Keiji Inafune: Things Have Gotten Worse for Japanese Game Industry

Former Capcom producer urges indie devs to control and own their IPs

It's been a while since we heard Mega Man mastermind Keiji Inafune's disparaging thoughts on the state of Japanese game development, so it's probably a good time to check in. He's had some comments since then from time to time, but at this past weekend's PAX Prime he told GameSpot things are still pretty bad over there.

 

"Ultimately, it's probably gotten worse than when I was talking about it before. And that's a shame. But there are options out there. And there are many options that Japanese independent developers can pursue to gain more control, to own their own IP, et cetera. And Kickstarter is one of those fantastic options."

 

It's no surprise to see Inafune championing Kickstarter, especially since his recently launched Mighty No. 9, a spiritual successor of sorts to the Mega Man games, blew past its funding goal and is still climbing

 

What do you think about Inafune's continued dissatisfaction with the Japanese game industry? Are things still stagnant or is everything peachy?

 

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Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter at @Moldilox.

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