Assassin’s Creed III creative director Alex Hutchinson believes journalists critically favor Japanese games compared to their western counterparts.
Hutchinson says the subtle racism is unfair and condescending, and wasn’t afraid to bluntly share his thoughts while speaking in an interview with CVG.
When asked how Nintendo was able to incessantly revive its old franchise, Hutchinson let loose:
You want my real answer? I think there’s a subtle racism in the business, especially on the journalists’ side, where Japanese developers are forgiven for doing what they do. I think it’s condescending to do this.
Just think about how many Japanese games are released where their stories are literally gibberish. Literally gibberish. There’s no way you could write it with a straight face, and the journalists say ‘oh it is brilliant’.
Then Gears of War comes out and apparently it’s the worst written narrative in a game ever. I’ll take Gears of War over Bayonetta any time.
It’s patronising to say, ‘oh those Japanese stories, they don’t really mean what they’re doing.
On Assassin’s Creed III, Hutchinson said he’s glad that people are talking about the game’s narrative.
The best thing about it was that people had a view. That was perfect. People were debating it. We had no interest in writing about the patriots or the defenders of king and country. I mean, these are very boring stories. It’s funny to see these debates online, and we just gave up trying to communicate on it because the game will speak for itself.