Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima has expressed his concerns with the current state of the global games industry and questioned the role of Japanese developers within the landscape.
The legend believes that only a handful of games manage to grab the majority of gamers’ attention:
“It’s much more competitive now: if you look at triple-A titles on a worldwide scale there’s maybe only ten really big games that can get gamers’ attention, and I’m not sure how Japan can compete on that level.”
He also suggests that the plenthora of sequels and threequels within the industry are caused by the lack of variety in consumer demand:
“I think it’s more consumer demand – right now, consumers are happy with what they have. First-person shooters sell like crazy, so there’s not really a strong demand for anything else, and that’s why [original ideas] stop being made.
“People are satisfied with making minor upgrades and tweaking things here and there – as long as that’s the landscape, it will keep on happening. I don’t see a problem necessarily, but at the same time it is nice to see new things come.”
And Mr. Kojima, what games made by you are coming out this year? Metal Gear Solid HD Collection and Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D? Oh.