Japanese Games Industry Making A Comeback, Square-Enix Reckons, Points To Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes


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.”

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5 Comments on "Japanese Games Industry Making A Comeback, Square-Enix Reckons, Points To Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes"

  1. ozzAR0th November 27, 2012 at 7:11 pm -


  2. nick November 28, 2012 at 3:54 am -

    $E are dumber than they look!
    konami, especially the MGS team have always been hotter than the sun itself!
    so the popularity of MGS does not mean the JP industry is making a comeback, it means nothings changed every time a MGS game is announced its like the brown note has been broadcasted across the planet!
    as for graphics thats whats caused the problem!
    JP games USE to be all about gameplay and a advanced emotional story with strong believable and emotional plots.
    now its quite the opposite, there more concerned about bloody cut scenes and stupid awkward gameplay.

    the JP industry went down the shitter because they became under the impression, no obsession, that only mindless COD games sell well!
    and amazing tech.
    releasing the worlds best looking game times a gazillion is not going to fix that!
    take FFXIII and put it in the angilis tech demo, its still going to be one of THE worst games weve ever seen!

    their obsession with perty graphics, and catering to the lowest denominator, is what put them in the position in the first place!
    and its sad to see western developers are starting to fall into the same trap!
    every game this year has sucked, mainly because its so simplified and basic!
    everything has to be so simple and easy a freaking 2 year old could master it!
    the amazing spiderman the perfect example.
    spiderman 2 was THE best superhero game ever made!
    and it was because of its open world, side missions, mission structure, blah, blah, blah.
    that all helped.
    but what made it THE best superhero game of all time was its combat system!
    no mash 1 button 100 times and you get a amazing combo.
    cough the amazing spiderman.
    no you had to memorize the combos, and push specific buttons in a specific order, in a specific timing to be able to pull off these amazing combos.
    you actually felt like you were playing the game, not just hitting play and sit back and enjoy.
    AC3 exactly the same, so simplified its made the combat as fun as watching a episode of freaking oprah!
    the catering to the lowest denominator has destroyed this industry!

  3. nick November 28, 2012 at 3:56 am -

    and whats really ironic is western developers have sat back and watched asian studios go down the shitter.
    $E use to be rolling in money, not anymore!
    the ultimate irony is western developers have had the luxury of watching what not to do, than they go and do the EXACT same thing!
    i guess everyone wants to go bankrupt these days!

  4. Ghost250 November 28, 2012 at 4:11 am -

    back in the day all japanese games were all about an emotional story and amazing gameplay. most of the time the stories were so emotional that you would actually connect with the characters, but those days are gone. i mean look at the recent Final Fantasy games, those games have the worst stories out any of the previous games in the series. talk about being a shell of your former self because thats exactly how i feel about sqaure. the only person at square with actual ambition and direction is Tetsuya Nomura. if it wasn’t for him no one wouldn’t even be mentioning sqaure. Final Fantasy Versus XIII & KH3 is the only topics that are keeping square in the know.

  5. nick November 28, 2012 at 9:17 am -

    what really pisses me off about KH though, is $E is pretty dam well hell bent on milking the series!
    but they hell bound fist in mouth refuse to bring it home!
    i swear to god if $E announce another KH game and its not on consoles they better run is all ill say.

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