Inafune on Japan: "Everyone’s Making Awful Games"
The Tokyo Game Show is now over and several very promising titles have been announced including a new Devil May Cry, several Kinect games from Legendary developers and From Software's Project Dark. However, the ghost at the feast was Keiji Inafune, Capcom's head of R&D. He's convinced that Japanese gaming is at it's worst position in years and is headed for a bigger slump, trailing Western studios by five years.
“I look around Tokyo Games Show, and everyone’s making awful games; Japan is at least five years behind. Capcom is barely keeping up. I want to study how Westerners live, and make games that appeal to them.” - Keiji Inafune, head of global research and development at Capcom
These comments come in the wake of dismal annual Capcom profits- as well as some weak sales figures across the board. Since most of the biggest global hits now hail from the likes of EA and Activision, there's no doubt that several Japanese studios need to shake up their development routines and dig themselves out of the rut... but maybe Inafune ought to mind his manners until the Dead Rising 2 sales figures come in. [New York Times]
BBC Commissions Second Series of Dr. Who Adventure Games
Sumo Digital's free-to-download Dr. Who adventures turned out to be a real hit, resulting in 1.6 million downloads and some half decent reviews from us. Matt Smith and Karen Gillen will return to provide their faces and voices to the project, and Steven Moffat will reprise his role as producer.
The last episode of the first series will be released by the end of the year, and I'm sure we'll have a review for you when it does.
Good Old Games Shuts Down... For PR Stunt?
We've featured a few deals from Good Old Games over the last few months thanks to their DRM free re-releases of classic titles... but according to their front page, they're not just out of beta. They're out of business. Apparently, members who are waiting to download their purchased games will be presented with a solution on Wednesday.
However, a Polish business forum contains a mysterious missive from GOG's co-founder (via ShackNews). Michał Kiciński mentions a press conference dated for this Wednesday with a suspicious translated message: "Information about this soon on GOG.com (please do not panic after reading the information contained there:)"... which suggests that this whole thing may well be a publicity stunt to launch their next venture. As much as we like them, we hope that they weren't willing to deny their members to their games collections over a weak bit of publicity. We'll keep an eye on the situation.