Dengeki Online recently interviewed 13 Japanese developers about their thoughts on PlayStation 4, which launches in Japan on February 22.
The last question Dengeki asks are for the each developer to share a message with their readers. And some of those answers are very teaser-filled.
Let’s have a look.
Takahisa Kochiwa – Idea Factory (Compile Heart) Game Development Department, Game Development Division, Director
- Anticipated games: Final Fantasy XV, Nobunaga’s Ambition: Creation, and Kingdom Hearts III.
“Previously, I accidently spoke of a new PlayStation 4 title—but it is an RPG. And it’s a Compile Heart title. With the exception of the Neptunia series and Moero Chronicle for PS Vita, there is also a not yet announced title, so please expect it this year.”
Naoko Mizuno – Idea Factory (Compile Heart) Game Development Department, Game Development Division, Neptunia Series Producer
- Anticipated games: Final Fantasy XV.
“Thank you for supporting Neptunia Re; Birth 2 and Gekishin Black Heart. One day as soon as possible, we’ll be able to share the latest title in the Neptunia series. Please wait a little while for the NepuNepu follow-up report.”
Kenta Sugano – Idea Factory (Compile Heart) Game Development Department, Game Development Division, Record of Agarest War Series and Mugen Souls Series Director
- Anticipated games: Watch Dogs, inFAMOUS: Second Son, and Final Fantasy XV.
“Within our company, various titles like Record of Agarest War, Mugen Souls, and Neptunia have come along, but with PlayStation 4’s sale, we gradually want to do new things. I wonder… So we will persist in order to announce something new. From here on, please give Compile Heart your attention!”
Takuma Endo – Acquire Representative Director
- Anticipated games: FIFA 14, Idolmaster, and Thief.
“This year is Acquire’s 20th anniversary, and like with Tenchu, Way of the Samurai, and Akiba’s Trip, we’ve made titles that ‘will surprise users, and yet entertain them.’ The hardware is evolving, and we will continue making similarly surprising games for our users.”
Junichiro Tamura – Acquire Producer
- Anticipated games: Idolmaster, Dream Club: Host Girls on Stage, and The Order: 1886.
“Acquire are making challenging titles every year. If it’s the case, I want to think about an interesting game using the Share functionality.”
Ryoei Mikage – Imageepoch Representative Director and Producer
- Anticipated games: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Yakuza: Ishin, and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.
“We’ve already settled the announcements of Toushin Toshi and SoniPro for Nintendo 3DS. And still, as we approach Imageepoch’s 10th anniversary, we are wrestling again with our debut title genre of SRPG. Please give us your attention.”
Mitsunori Takemoto – Imageepoch Director
- Anticipated games: Watch Dogs and Yakuza: Ishin.
“Toushin Toshi will finally be released on January 30, 2014. In addition to being properly enhanced and with various refinements implemented, I think that it’s worth it to see how 2D graphics look with the 3D stereoscopic vision. Please look forward to it.”
Kazuki Morishita – GungHo Online Enertaiment Representative Director and CEO
- Anticipated games: Watch Dogs, inFAMOUS: Second Son, and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
“Lily Bergamo is a Grasshopper Manufacture-like action game that, with my partner Bergamo (Goichi Suda), we would like everyone of enjoy. Furthermore, thanks to GungHo’s expertise in online, and the unique smartphone cooperation capability of PlayStation 4, which until now was non-existent, we will be able to reach new and unexpected levels of entertainment. All of our development staff concerned, we’re pitching with all of our power, so please look forward to it.”
Hiromichi Tanaka – GungHo Online Entertainment Development HQ Chief Manager
- Anticipated games: Deep Down, Final Fantasy XV, and The Order: 1886.
“Unannounced titles are in development.”
Goichi Suda – Grasshopper Manufacture Representative Director and Director
- Anticipated games: The Order: 1886.
“Please look forward to Lily Bergamo. We’re currently developing it so that we can make more announcements soon.”
Hiroyuki Sakamoto – Sega Director
- Anticipated games: Watch Dogs, Hohokum, and Final Fantasy XV.
“At last the PS4 version of Yakuza: Ishin will be released on February 22. Being a launch title, working on it has been a great motivation! The PlayStation 4 version has Share functionality, PS Vita remote play, and cross-save, making for the perfect specifications. Please look forward to the PS4 version of Yakuza: Ishin.”
Ryoji Yanase – Nippon Ichi Software Producer
- Anticipated games: The Playroom.
“Until I can make an announcement, please look forward to it.”
Takumi Nakazawa – Regista Producer, Director, and Planner
- Anticipated games: The Playroom and Deep Down.
“My last game, Root Double (for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC) has already been released for some time. It’s a highly thrilling game of which its keywords are: ‘Escape from a locked room,’ ‘Lethal Crisis,’ ‘Suspect everything in an extreme situation,’ ‘Near future sci-fi,’ and ‘Group drama.’ I’d highly recommend it to all those who love text adventure games. If you think you’re interested, please take a look at the official website. Also, I’m currently working on a new original game. It will be slightly different in its mechanics, which by itself proves to be a challenge. Please look forward to the day we can reveal it to the public.”
Translations contributed by Sal Romano and Daniele Casu.