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Okamoto believes Japan can't catch West

Western devs leading the charge now

Yoshiki Okamoto has told Kotaku that he believes Japanese games development now lags so far behind the West that it may never be able to catch up again, the Game Republic designer noting how times have changed since the dominance of the NES era.

"It’s almost too late," he laments. "During the Famicom era, Japanese video games comprised 70 percent of all video games.

"And currently, it’s like 15 or 20 percent, isn’t it? Now, Western games are more advanced. For games like GTA IV, those guys are spending something like 5 or 10 years to make them. Even if we thought about catching up with them now, they’d still be making progress.

"But, not necessarily giving up, it’s just not possible to catch up in a single lifetime."

What are your thoughts on the present state of Japanese game development?

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