'Western developers are superior to the Japanese,' says Inaba

'Western developers are superior to the Japanese,' says Inaba
Will Freeman

By Will Freeman

February 19th 2009 at 3:56PM

MadWorld, Okami and Viewtiful Joe creator also affirms importance of original IP

Developers in the West are better than those in Japan, according to the man behind upcoming Wii game MadWorld, plus previous Capcom hits Okami and Viewtiful Joe.

Speaking to Develop in today's interview with Platinum Games about Madworld, executive director Atsushi Inaba confessed that he thinks Japanese developers are lagging behind their Western rivals.

"To be honest, I think that western developers are superior to those in Japan overall," said Inaba.

"So we the Japanese developers should realise that we have to work hard to reach the western level. We’re fast reaching a stage where it’s going to be about individual developers and not about what country they are in, globalisation is coming to our industry too."

Inaba also highlighted the fact that he sees original IP as providing developers with an unrivaled opportunity to succeed: "Our vision has always been to create new IPs. The best way for a developer to make a mark in the industry and secure its future is by creating new and successful IPs. It’s a very hard process but if you succeed, the rewards are massive."

To read the full interview, click here.