Team Ninja: ‘We don’t make games for the West’
While the Eastern development community apparently focuses more on Western concepts, Team Ninja head Yosuke Hayashi has told games™ he would much rather concentrate on games that appeal to all.
“A lot of Japanese developers have been focusing on developing games designed to appeal to Western audiences, but most of them have failed. It's a situation we understand but, for Team Ninja, we never intentionally make games for the Western market. We merely try to make interesting games. However, we don't want to be grounded as an exclusively Japanese developer.”
Wise words from a studio with plenty of experience, as well as ambition to continue to push the boundaries on what gamer’s should expect from the studio.
“We are open for any collaboration, but it would depend very much on who the partner was” Hayashi said when questioned about a potential project with Capcom.
“We'd need any partner to be enthusiastic about working with us. We wouldn't want to work with a partner company just because they were famous.”
The full Team Ninja interview appears in Issue 106 of games™ which goes on sale across the world on Thursday 17 February. Want to subscribe? You can do so here, while the issue can be bought from the Imagine Shop or downloaded for the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch through iTunes.