Square-Enix is of the thought that the Japanese games industry, though on decline in recent years, is in the process of making a triumphant comeback. To back up its claim, the firm points to Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes as evidence.
Square Enix technical director Yoshihisa Hashimoto told Japanese website 4gamer (as translated by Edge) that, after a period of western dominance, Japan was starting to show its force.
“I believe Japan is capable of producing interesting games, but looking at the influence, we are being pushed around by western games without a doubt,” he admitted.
Hashimoto pointed to Square Enix’s new game engine, Luminous, and Kojima Productions’ new Fox Engine as evidence of Japan’s commitment to pushing graphics.
“Honestly, I thought it was amazing,” Hashimoto said of Kojima’s work. “I also thought, ‘We [Square Enix] won’t lose to this though!’ It was quite motivational.
Recently, it feels like the Japanese game industry hasn’t lost, and is gradually pushing back.
For us not to lose, we really have to exert ourselves… But, I feel encouraged.”