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

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

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.

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