It’s no secret that Japan is not the undisputed champion of gaming anymore. I’m not saying that they don’t make great games still, but their dominance over the market has been dying for some time now. Tatsuya Minami, Platinum Games president and CEO, recently wrote a blog post about his feelings on the current state of affairs in Japanese games.
He cites the lack of fresh games concepts, not many new IP’s, and old game play mechanics as the culprit. The blog post is a great insight into the thought process behind one of my current favorite Japanese development studios.
However, the current games business is struggling. The “fresh surprises” I mention are becoming few and far between, especially in our home of Japan. Not so long ago, Japan lead the world’s games business, and it was not a stretch to call games a uniquely Japanese specialty; however, now it appears that Japanese games companies have lost their vigor.
What do you guys think? Has Japan lost their touch? Or are they still going strong?
[Source: Platinum Games Blog]