bring.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Stardog

    Console gaming won’t be affected this gen.

    It will only be affected if tablets get better first-party input, meaning analog sticks, triggers, etc.

    And if game streaming takes off, there will be no such thing as a “console game” or a “mobile game”, just games that you can play on any device.

    Consoles exist to provide high-end graphics at an affordable price. As long as they remain the leader at providing that, they will exist. I would be surprised if there was a PS5.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. ChunkyLover112

    There’s only ONE company out there that can save console gaming: Microsoft. I’m sure many of you would agree.

    Sometimes I can’t help but think that it’s the only company even trying to help consoles gaming while sony’s digging the grave deeper and deeper for each new game – and console.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. ibrahimHassounah

    I think Microsoft was making something innovative that the world weren’t ready for , if Microsoft continue as they plan then they have the gaming future under there hands

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Vice

    I’ll probably be happiest person on earth for quite some time if consoles just die out. I’m sick of losing good games to them, or having to play them with emulator 10 years later, when they’re already by far no so good and full of glitches.
    Unfortunately I don’t think it’s gonna happen any time soon, if ever, and if it happens and everyone moves to PC… Well… Hello always-online roms in every game, mp or not.

    #8 1 year ago

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