Japanese developers share aspirations for 2014
posted on 01.05.14 at 01:00 AM EST by (@salromano)
Featuring Fumito Ueda, Ryoei Mikage, Akihiro Hino, and more.

Japanese Game Creators

4Gamer.net recently sat down with 151 game developers to discuss their favorite games of 2013 and aspirations for 2014. We skimmed through its entirety and picked out the most interesting of their comments.

Issen Yamai (Atlus Director)
Favorite games: Grand Theft Auto V and Pokopan

I think 2014 will be a year of preparation for the Maniax team and I. We’re working here and there on the next title. You won’t be hearing from us for a while, you might think we left office or died. (Laughs)

Shinichi Kamoeka (Brownies President and CEO)
Favorite game: Yokai Watch

Brownies has one title currently in development that has an epic air about it and we’re aiming to release it this year, so expect that! In that corner we plan on putting out little bits of interesting content, so please keep your eyes out on the official Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Tsuyoshi Yamazaki (Capcom Director)
Favorite game: Beyond: Two Souls

I’m relieved we were able to release Ace Attorney 5 in 2013. Right now we are putting all our power into starting the next title. It’s only just starting, but we’re thinking of various interesting things, so look forward to it. Everyone, have a good New Year!

Kazuma Hayashi (Examu Director)
Favorite game: Kantai Collection

Next year, we hope to release a consumer version of Arcana Hart 3: Love Max!!!!! We hope all of our fans will look forward to it.

Manabu Yamana (Genius Sorority President / Game Designer / Director)
Favorite game: Minna no Oshaberi Chat

In 2014, we hope to release several new software. I can’t divulge the title yet, but content wise it looks like it’ll be fairly challenging. Thank you in advance.

Ryoei Mikage (Imageepoch CEO)
Favorite game: Brave Frontier

The Nintendo 3DS version of Toushin Toshi goes on sale on January 30th, 2014. After that comes the release of SoniPro for Nintendo 3DS, and then an original SRPG we plan on releasing as Imageepoch’s 10 anniversary title. The original RPG Luminous Arc was Imageepoch’s development debut. We’ve reached our 10 year mark as a company and we feel we should return to our origins by developing great quality SRPGs. Please look forward to Toushin Toshi, SoniPro, and our original SRPG!

Akihiro Hino (Level-5 Boss)
Favorite game: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

In general, I would like to consider new things. Like smartphone games, a reinvention of Professor Layton, Inazuma Eleven, etc. The consumer game industry is sluggish, and I feel that “new games” are still needed in the industry. I feel the new titles we create can take users by surprise, so please look forward to them.

Katsuhiro Harada (Namco Bandai Production Chief / Chief Producer / Director)
Favorite game: Payday 2

Tekken is my lifework so I won’t go on about it here, but including the title announced in 2013, we are going to be working on Tekken as well as several other titles. Among those I want to put out at least two this year for sure. Otherwise there titles being worked on behind the scenes as well as related titles, so 2014 looks like it’ll be busy. When I’m having a rough time with ideas or get a creative block maybe I’ll turn to the Twitter followers for help.

Yusuke Tomizawa (Namco Bandai Producer)
Favorite game: Dragon’s Crown

This year I hope to make progress on the previously mentioned new plans, including with the God Eater series. I also have an idea for a completely new title, so I’d like to see that come to fruition as well.

Takehisa Matsuda (NIS Director)
Favorite game: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

We’re still working on a new Disgaea in 2014 so I hope Disgaea fans are excited! And for people who aren’t fans yet, we’re developing the series for each hardware system, so please wait until you become a fan!

Hideki Kamiya (Platinum Games)
Favorite game: 3D After Burner II

We saw one project completed right about the middle of 2013, and then new projects started one after another. It was that kind of year.

Keiichiro Toyama (SCE Creative Director)
Favorite game: Chain Chronicle

The team working on the next title [Gravity Rush sequel?] has finally been organized and progress is coming along exceedingly well. It looks like 2014 will be a year where we immerse ourselves into our work, but we must live up to everyone’s expectations, so we’ll do our best at any rate!

Masami Yamamoto (SCE External Development Group Head)
Favorite game: Pakopan

In order to appeal the broadened Vita market to younger consumers, we’re planning development on Freedom Wars, a new large scale IP. We also still plan on investing in regular F2P titles like Destiny of Spirits. Of course we’re preparing a big title for PS4 as well, so please look forward to it!

Sato Kazunobu (SCE Senior Game Designer)
Favorite game: The Last of Us

PlayStation 4 will finally release in Japan in 2014. I got the feeling that many Japanese fans haven’t had a chance to touch one yet, so let me just say this: the DualShock 4 controller is amazing and easy to hold! I am taking part in the development of PS4 titles myself so you can trust me. I’m very pleased with it, I think it’s a device that gamers will enjoy for many years to come. By all means, try it for yourself.

Akitoshi Kawazu (Square Enix Producer and Designer)
Favorite game: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

December 2014 will be the anniversary for the SaGa series. We have various efforts being prepared for that. We’re still figuring out things out, but look out for an concrete announcement hereafter. Thanks until then!

Tomonobu Itagaki (Valhalla Game Studios Producer and CTO)
Favorite game: Earth Defense Force 2025

Next year is the year we launch Devil’s Third to households. It is currently 80 percent complete. It appears finished. But from here, there’s still some way to go as we polish it up. And it’s for that reason that I became independent. To our fans, I apologize for making you worry. A lot is going to happen next year, so please look forward to it.

Fumito Ueda (Freelance Game Designer, The Last Guardian)
Favorite game: Clumsy Ninja

If I can, I hope to provide an update as soon as possible, somehow or another.

Read More
Industry
  • TheExile285

    The choices for favorite games are rather interesting.

    • Xaltmas

      The CEO of Gearbox (Borderlands, Duke Nukem) said his most anticipated 2013 release was Ni no Kuni.

      People involved in the industry aren’t as close-minded and vitriolic as the people they make games for.

  • Xaltmas

    Aww yiss. Motha. Fuckin. Itagaki.

    Can’t wait to see Devil’s Third. Day one on any platform.

    Really want to know what Kamiya and Harada have got going on as well.

    • Pukar Rana

      I’m really interested to see how that game turns out.

    • captainhowdy

      Please be Tekken 7 or Tekken X Street Fighter. I really want these on next-generation consoles. I really wonder is Platinum Games working with Microsoft.

  • alangato

    HOLY CRAAPP, Akitoshi Kawazu is alive!!!
    Saga 4 is coming!!! Hahaha who am I kidding?…

  • 罪罰

    Maniax Team working on something.
    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI 4: MANIAX EDITION
    FEATURING DANTE FROM DEVIL MAY CRY

    • JonathanisPrimus

      Clearly this is the mysterious SMT announced for Vita in 2011.

  • Pukar Rana

    Issen Yamai (Atlus Director) – Favorite games: Grand Theft Auto V and Pokopan. Some of my Japanese Otaku friends, are die hard GTA fans. Just like how, in the western world. How we follow big JPN titles like FF and Monster Hunter, similarly Japanese also follow big western titles like GTA etc.

    I’m just happy that Japanese game devs and pubs, haven’t abandoned the PS3. Persona 5 alone, is proof of that. I just hope to see SE, Capcom, and other major JPN game companies support the PS Vita. Maybe FF Type-1, RE Portable [remember], Monster Hunter 5, Tekken or Soul Calibur etc.

  • Audie Bakerson

    “December 2014 will be the anniversary for the SaGa series. We have various efforts being prepared for that”

    And here I thought SE forgot about that. Can we finally get the Fuse storyline?

    Also: Kamiya has a favorite game this year and not just “nothing”? I got to check this out.

    • Warboss Aohd

      a remake of Saga Frontier, with all the missing content would be GREAT.

      ……especially if it was packaged with a Saga Frontier 2 remake.

      • Budgiecat

        though of course it’ll be a smartphone game with microtransactions…

        but please be excited…

    • Anime10121

      Correction, SE forgot about it in the west…

      Theyve been doing a good job of releasing updated Saga remakes for the 3DS in Japan the last few years, they just havent localized them :(

  • z_merquise

    Thanks for this, Sal.

    Aw, nothing from Vanillaware’s George Kamitani or Platinum Games’ Keiji Saito (Metal Gear Rising director)?

    Kamitani said that he admire the art of Alex Ahad (artist and creator of Skullgirls) while Saito’s favorite anime is Kill la Kill.

    So yeah, I really wish for Kill la Kill game by Platinum to happen.

  • Seven of The Scions

    LOL, few of them also has FFXIV: ARR as favourites, maybe i met them somewhere at fields or dungeons, hahaha

    Keep up the good work guys, and please localize all your games!

  • Budgiecat

    “If I can, I hope to provide an update as soon as possible, somehow or another.”

    ahahahahahah…ha……ha…….ha…..nnnnghhhh

  • Unretributed

    So the next Disgaea will be multiplat?

    “We’re still working on a new Disgaea in 2014 so I hope Disgaea fans are excited! And for people who aren’t fans yet, we’re developing the series for each hardware system, so please wait until you become a fan!”

    • Anime10121

      Or crossgen…

  • PrinceHeir

    wow Itagaki is a fan of EDF!!!!

  • Rayhan PromisedGallery

    Me
    Favorite games : Drakengard 3 and NieR
    i hope there will be more messed-up game in 2014

  • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

    Why can’t Examu just release an Arcana Heart 4 already?

    • Eder García

      because they are doing research on new gameplay mechanics?

  • LastBoss

    Where has Koji Igarashi been?

    What’s up with SNKP?

    Ryoei Mikage is the man.

    Capcom should just be purchased by SEGA!!

  • http://twitter.com/M_Demolish Demolish

    ha ! new disgaea !! ,Awesome can’t wait

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    I guess it wasn’t worth posting what Toshihiro Nagoshi had to say because we know it’s just going to be:

    “We hope to bring you new Ryu ga Gotoku experience this year. Please look forward to it.”

    I really love the Ryu ga Gotoku series, but sometimes I wish he would apply what he knows from working on this series and come up with a new IP. Well, Binary Domain was alright, but I just kind of felt like they were using Of The End/Dead Souls as a prelude to that.

    Wouldn’t it be interesting to see him make a full fledged RPG? I suppose the RPG elements in Ishin will have to do for now, haha. Maybe this will build up to a new IP for a RPG!

    Regardless, this one really stands out for me:

    Next year, we hope to release a consumer version of Arcana Hart 3: Love Max!!!!! We hope all of our fans will look forward to it.

    Can’t wait!

    http://i.minus.com/iSz4ksECnlssN.gif

  • captainhowdy

    I hope Harada is working on Tekken 7 or Tekken X Street Fighter. The next-generation will be lonely without it.

  • Pyrofrost

    Man, I can’t wait to see what the Maniax team is working on!

    I also wouldn’t mind seeing a remake of the original Devil Summoner as well. Hopefully Soul Hackers did well enough to justify it.

  • DesmaX

    “And for people who aren’t fans yet, we’re developing the series for each hardware system, so please wait until you become a fan!”

    Hm, sounds like there’s an Xbox One version in the works. Maybe one for WiiU too?

    And, Fumito Ueda seems as cheerful as ever

    • DarthBrian

      I think to him “every hardware system” means PS4, PS3 and Vita. :p

      • Xaltmas

        This right here.

        NIS putting their games on anything but Playstation platforms is a huge waste of money.

        • DarthBrian

          And was. I bought both Disgaea on DS and Phantom Brave on Wii (I buy all localized NIS games) and apparently few others did. So yeah, total waste of time and money.

          • Elvick

            But but… multiplatform = more money always!

            *eye roll*

            Can’t believe people still believe that shit. Sometimes, it’s not worth the effort at all. Maybe NIS will give it a go again, but it won’t work out.

            Anyone that loves Disgaea buys into PlayStation for it among other things PS gets over the others.

      • DesmaX

        Ha, “portable and home-console versions at the same time”
        and “NIS” cannot coexist on the same phrase

        • DarthBrian

          He didn’t say “at the same time”. :p

  • DarthBrian

    “Akihiro Hino (Level-5 Boss)

    In general, I would like to consider new things. Like smartphone games…”

    Go fuck yourself, Hino.

    • 罪罰

      They’ve already done various smartphone games.

      • Budgiecat

        But clearly we NEED MOAR DUMBPHONE GAMES

        • 罪罰

          le dumbphone rofl xd!
          they don’t waste billions of dollars making these dumb games, everybody gets their vajaysjays on fire thinking they could make Rogue Galaxy 2 EX with that money.

          • Budgiecat

            First it was chasing the almighty Call of Duty dollar

            Now its chasing the almighty Candy Crush/Puzzle & Dragons/Angry Birds dollar

            The problem is, people who want to play Call of Duty will play just that and only that.

            And people who want to play CandyCrush/P&D/Angry Birds will play that and only that.

            No room for substitutes. Aintnobodygottimeforthat.

            • DarthBrian

              I’ve spent zero money on Candy Crush by the way.

              Fuck that microtransaction bullshit.

              • Budgiecat

                I’ve never even played it. All three of those games are garbage to me

                • DarthBrian

                  If you’re sitting by yourself waiting for your lazy-ass friends to show up at the theater or Denny’s, Candy Crush is a decent enough diversion.

                  • 罪罰

                    Those quiz rpgs are fun, you kill monsters answering trivias. It kills the time.

                    • DarthBrian

                      Which ones and do I have to pay for them? :p

                    • 罪罰

                      Nah, I ain’t paying for shit on dumbphones.
                      It’s called The World of Mystic Wiz
                      The art is pretty and well made.

                    • DarthBrian

                      Is that only on iPhone cuz I have Android.

                  • Budgiecat

                    Who the hell eats at Denny’s??

                    Here’s what I got on my phone anyway:

                    Sonic & Sega All Stars
                    Roadblaster
                    Ultraball
                    King of Fighters-i 2012
                    Resident Evil 4
                    Chikuwa Ninja

                    • 罪罰

                      What’s wrong with Dennys.

                    • Budgiecat

                      lol

                    • DarthBrian

                      Denny’s rules. >_<

                      Their Hobbit menu was amazing. <3

    • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

      I’d like to see another WKC IP

    • Budgiecat

      haha

  • EspadaKiller

    Surprised that some Japanese developers that love some Western games like Payday 2.

    In any case, I hope that the Japanese developers can make a comeback for next-gen consoles. After getting dominated by the Western developers for the whole of the PS3 and 360 era, I feel that they would need to step up their game to reclaim back their pride. Like what they did during the PS1 and PS2 days, ton of killer JRPGs and fascinating games.

    As for current gen, only the 3DS has the best JRPGs around (Bravely Default anyone? As for the PS3, I feel the best would be Ni No Kuni, but that’s it =/). I would really want to see some awesome JRPGs rendered in PS4 graphics, it would be really spectacular.

    • Budgiecat

      For the most part they still design games in a PS1/PS2 mindset

      • 罪罰

        They focus more on the fun and charm rather that 200,000,000 production budget motion blur.

        • Xaltmas

          Unless they are Capcom.

          Or Square Enix.

          Or Konami.

    • Xaltmas

      Japan will never make a comeback on consoles.

      • GDI

        Hear, hear.

        It will take a miracle such as reversal of Japan’s population decline to do that.

        The big Japanese companies can only survive because of mobile F2P, and middle tier devs like Neverland are closing.

        I suppose there is some hope that the doujin circles would be able to self-publish otaku-centric stuff on PC and direct download on Vita and 3DS, hopefully.

    • GDI

      PS3 had plenty of JRPGs, although besides the NISA ones they were mostly multiplat with Xbox360.

      Many Japanese devs shut down after PS3/Xbox360 generation — same as western devs — so don’t expect them to step up their game if it means investing millions, when most of them are more concerned with being able to pay the rent.

      • EspadaKiller

        Plenty of JRPGs yes, but not many are really good JRPGs too. At least not the ones I that I have seen during the PS1 and PS2 days.

        And I’m not asking the developers to invest million of dollars, but their companies. It’s going to be easier to develop on the PS4 and Xbone, not to mention Wii U too. Thus, the development costs will certainly be cheaper than the PS3-360 era. In a sense where, churning out more game projects than before in the same time frame on the PS4 and Xbone as to compared to developing a single game project on the PS3 and 360 at the same time frame.

      • Elvick

        Not really.

        Things like Agarest War ditched 360 eventually. A lot of Japanese games did, like Blazblue.

        And Dragon’s Crown was only a million in development and it was in development for years. The rest of Japan needs better management like Vanillaware has.

        If your on a “this game will make our break us” basis with every title, then you’re asking to close your doors.

  • https://twitter.com/Stealth___ Stealth

    disgaea going multiplat

  • HighBrowDrifter

    Japanese looove to use the phrase “please look forward to it!” or “please be excited!” (Square Kleenex anyone?)….Almost sounds as though they are on low confidence, pessimistic/uncertain about their own project…..ehh, whatever.

    • gekitsu

      i cant help myself, but i find that much nicer than that hefty western swagger of “ME SO AWESOME! EVERYTHING ELSE SUCK! ME BEST EVAH!”

      seems just a tad more human to be like “hey, we made this thing and wed be happy if you looked into it and maybe get a little excited.”

      • Xaltmas

        Holy shit.

        No western developer does that.

        • 罪罰

          inb4Fez

          • Xaltmas

            inb4whatever Itagaki.

            Find me someone more arrogant than that.

            • 罪罰

              Kamiya-san :3
              Just kidding, he is never serious on his twitter.

            • Budgiecat

              They’re both pretty arrogant and unstable. I picture Phil Fish about to go postal and I picture Itagaki snorting cocaine off some prostitute’s stomach.

              Also Kojima bashing his dev team publically and Capcom CEO’s harassing the female employee close to suicide and exhausting Ono were also arrogant dick moves…

              • Xaltmas

                Can’t really blame Kojima. It’s like he has to hold their hand through everything.

                Platinum coming in and cleaning up their mess so quickly had to be embarrassing for them.

                • Budgiecat

                  Yeah but he didn’t have to go out of his way and embarrass them like that….I mean, he made a whole documentary embarrassing them…

                  • 罪罰

                    Yeah, they just got into Kojima Productions and their first project is a AAA Hack n Slash/Stealth game. I mean, the poor guys busted their balls trying to please Kojima while his elite team worked on a PSP game. It should’ve been the other way around.

                    • Xaltmas

                      I’m glad his team couldn’t handle it. Because then we would have been robbed of the greatness that is

                      http://youtu.be/jTQIogLBFBs?t=1m4s

                    • 罪罰

                      Amazing PG made that game in less than 2 years, they worked turbo time on it, MGR2 will be the greatest shit in the world, though I rather not think about it because it’ll be years before we get more rules of nature :c

                    • Xaltmas

                      The debut trailer for Rising 2 will surely bring people to their knees.

        • Budgiecat

          Yeah I was trying to figure out who’d be the closest to that and not even Jaffe or the unstable Phil Fish fit that bill….

          • Xaltmas

            Jaffe is just loud. He has never come off as very arrogant.

            Phil Fish is an arrogant little shit who fucked over his whole team by having his little meltdown on Twitter because he has no self restraint.

            Fez is a legit good game. Shame he had to muck it all up by running his mouth.

            • Budgiecat

              yeah wasn’t he in some documentary movie? From the short clips I seen of, he seems really mental…

              • Xaltmas

                Yeah, it was a movie about indie games. He clearly has some issues that he needs to work out.

              • 罪罰

                Did you see when Phil and all those neckbeard autistic Meincrafts laughed and told that Japanese dood that Japan’s games are shit and laughed at him.

                omg I still rage about that >_>

                • Budgiecat

                  yess…

                  The unchanging social embedded ‘Japanese politeness’ in the DNA of the Japanese developer who asked him the question prevented him from responding how he really should have by telling him to fuck off.
                  Instead he said thank you and sat down quietly….

                • Xaltmas

                  That shit was embarrassing. Phil deserved EVERY bit of flak he got for that.

                  • Budgiecat

                    The thing is…I kinda even slightly understand where he was trying to come from….he just said it in the worst most horrible way possible…

    • Budgiecat

      When Square does it, it just seems like trolling….

      • Xaltmas

        Or just complete and utter incompetence.

        Plz be excited for that game we announced back in 2006 that still isn’t out yet.

        • Budgiecat

          yeah that still stings…

        • 罪罰

          At least they released Type-0, which is their best game last generation :O

          • Budgiecat

            You just had to bring that up. I so enjoy playing it in it’s localized English form….

            oh….

            • 罪罰

              You could be learning grorious nihon speak instead of waiting ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

              • Budgiecat

                True but that shit is damn hard.

                First you need to understand three alphabets (Kana, Kanji, Hirigana)
                Then you need to understand the vocal form

                Its just too much work. It’d be easier for S-E to just localize it but they seem to hate money and common sense…

                • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                  Dude, Japanese is a hell of a lot easier to learn than English, lol.

                  • Budgiecat

                    yeah ok whatever.

                    I just told you there’s three alphabets. How the hell is three alphabets plus the vocal language easier to learn than one alphabet and one vocal language. Now English grammar and pronunciation might be difficult I’ll give you that…while Japanese is simpler with it’s phonetics…

                    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                      The characters are the least of your concerns. Ask around. I’m sure you’ll find plenty of foreigners that say their home language is a lot easier than English, lol. Well, unless it’s like Portuguese.

                      Now that is hard, even more difficult than English, I’d say.

                    • Budgiecat

                      Everyone’s gonna say that of course they’ll say that, they were born into that country…

                      And if Japanese is easy, what does that make Cantonese or Mandarin? Super easy? because they have one alphabet as opposed to three…

                    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                      Actually, those are pretty easy too, yeah. As far as Asian languages are concerned, Korean would probably be the most difficult out of those. They have some pretty odd rules and the dialect is a little difficult to get right.

                    • Budgiecat

                      You missed my point; I said Japanese is more cumbersome to learn because you have to learn three alphabets as opposed to one. Imo its dumb to have three alphabets to try to convey your point. Who thought that was a good idea? And they can’t even pronounce L despite borrowing one alphabet over from the Chinese (who can pronounce L just fine)

                    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                      Ask the Chinese. Japanese language comes from Chinese, so there ya go. Like I said before though, they don’t usually use kanji in everyday language. It’s more of a special use kind of thing, so really you’d only need to learn hiragana and katakana (hell, even hiragana would be fine if you were from America since katakana is used for foreign names, objects, etc.).

                      EDIT: I guess for good measure, you could learn about a 1/10th of kanji if you wanted, but you certainly don’t need to know 10,000+ like the old days. Times have changed and everything is more shorthand now.

                    • Budgiecat

                      What you personally do and what needs to be done to fully understand their language are two different things.
                      And what do you mean ‘ask the Chinese’?
                      Japan may be an old country but everyone knows they are pretty much immigrants from China and Korea, just as White Australians and White South Africans are immigrants from British Europe. The Ainu are the original ‘Japanese’.

                    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                      I’m just saying… You can’t really blame Japan for their language since it comes from Chinese language. If you want to blame someone, go to the root of the problem. They just added to it, whereas we pretty much butchered British English and removed all sorts of shit from it and replaced it with slang, and all sorts of other stupid shit, lol.

                      In other words… We may have added to it as well, but not in a good way. Also, this has nothing to do with what I personally do, man. I’ve got a handful of friends in Japan, two of which are natives, so if you’re calling me wrong here, I guess you’ll have to take it up with Japan.

                    • Budgiecat

                      Well let’s go to Japan

                    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                      Let me just grab my hidden stash of $20,000 and I’ll be right there.

                      Oh wait.

                    • Budgiecat

                      Why do we need $20,000?

                      For all the soap bars, massage parlors and Dating clubs? Or for the Akibahara stuff?

                    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                      Well, it would take about $12,000 – $15,000 to even get there and I’d need money for food and a hotel, plus Akihabara merchandise. Traveling isn’t cheap, yo.

                    • Budgiecat

                      Where are you coming up with these prices? Besides we could just sneak onto a cargo ship stowaway style in MGS cardboard boxes and save money that way

                    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                      I calculated a TGS trip last year and I was going to need at least $12,000 or so for a plane ticket and the room was going to be 1,300-1,500 yen a night.

                    • Budgiecat

                      $12,000 for a plane ticket?? Where are you coming up with those ridiculous prices?
                      And why can’t you just seduce and charm a Japanese woman into staying at her place with your wit and charm?

                    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                      Oh. I can’t math, lol. I meant $1,200.

                    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                      Still, it would cost me a good $10,000 or more to stay about a week or so.

                    • Budgiecat

                      So you’re saying you have no women charming skills. Not even a lonely obasan?

                    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                      Not intentional charming skills, no. Women want to talk with me all the time when I go out though. First it was because I’m charismatic (basically in a sense that I draw people to me for some reason), then it was because of my hair color (it’s naturally auburn, which is rare where I live), and now it’s because of my hair length (about 2-3 inches or so before it reaches my ass, lol).

                      I certainly don’t like talking with any of them though. Some of them smile and even attempt to flirt with me, but it just makes me uncomfortable since I’m not looking for that sort of thing. When you go to a supermarket for food, you want food.

                      You don’t want to have to converse with someone you don’t know, much less… Return someone’s flirtatious advances, especially when you don’t feel the same way towards them. It’s just awkward.

                    • Budgiecat

                      Stop making excuses we need room and board…

                    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                      I guess you better get to work then, casanova.

                    • Budgiecat

                      Thats my point….why is there even 10,000?? Thats just busy work. English may have its obvious faults but at least the alphabet is workable.
                      Some ancient Japanese scholar or warlord obviously looked at the alphabet and said ‘fuck this’ Iets just make our own alphabet (Hiragana) , then realized years later that it failed to properly convey foreign words, so they had to make yet another alphabet (kana). Just a mess imo

                    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                      They have honorifics for one, which we don’t have. As I also said before, kanji is usually reserved for special meanings (mainly used in literature a long time ago and sometimes used in games today for, once again, special meanings). It’s not like most of them are even commonly used, man.

                      We’re living in an age where the young people don’t want to even learn half of kanji, or less than that, so you just see a lot of hiragana and katakana instead, sometimes even English for some things. Much how women created hiragana to shorthand kanji, many years ago, people are shortening the language even more today.

                      Therefore, the language of today is a lot easier to learn than it was say… 3,000 years ago.

                    • Budgiecat

                      I wonder what will happen 3000 years from now…

                    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                      Who cares? We won’t be around to see it anyway, lol.

                    • Budgiecat

                      Maybe not you but I will…

                    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari
                    • fireemblembeast

                      I don’t mean to interfere, but English is actually harder if you think about it: we may have only 26 letters but those do not account for syllables. There are at least a thousand ways you can combine letters to make different syllables, which makes spelling very difficult. In Japanese the characters are prounounced exactly the same way individually in any given combination, while the poor Japanese sap learning English needs to know how to pronounce and spell “o”, “ow”, “ough”, “oh”, “oe” etc., and however many other combinations of letters there are for the same pronunciations. In Japanese it may be hard to memorize all those characters, but once you do, it becomes so much easier than the letter orders in English. Also, you needn’t memorize all three Japanese systems, especially not kanji, which is hardly expected from anyone anymore, although it is great to know. Mainly hiragana will be used in daily life, while katakana is used for foreign words, so the majority of Japanese is written in hiragana. Anyways, I’m still learning myself so I’m not one of those people who will tell you “oh then import the game and learn Japanese”. That’s just ridiculous

        • DarthBrian

          I *AM* EXCITED! ^_^

    • http://enria.org/ Jahla Din

      I’m guessing it’s just something formal to say.

      Speech works in different ways when it comes to other countries, even if they share the same language.

      • HighBrowDrifter

        Oh no, I completely understand that part. In my country, we use honorifics and certain formalities as well that may seem bizarre to comprehend in other nations….and I understand how the Japanese culture works/operates.

        What I find odd is the fact (in my opinion), it tends to sound very “obedient” if you know what I mean. In no way, shape, or form did I intend any harm….just find it funny every time I hear “please (insert words here)”.

        • Budgiecat

          They’re a big enough company that depends on global success to word their expressions to make sense for other countries

  • OverlordZetta

    Damn it Level-5 guy! Make more Danball! And not a smart phone one!

    And Bamco I hope your God Eater plans include localization.

    • almostautumn

      Mind if I ask why you like that series? I played Boost and W, and I was totally underwhelmed. Those games are the most repetitive 40+ hours I’ve ever experienced, and I bailed on W I think at chapter 8 or 9. I really don’t see the hype: the battles play out the same each and every time, and there’s nary any challenge to the entire thing.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    Well, that’s not cool. I just noticed the post I made earlier on this article just simply isn’t here any more ;w;

    Fine then :|

    • Anime10121

      Don’t feel too bad a very long one I wrote on this same article disappeared mere minutes after I wrote it :(

  • bloodiOS

    Well, hopefully we’ll get to see a new trailer for Devil’s Third prior to E3. I’m also hoping that ports for 8th-gen consoles are also planned.

    • Budgiecat

      ports? How bout moar new titles?

      • bloodiOS

    • Xaltmas

      No one knows what platform(s) Devil’s Third is going to be released on anymore.

      It was listed as PS3 and 360 back when it was with THQ, who doesn’t exist anymore.

      • Budgiecat

        Ouya

        oh boya

      • bloodiOS

        I was thinking that since the game is coming out in 2014, releasing it on 7th-gen consoles still seems like a very likely possibility, so I was thinking making the game cross-gen would be even better but yeah, who knows…

        • Xaltmas

          I hope it isn’t cross gen. Since the game has online multiplayer, that is an awful lot for a small developer like Valhalla to keep up with.

          I still think it’s going to get picked up by Microsoft for the Xbone (given Itagaki’s past with them), but hopefully we’ll know sooner rather than later.

          • bloodiOS

            Don’t be so sure, it might end up a Wii U exclusive.

            • Xaltmas

              That rumor that was going around turned out to not be very credible.

              But I’d rather have it Wii U exclusive than PS4 exclusive.

              • bloodiOS

                *LOL* Honestly though, unless they’re being paid with a boatload of money, it wouldn’t make any sense for it to be an exclusive in the first place.

                • Xaltmas

                  Right. Unless Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft were to step in and publish it, there is absolutely no reason for it to be exclusive.

                  Kano and I had a discussion a while back about Devil’s Third, and we honestly couldn’t think of anyone who could be publishing it, with Microsoft being the only one who wouldn’t be a total surprise.

                  I’m still betting on them or Namco Bandai. Maaaybe Nintendo.

                  • bloodiOS

                    Yeah. I can definitely see it having a chance of being an Xbox exclusive title since Itagaki tends to be closer to Microsoft. Personally though, since this is Valhalla Game Studios’ first project, I felt that it would be better to start off by releasing it on multiple platforms, for the sake of building a fanbase.

                    • Xaltmas

                      That’s true. Any fan should want their favorite developers to have the biggest potential audience possible.

                      However, given that Itagaki’s last 6 or 7 games have been Xbox exclusive (except that DS NG game), it shouldn’t shock anyone if Devil’s Third is picked up by Microsoft.

                      Ninja Gaiden II managed to sell over a million in two months on 360, so MS has had success with him in the past as well.

                    • bloodiOS

                      Yeah. But that was then, and unlike Ninja Gaiden, this a brand new IP, so whether or not it’s gonna be a success is still questionable. I’m not saying Microsoft won’t be interested in it because of that but they certainly won’t be as interested as they did for Ninja Gaiden.

                    • Xaltmas

                      Ninja Gaiden was never a big franchise though, and Itagaki does have a reputation you can market.

                      Microsoft has stated a few times that they are working with some Japanese developers on Xbone games, and it would make sense to work with someone they’ve had a relationship with in the past.

                      I mean, Microsoft is publishing a freaking Swery game. They aren’t just going to go for massive 5+ million sellers.

                      Also, as an online third-person shooter it could fill the gap left by Gears of War.

                      And being published by Microsoft would provide an explanation as to why we haven’t seen it yet, despite it almost being done. They’d be holding it for whatever Japanese Xbone event they are bound to have.

                    • bloodiOS

                      Hmm… makes sense. I’m still thinking it’s gonna be out on 7th-gen systems though but we’ll see. If it ends up being an XBO exclusive… well, I hope its Western sales will make up for it because I’m not seeing it doing too well over there in the mobage nation.

                    • Xaltmas

                      Honestly, I’d love for Namco Bandai to pick it up for PS3 and 360. They did well with Dark Souls, and I’d like to think they could do Devil’s Third well too.

                      But I just can’t shake the feeling that if the publisher was someone other than MS, we’d have heard about it by now.

                    • Budgiecat

                      Still hindered it’s potential. It would have way more than that on the PS2 as 360 was DoA in Japan….

                    • Xaltmas

                      He hated the PS3 and said so often. Sony must have done something to piss him off.

                      But the PS3 did get Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2. Which sadly is an inferior game.

                    • Budgiecat

                      whatever thats in the past. These developers and their silly grudge hangups….

                    • Xaltmas

                      Well, hopefully Sony’s new leadership will avoid doing whatever the old people did that pissed off people like him and the Gooch.

                    • Budgiecat
                    • bloodiOS

                      It’s easy to understand why some devs would hate the PS3, the Cell was freaking pain in the ass.

                    • Xaltmas

                      I think Cell is what really screwed over Japanese console development and pushed everything to mobile and handhelds.

                      Not only was HD a big change, but having to deal with crazy architecture as well was just cruel. Add to that the price and coming a year after the competition, and yeah.

                      Sony done goofed.

                      Thankfully the PS4 is like the exact opposite.

                    • Budgiecat

                      Yeah with the crazy success the PS2 had it wasn’t out the realm of possibility to continue that success but Sony really dropped the ball.

                      The failure of the original XBox was what was able to fuel Microsoft to push the 360 out earlier (despite all those RROD’s) to give them the head start advantage in the West,

                      Though I’ll still never forgive Microsoft for bribing Sega of America CEO with a promised job with them to pursuade Sega to finally pull the plug on the Dreamcast..

                    • Xaltmas

                      While that is pretty shitty, Sega was doomed from the start. I think not having an original Sonic game on the Saturn was a huge mistake.

                      Also, the Saturn in general was kinda derpy.

                      BUT

                      It’s all Nintendo’s fault.

                      If Nintendo hadn’t fucked over Sony, Sony wouldn’t have gotten into the industry. If Sony hadn’t got into gaming, then Microsoft never would have gotten in.

                      I’m sure there is some way this can all be blamed on Reggie. If not, I’m going to blame him anyway.

                    • Budgiecat

                      lol

                      Well anyway, concerning Nintendo, they just didn’t want to give total control of their IPs to Sony or something. The contract gave Sony some massive control over Nintendo which they didn’t like or something to that effect.

              • Budgiecat

                lol because you already have a Wii U and nothing to play on it….

                • Xaltmas

                  Pretty much.

  • HighBrowDrifter
    • Budgiecat

      Signs of Shenmue III or the next Hatsune Miku?

      • bloodiOS

        Hatsune Miku FPS…

    • HighBrowDrifter

      Lol, sorry. Wanted to post this in the Open Forum….didn’t pay attention w( o.O)w

  • Pyrofrost

    I can’t wait to see what the Maniax team has going ^_^

    I also hope Soul Hackers did well enough to justify a remake of the original Devil Summoner. That would be great.

  • almostautumn

    What is Pakopan? I just google imaged it and it amounted to a blowjob picture— you’ve scarred my innocence, Gematsu!

  • Xaltmas

    Vanillaware goodness on PS4 plz.

  • Budgiecat

    He needs to let that go….

  • Unretributed

    I don’t understand, are you actually upset that FF XV and KH 3 will have a larger audience now and Disgaea is getting the same opportunity? Why does it matter if Disgaea isn’t exclusive anymore?

    Also its more likely that Disgaea 5 will be PS3/Wii U. But a 360 version isn’t unthinkable.

    I’m still not seeing the negatives though…

  • Willgaea

    If they make more money, they could in turn make more games. If they make more games, I can play more games. I don’t mind at all.

  • Eder García

    Metal Gear is not a Sony Only Franchise anymore, but the fans still are on Playstation so don’t be so dramatic on this.

  • Wolf Star

    Yeah “larger audience” ok tell me how KH3 and FFXV ended up being for Xbone?? Also KH 1.5 and KH 2.5 was announced in 2013 and even after Xbone was announced. Soo where is KH HD collection for Xbox 360?? to me KH3 was supposed to be PS4 exclusive but hey it’s M$ they know how to throw in extra $$ for begging devs to make the Big franchises that everyone loves for their platform.

  • JonathanisPrimus

    I honestly don’t think going multi-platform with Xbox One/360 or Wii U would help broaden the appeal of Disgaea.

  • z_merquise

    I never knew people asked Kamiya about Kill la Kill (even if I have a Twitter account).

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BdMUYJGCMAAu8_A.png:large

    I wonder what Kamiya’s responses to those. I bet it’s either he don’t know it nor he care. Too bad they asked the wrong person regarding Kill la Kill. Saito might be interested and I even asked him in Twitter last December but too bad he didn’t respond. Sigh.

  • Anime10121

    Cant place the blame entirely on Microsoft as you dont know what went on behind the scenes… The way I hear it, both games had every intention of being exclusive, but Sony didnt want to “sweeten the deal”. I mean, in this day and age, if you want a third party to develop EXCLUSIVELY for your system (especially when you’re talking your two biggest franchises that’d benefit from a wider audience), there has to be a benefit to the third party. If Sony couldnt provide that, I understand them going multiplat.

  • Xaltmas

    Kingdom Hearts III is going to be an expensive game to make. Why should SE limit themselves when it comes to potential customers?

  • Elvick

    Sony doesn’t have the funds to throw around money like MS does.

  • captainhowdy

    Exactly. This what happened I bet, I have a feeling Agent might be the same since Sony may not have the money to help.

  • Anime10121

    Still doesnt make it “Microsoft’s fault” or mean that they
    paid money to bring the game to Xbone. It makes better business sense to go after the larger install base of BOTH consoles now more than ever, especially considering the similar architecture of both consoles that make the difficulties of porting a thing of the past.

    Look, I’m about as big of a Sony fan as a lot of you, but sometimes, but the snide and even unintentional jabs that are thrown at Microsoft every time a “used to be exclusive” franchise jumps to multiplatform need to stop. People have got to realize that Sony does not own 80-90% of the market share like they did in the days of the ps1/ps2 days. Thusly, these companies are going to choose the route which is more lucrative to them which usually entails a multiplatform release.

    Now, if Microsoft wants to spend the money on exclusive contracts and clauses in said contract which state that most titles have to release the same day as their releases on “other platforms”, because they have the money to do so, SO BE IT. They have the money to do it, and I can assure you, if Sony had the same amount of cash as Microsoft, I can assure you, they’d do the same. Its business, nothing more nothing less.

  • DarthBrian

    Also, Sony has said on multiple occasions that they don’t pay for exclusives.

  • Eder García

    the first Disgaea was on the DS, Nintendo fans would be okay with another Disgaea on Nintendo consoles

  • Xaltmas

    Sony already has the brand association. The vast majority of people will continue to buy Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts on Playstation platforms.

    Certain people just feel like they are owed these franchises, or that other platforms don’t deserve them.

  • Xaltmas

    It just became too expensive for them to do so. That money is better spent investing in first party development anyway.

  • JonathanisPrimus

    That sold poorly, which explains why they never released another Disgaea on Nintendo hardware.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    I don’t think so, Tim. Disgaea originated on PS2. That was NIS’ first PS2 title. They had a couple games out before then, puzzle games for PS1 I think, but yeah… This is basically when they first made a breakthrough and took off, despite being such a small company.

    I still remember a lot of my local game stores being sold out of Disgaea because they didn’t even print that many copies of it, probably thinking it wouldn’t be all that successful.

  • Wolf Star

    You guys took my words right out of my mouth haha :) lool yeah at least we are seeing tons of Sony games coming right and left while on Xbox side we see.. more and more Timed DLC exclusives and not enough exclusive games, (I mean good ones and original besides halo)

  • DarthBrian

    No, I mean, they’ve never paid for them ever. Even when they had the money to do so. It’s not their policy to pay for exclusives.

  • Xaltmas

    Probably makes more sense to hope for a Mistwalker game on Wii U than for one on PS4.

  • Budgiecat

    Possible. Except for the lackluster sales on Wii for The Last Story (despite Nintendo going even so far as making a bundle)

  • Xaltmas

    Yeah, but Nintendo has got to be desperate for games.

    And if X ends up being a big thing (well, as big as a Wii U game can be), a Mistwalker JRPG might be good to piggyback off of that.

  • Budgiecat

    yeah possible.That usually how it works. But Nintendo has to do a better job of supporting them for sure

  • Xaltmas

    They are at least acknowledging X is a thing outside of Japan.

    I’m not expecting a massive TV blitz or anything, but ANYTHING is better than what they did to Xenoblade.

  • Budgiecat

    Let’s just punch Reggie

  • Xaltmas
  • Xaltmas

    Maybe he had hoped that people forgot all about Versus XIII?

    It was easy to assume that SE did.

  • Budgiecat

    See?? It’s like he’s totally asking for it!

  • Xaltmas

    I find it incredibly hard to believe that they went through the entire PSOne and PS2 generations without paying for ANY exclusives.

    Do you have a source that says they didn’t?

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    No real need to learn kanji for the most part anyway. A lot of instructions are written in hiragana and katakana for the most part. Some games will use kanji from time to time, but those are still few and far between.

    In a lot of games I import, it seems to be:

    90% hiragana+katakana
    10% kanji

    Unless it’s Ryu ga Gotoku or Sengoku Basara. Those use kanji more than most games, but it’s still not too bad since a lot of it is self-explanatory anyway.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    Say… Whatever happened to that tactics game they were developing for PS3 so many years ago? Hell, I can’t even remember the name of it any more.

  • Anime10121

    He meant the first Disgaea game was released on DS also. He doesn’t mean it WAS the first, just that the first game was released on DS (which is true albeit many years after it released on ps2 and PSP).

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    Ah, okay. Nintendo doesn’t really come to mind when I hear ‘Disgaea’ though.

  • Elvick

    But they likely wouldn’t make more money. The audience is all on PlayStation.

    NIS tried expanding to Nintendo with Disgaea DS, Phantom Brave on the Wii… but those flopped hard.

    It’s not worth the extra development costs. They’re niche, they’re expansion is limited and anyone they can potentially expand to likely will own a PlayStation something.