Delayed reaction – Japanese developers impressions of E3

3 min read

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.

Read  This year’s Xbox E3 briefing will be "a nice change"

Last Updated: July 18, 2013

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!

  • Hammersteyn

    So what do the Japanese have in store for us, or are they gonna stop playing?

    • Trevor Davies

      They’ll have innovative new franchises that don’t have any version numbers below 5. The irony of a Japanese dev complaining about franchises. Pot/Kettle. heh.

  • Argentil

    Hey Zoey,

    I get what you’re saying at the end there, but if you were to look at those 3 titles, they’re pretty similar at a glance. They do kind of have a point. The exception being the witcher, which still has the gritty male lead anyway. Watch Dogs is a shooter, and infamous is a sandbox/action title, which is kind of similar. There are so many genres, and shooterz are saturating the Western market.

    • CrasH

      Agreed, want a game more like MDK or BGE personally…

      • Argentil

        I was just talking about MDK the other day. What an interesting game. It’s still a third-person shooter type game though. Western Devs need to start embracing other popular genres. XCOM: Enemy Unknown was a huge success for this reason. If it had been yet another T/FPS, it wouldn’t have been nearly as successful.

        • ugh. I hated XCOM, but that is just my opinion.

  • RinceWind

    Does it take this long for the information to make its way on the leg of a pigeon to Japan? Or are their translators very very slow?

    • Hammersteyn

      They used to use whales….. but you know….

      • Trevor Davies


      • RinceWind

        Hhaha! Ouch! Difficult to send a message when it’s likely to end up choking you to death ‘Fuck you Whale, fuck you dolphin!’

  • Troll Slayer

    Kinect will not be used to spy on you and your antiquated Mac.

    Microsoft will “aggressively challenge” any government attempt to spy through Kinect.

    Read here:

    The same can’t be said for iOS and Mac OS.

    Oh the IRONY!!!

    THE IRONY!!!!!!!!

    the irony!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jakster


    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      Let’s see, NSA tapped Skype and personal information was leaked…who owns skype…..oh yes that right … MS…Oh wait but there is more …. MS helped NSA bypass encryption for user’s personal details … oh the irony indeed

      • Troll Slayer

        A wonderful age of mythology you live in. MS did no such thing and the NSA will be releasing statements supporting that.

        • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

          So the NSA has been collecting personal information from people without them knowing……and we are to trust a statement made by them? ……. right, I prefer to live in my age of ‘mythology’ than your age of delusion

        • Hammersteyn
          • Argentil

            I think it’s just a matter of a missed memo.

          • Troll Slayer

            News24? Be serious now m’kay.

          • Ultimo_Cleric N7

            Well they are quoting the Guardian, which is a reputable news source. And the NSA whistleblowing saga has unearthed some pretty disturbing information.

          • Hammersteyn

            He didn’t even to bother to read the article.

          • Argentil

            Snowden’s leak directly implicated Microsoft. Even then, that Xbox article you linked very pointedly references Video and Voice communications. Nothing about having your text monitored. I do agree that that press release was sorely needed and way overdue.

            They should have clarified the nature of their involvement the day of the leak. What they are saying is, as long as someone is under investigation for anything, their Microsoft products are accessible to the NSA. On the one hand, I appreciate the clarification, on the other hand, I don’t trust the US government, nor Microsoft to act in my interests.

          • Spathi

            Don’t feed the troll. Rather point and laugh!

          • Hammersteyn

            Yeah, you’re right

        • Sageville

          You just thumb sucked that right now didn’t you.

    • Ultimo_Cleric N7

      Thanks for the link. I can finally take off my tinfoil hat ^^
      MS are finally getting their act together. good to see.

      • FoxOneZA – X-Therminator

        MS maybe taking a stance against eavesdropping but Google, Apple and Blackberry are not so transparent.

        • Argentil

          Judging from the article, the US government are being jerks. They’re holding a gun to these corporations to ensure they don’t leak details they disapprove of. MS had to carefully word that statement to fit what the NSA settled on allowing them to publicize.

    • Sageville

      Didn’t MS also say they Aggressively Challenged the US Government w.r.t their PRISM program…. it still happened.

  • Mabenito

    Too early to demand “TLOU” like reaction from developers. But UBISOFT The Division looks much better that most. Stunning. Might be the game that will make me upgrade (PS3 —–> PS4) my console.

    • Tbone187

      Sad part is , it’s a MMO…

  • OVG

    Even Kojima is intimidated by the POWER of the west.

    GTAV BABY!!!

  • Tbone187

    Capcom’s producer is well on the mark…All these fancy graphical advances with almost no attention to added gameplay features…

  • Yeah it seems like westerners (me lol) only care about graphics, and don’t care to innovate that much on controls, or overall gameplay. Which I’m actually okay with. Give me graphics, and a good story, and I’ll be full.

Check Also

This year’s Xbox E3 briefing will be “a nice change”

Microsoft is already promising some cha-cha-changes that’ll be revealed at their media bri…