For a long period of time in past, video game industry was dominated by titles from Japanese developers. As the modern gaming trends have taken over, the attraction for the titles had faded away and in recent years, Japanese titles are making their comeback and understandably, gamers still have interests in the titles. Over last one year alone, several big titles including Final Fantasy XV, NieR: Automata, Persona 5 have made their way into the current generation of video games. However, it seems that in the coming years, we will see more titles from Japanese video game developers as recently, Shawn Layden talked to Time about the future of PlayStation.
During his interview, he talked about how Japanese video game developers are affecting video game industry in a major way. He also revealed that the company has some major announcements lined up for the upcoming E3 few days later. He said, “That’s super important for us. I think a lot of Japanese developers lost their way chasing the mobile games yen, if you will, but they’re coming back to console in a major way. And speaking of, we’ll have some big announcements at E3 in that precise vein.”
During the interview, he also talked about impact Nintendo Switch had on gaming industry since its launch as he admitted that the console is exactly what fans were expecting for a long period of time. He commented, “When you look at our numbers, I think it shows that a lot of gamers are a two-console family. And quite often those two consoles are PlayStation and Nintendo sitting side-by-side.”
“To be honest, the Vita just didn’t reach critical mass in the U.S. or Western Europe. I don’t know if it was that it was more technology people had to carry around, or more things to charge, or whether their phone or tablet were taking care of that. But once the content slowed in that pipeline, it became hard to keep the Vita as a going concern.”
We have to wait little bit longer as the E3 is scheduled for June 13-15.
Featured Image: Flickr/Ian Muttoo