Square Enix executive producer Akitoshi Kawazu reckons that Japanese RPGs are having a tough time with international audiences of late because, among other things, the technology behind Japanese games is not up to par with that used in the West.
When asked by Nintendo Power
how JRPGs are faring Kawazu (who has worked on titles such as The Last Remnant
and numerous FF
games) answered by not just covering the RPG genre but commenting on Japanese games in general. He explained that, "Aside from a few well-known titles, games from Japan are receiving less and less attention, regardless of if it?s an RPG or not. I feel that it has something to do with the marketing abilities of Japanese publishers, as well as the games themselves."
Then comes the crunch. He went on to add, regarding the Japanese games market, that: "The technology is not on par with Western games, and it also seems like developers are losing their passion to stick with their vision because they are being overwhelmed by costs or market trends"
With Square Enix's acquisition of Eidos last year the company has been following in Capcom's footsteps with looking towards a more international approach to their games development process.
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(Via Nintendo Everything