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Metroid creator does not intend to return to traditional games

Metroid series director and producer Yoshio Sakamoto has no plans to go back to traditional triple-A development, preferring the weird and wonderful like new project Tomodachi Life.


CVG asked Sakamoto when he expects to get back to making traditional games.

"I do not intend to do so," he said.

"There might be various tasks I might be involved in with past series. However, even if so I would always like to introduce new entertainment and new fun to those series."

Sakamoto noted that when working on any existing franchises, he'll do his best to satisfy long-term fans, but he has other ambitions.

"I would like to create entertainment that's completely different and that brings new emotions. I would like to challenge myself in those unique directions," he said.

"If we can make new types of gamers enjoy video games for the first time through Tomodachi Life, then they might eventually become interested in the more conventional games. I think we need to ensure that video games remain attractive to consumers, and in order to do so new concepts and ideas are important. I would like to challenge myself to do that."

Sakamoto went on to say that at its core, all games development is about what emotions the creator inspires in players.

"I think in the end what is most important is hospitality towards consumers. When we develop games we always think, 'what do we have to do to make players happy or satisfied?'" he concluded.

Tomodachi Life is due for release on 3DS in June.

Thanks, Gamespot.

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