Delayed reaction – Japanese developers impressions of E3

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E3 came and went – it seems like ages ago!  That said, news is still coming out regarding opinions of E3, this time from the Japanese developers in attendance.  Seems like a bit of East vs West rivalry is on the cards.

Famitsu magazine has published a sample of impressions about E3 from the Japanese game development industry, thankfully translated by Polygon.  As a general rule, there seems to be positive feedback regarding the PS4, and some disappointment about the upcoming games to be released.

Akihiro Hino of Level-5 said:

The number-one surprise for me was the PS4’s price. I think anyone can look at that and think ‘This is cheap!’ Putting cutting-edge PC specs into a game machine that costs just a few hundred dollars really brings across how serious SCE is about this generation. I think the Xbox One is pretty cheap considering what you get with it as well, but with this PS4 price point, they’ll have to do something to oppose that. 

In general, this echoes what we’ve all been saying.  Both consoles actually look pretty good. Sure, I’m wary of the Kinect, but there is no doubt that the Xbox One will have some awesome power.  However, the PS4 seems to still be tipping the scales for the majority of people, even if only for the difference in price.

Toshihiro Nagoshi, creator of the Yakuza series said

The show floor seemed flooded with all of these franchise titles, and as a result nothing left that much of an impression on me. The Western market has continued to mature in a way, but personally I felt like it’s definitely about to face a transition period.

This mirrors the sentiments of Motohide Eshiro, producer at Capcom

Overseas developers showed off a lot of FPSes and third-person shooters that pursued photorealism and endless detail, but as for the gameplay, I felt there wasn’t much [that was] innovative.

I’m not sure how much I can agree with these views.  Maybe these developers didn’t get to see much of the show, or perhaps they were left with such strong impressions of games like Titanfall and The Division that they forgot about all the other incredible games on display.  What about The Witcher 3, inFamous: Second Son, Murdered:Soul Suspect and Watch Dogs?  All are very impressive games that made our best of E3 awards; they’re innovative and left quite an impression on us – oh, and they aren’t shooters; first or third person.  I just hope that if these developers left E3 wanting more, it inspires them to give us more!  I have no problem with a bit of rivalry as long as it leads to more awesome games.

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Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let's get on with it!

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