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Team Ico “We need to westernise”

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Team Ico, the developers behind the massively anticipated The Last Guardian on PS3 have been speaking at the DICE summit in Asia about growing their market and expanding out of Japan.

The previous 2 Ico games did incredibly well in Japan but that was in the day when the Japanese market was 1/3 of the entire gaming market and games were cheap to make. Now games cost a fortune and the Japanese market is only 1/5 of the entire market so Team Ico know that they need to expand.

And to expand they need to westernise or die.

So far we haven’t seen much in the way of gameplay or plot to The Last Guardian but the graphics have been pretty impressive if not a little outlandish.

I am interested in seeing what they do to westernise the game and wish them the best of luck, most of the western world hasn’t got a clue what makes Asians tick and I can only presume the feeling is mutual with our friends back east.

Source: Kotaku

Last Updated: September 18, 2009


  1. krYtHan

    September 18, 2009 at 14:54

    Westernizing a game will lead to a game shunned by all.


  2. rico

    September 18, 2009 at 15:28

    how will they die? Team Ico does not really exist. Its Sony Japan studio. I don`t think they`re about to die. It also scares me that they feel they need to westernise. What made the charm of their 2 first opus was this mystic quality about the titles. hopefully they will retain this and not start adding dumb tutorials, UI, multiplayer crap to their games.


  3. Darthpenguin

    September 20, 2009 at 07:58

    Although I am one of the few gamers out there who has played Shadow of the Colosus more than 10 times, an I absolutely love these random games that come out of Japan… I think they do need to westernise.

    If they don’t, their sales will not increase, and they will not be able to keep making games.

    Would rather play a westernised game than none at all.


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