Konami Producer Tak Fujii: "Western Gamers Don't Play Japanese Games Anymore"
Posted on Friday, November 4 @ 13:06:20 PST by Nicholas Tan
It’s hard. As you know, the industry has changed. It’s a totally different business here compared to five years ago. This is my personal guess, but many Western gamers don’t play Japanese games anymore or maybe they never played Japanese games. They have no interest in Japanese games.I think Fujii-san has a point in stating that there are some gamers who play only one or two specific franchises each year, so it's difficult to say their true gamers or at least well-rounded gamers, but that doesn't mean Americans hate Japanese games. The point is to make good games, not just games that feel Westernized just to appeal to us. We love Metal Gear Solid, we love Dark Souls., and we love Street Fighter.
RPGs, however, are a different matter. The Japanese, should I say MMORPG, mentality for RPGs, where everything is crammed together, isn't that appealing to Western gamers. We've got World of Warcraft and DotA, and that seems to be enough for us. Turning Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest into MMORPGs is not what we want, though the Eastern market has a love affair with Monster Hunter. Sorry, I just don't get it.
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