Inaba: ‘Europe Leading Game Industry’
In a NowGamer interview, the industry legend commented on the image of Japan's games industry in comparison to Western markets.
Inaba commented, "Japan is not as influential as it once was. When you compare Japanese developers with European developers, I am sure there are many different opinions, but I personally think that in many ways, European developers are starting to grab the lead in the industry."
Although it is a Japanese company, Platinum Games has drawn heavily from Western influences to create Vanquish, a Gears of War-style cover shooter with tons of grit and gunplay. It is a massive leap from the abstract and traditionally Japanese nature of the studio's previous effort Bayonetta.
However, Inaba stressed that change is possible, "As Japanese developers, all we can do is continue making games at the highest possible quality while keeping them original. That is something difficult to do in Japan."
We recently revealed a new set of explosive screenshots for Vanquish. Check them out here.