Square Enix: East Losing to West on Technology Front

Sees Japanese games losing to Western counterparts

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The Last Remnant
The Last Remnant
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.

Do you want future Square Enix titles to be more 'Westernised' in future?

(Via Nintendo Everything)


Daz 31 Aug 2010 21:30
if by westernised you mean s**t hot graphics, then yes, if you mean more action, less puzzles and no turn based RPGs then NO!
Michael Scott 18 Sep 2010 11:48
I love the Final Fantasy series but found that Square focus alot on graphics and story rather then game play. Get all three up to scratch and you will create something worth playing.
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