Japanese developers talk current and future projects
posted on 11.21.12 at 06:52 PM EST by (@salromano)
And hobbies, appreciated developers, and cats. Meow.

Famitsu this week has a new interview with various Japanese game creators on carrying the next generation. Though, there’s not much talk about next-gen at all! At least, not in Sokuho@Hokanko‘s summary. Instead, we’ve got confirmation of a new Mugen Souls game, favorite developers, and cats. Find the full summary below.

Kenta Kanno, Idea Factory

  • Although there hasn’t been an official announcement, a new game in the Mugen Souls series is in production.
  • My hang up as a director is that I want to raise the quality up until the last minute so that it may become more interesting.
  • Since I like SLG, I’d like to keep making RPGs. I’d also like to try making an action game, but that’s difficult. Gal games are out of the question.

Takeshi Yamazaki, Capcom

  • My favorite creator is Goichi Suda. He is really one of a kind.
  • I have a strong desire to create a scenario-centered game, so if I could make an RPG in a different genre, it might be interesting.
  • I’d like to try making a puzzle-type games because I enjoyed Portal so much.

Ken Suzuki, GungHo Online Entertainment

  • Hobbies include raising and playing with his cat. It’s a munchkin type.
  • I am currently doing my best to make Picotto Knights a good game. As far as future games go, I’d like the challenge of making an action game with a competitive specialization.

Mitomu Shimizu, Konami

  • My favorite creator is director Hideo Kojima. During my time at the KCE School, he came as a lecturer and I took my shirt off on the spot for him to sign.
  • I’m a former rugby player who entered the games industry after injuries, and I like baseball as much as cars, so in the future I’d like to try making a rally game.

Tai Yasue, Square Enix

  • My personal motto are some words of encouragement written for me by Yasumi Matsuno when I transferred. They are, “Don’t think you can come back.” (Yasue became acquainted with Matsuno in college and joined Square Enix with his help.)
  • I’m currently working on Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix. Development is at about 80 to 90 percent complete. It’s a trifling thing, but we are looking into adding a scoring component when you clear the game.

Yuichiro Saito, Spike Chunsoft

  • His hobby and specialty is cats. He has five.
  • My favorite genre resembles [Bufufukonbi’s Terasawa P], but the parts I’m particular about are just a little different.
  • I’ll be able to announce a new title soon where I’ll be the main producer.

Masayoshi Yokoyama, Sega

  • Enjoys the work of creators Toshihiro Nagoshi (Yakuza) and Guy Ritchie.

Shogo Kozakai, Nippon Ichi Software

  • Enjoys Hatsune Miku games and songs. His wife is skilled at Hatsune Miku Project Diva.
  • Their image as a strategy RPG maker is strong, but they also work on general RPGs and other genres that they’d like their customers to receive.

Kenji Saito, Platinum Games

  • His favorite character is the Dragon Quest series’ blue Slime.
  • From now on I want to take direction of the completely new projects from Platinum Games.
  • DarthBrian

    If Mr. Kozakai is a fan of Hatsune Miku games, maybe he can pull some strings and get SEGA to let NIS America publish the game in North America if SEGA won’t do it themselves. >_<

  • DrForbidden

    Hmm. I notice that many Japanese developers are actually cat persons. I haven’t noticed any dog persons. I wonder why this is so.

    • Kazziyan

      Cats are better.

      /owns a cat.

      • Budgiecat

        Yeah but those Japanese dogs are cool

        Anyways miniature Sicilian Donkey is best

        • Kazziyan

          One almost bit my thumb off. So much for petting it…

      • DrForbidden

        You’re obviously biased…   :D

        • Kazziyan

          xD They are cute tho!

  • Kazziyan

    Although there hasn’t been an official announcement, a new game in the Mugen Souls series is in production.
    ^ YES

  • whiteferrero

    I lol’d at “Mitomu Shimizu, Konami” taking his shirt off for Kojima’s autograph. ^^ If I was Kojima I might have punched the guy.
    HAHAHA.

    • PrinceHeir

      lol that was funny indeed

  • fireemblembeast

    New Mugen Souls? I’d like to say “oh boy”, but I’ve barely made a dent in the game. I’m in a race to finish like 20 other games so I’m trying not to start anything new, even FE12 patch that was released today after 2+ years…Well, let’s hope this new one has bigger font!

  • Budgiecat

    Is it possible for Platinum to make a Godhand 2?

  • zakou

    I just noticed that  Sal posted uncensored pic XD  look at this Mugen Souls Art Cover: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61ORn8UHVDL._SL500_.jpg

    It covers the lower boob part of her body, i didn’t even now there was uncensored version lol!

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    “From now on I want to take direction of the completely new projects from Platinum Games.”

    I wonder what those new projects are.