RE5 boss: Japanese games industry hasn’t got “hope in hell”

By Johnny Cullen, Monday, 17 May 2010 14:15 GMT


Lost Planet 2 and Resident Evil 5 producer Jun Takeuchi has said that unless the Japanese games industry evolves and keeps up with western games development, it doesn’t have a “hope in hell”.

“If the Japanese games industry doesn’t evolve and simply maintains its current status quo, I really don’t think we have a hope in hell,” Takeuchi told Xbox World 360.

“Drastically innovative ideas are needed – and quickly – to equal or exceed the Western games industry.”

His comments are very similar to ones made by fellow Capcom producer Keiji Inafune last year at Tokyo Game Show, when he said that the Japanese games industry was “finished”.

“Personally when I looked around [at] all the different games at the TGS floor,” he said back in September, “I said ‘Man, Japan is over. We’re done. Our game industry is finished.”

Harsh, innit.

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