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Platinum on Japan dev 'decline': 'There are tons of terrible Western studios too'

Studio's Inaba says way Japanese devs are lumped together is "a joke"

The way Japanese games developers are lumped together into one group is "a joke," Platinum Games' Atsushi Inaba has said.


Speaking in the latest issue of Edge, which is with subscribers now, the exec director argued that despite certain sectors of the industry painting a dark cloud over the region, not all Japanese studios are terrible and, in fact, "there are tons of terrible Western developers" too.

"I don't like it when people lump Japanese games developers all together into one group. Frankly, I think it's a joke. What do these people know?"

The Okami creator continued: "Think about Western developers. There are many Western developers making terrible games, and then you see one like Infinity Ward making a game that sells 20 million and everyone goes, 'hey, Western developers are amazing!'

"There are tons of terrible Western developers, just like there are tons of terrible Japanese developers. To lump studios together in great masses misses the point."

While the Bayonetta studio acknowledged that sales figures of its games haven't been "a breakthrough success," it pointed out that unlike many other Japanese developers, sales of its titles are balanced "much more towards the West."

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance director Kenji Saito added:

"I don't think there's a need to be down on Japanese games in general. Platinum is a company that is trying to push to the front and do big things. But I think it's true that some Japanese developers are still making Japanese games, and trying to maintain their status quos - that's their whole strategy."

The never-shy Inaba interrupted: "They're falling behind then, right?"

Read the full interview with the Platinum Games producers in Edge 246, which officially hits newsstands on Thursday, September 27. Buy it online.