We’ll never catch western dev, says Japanese chap

By Patrick Garratt, Wednesday, 10 September 2008 19:58 GMT

Game Republic head Yoshiki Okamoto thinks it’s all over. Almost. The ex-Capcom man think western development is now too far ahead for Japan to ever revisit the glory days.

“It’s almost too late,” he said. “During the Famicom (NES) era, Japanese video games comprised 70 percent of all video games.

“And currently, it’s like 15 or 20 percent, isn’t it? Now, Western games are more advanced. For games like GTAIV, those guys are spending something like 5 or 10 years to make them. Even if we thought about catching up with them now, they’d still be making progress.

“But, not necessarily giving up, it’s just not possible to catch up in a single lifetime.”

He has a point. Thanks, Kotaku.

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