There has been an intense conversation lately about the state of PlayStation in Japan. Sales statistics show that, aligned with the launch, the PlayStation 5 is performing worse than the Nintendo Wii U, although the console is sold out worldwide. Some believe the small shipments of hardware indicate a lack of interest on the part of the Japanese giant in its home territory, and that sentiment has been compounded by a wave of high-profile departures from its Japan Studio development team.
However, the head of PlatinumGames, Atsushi Inaba, feels different: “To be honest, we are not very sorry, or at least I have not felt the impact yet,” he told VGC. “That said, I understand that the console industry in Japan is not what it used to be and that when that happens, the priorities of these big console makers will change, and that makes perfect sense to me.”
He continued: “I don’t know if that’s an opinion that exists, and I don’t have any personal investment, but just because PlayStation is from Japan doesn’t mean it should focus on the Japanese market. I do not feel like it. At the same time, I don’t think it’s American either: I think it’s international and it doesn’t really belong to any country. This is how I feel as a developer. “
However, in the same interview, Hideki Kamiya, designer of Devil May Cry, pointed to Sony’s decision to break with the default controls of the PS5 as a sign that things might change internally: “My pride is not hurt as a Japanese. It’s just more that there are two sides that had two ways of doing things, and I think that in a way they leaned towards myopia. I don’t understand the reasoning behind this.
He added: “It’s just a lack of respect for the video game cultures that have existed for decades in so many people’s lives. I feel like the PS5 interrupted this and I’m not sure if that made sense. “
But Kamiya concluded that he did not plan to “flee Sony from the Japanese manufacturers at all ”. He said: “It’s so hard to get a PS5 right now that I think we don’t have enough specifics yet on how it will ultimately work in Japan. Unfortunately, stockouts are expected until the end of the year, according to AMD.