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#1 May 06 2010 at 3:13 PM Rating: Decent
An interesting article I came across that might be an interesting read: Square Enix Head Discusses Eidos Collaborations

Not directly related to FFXIV, but this line intrigued me:

Yoichi Wada wrote:
We had biased ourselves too much toward the Japan market up until the year before last, so you could say that we're taking a more natural approach now.


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#2 May 06 2010 at 3:45 PM Rating: Good
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Unfortunately I think he is talking about exposing the Japanese gamers to popular games outside of Japan more than exposing the Japanese gaming scene to the world. It seems like he wants to take popular games there were previously never thought to have a market in Japan and making a market for them. At the end of the day, the only benefit I see out of this is they will get a better idea of how the two cultures differ and get a better understanding of why or why not a game is successful. I don't see NA/EU gamers benefiting from this much (in terms of games that SE will release)

Edited, May 6th 2010 5:46pm by burtonsnow
#3 May 06 2010 at 3:53 PM Rating: Good
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Only thought I have for this right now is maybe we'll get "final mix"/"international" versions for multiple languages in multiple countries, no more additional content for Japanese only release (I say this mainly because I have kingdom hearts/2 on the brain atm). Any effort to move from a nationalistic to an international viewpoint seems like good progress for a company to me, just as long as it doesn't result in watered down products.
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#4 May 06 2010 at 3:59 PM Rating: Decent
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As the japanese population shrinks (and ages), japanese game developers need to boraden their market. The golden age of japanese video games is coming to an end, so i guess this is why they want to focus on a more "natural apporeach." I think Wada is implicity accpeting this shft, hence his statement: "I think a variety of game types need to be made available." We'll see more of this in the near future.
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#5 May 06 2010 at 9:05 PM Rating: Decent
burtonsnow wrote:
Unfortunately I think he is talking about exposing the Japanese gamers to popular games outside of Japan more than exposing the Japanese gaming scene to the world. It seems like he wants to take popular games there were previously never thought to have a market in Japan and making a market for them. At the end of the day, the only benefit I see out of this is they will get a better idea of how the two cultures differ and get a better understanding of why or why not a game is successful. I don't see NA/EU gamers benefiting from this much (in terms of games that SE will release)


That seems to be part of it. I think he was also suggesting that previously, SE has focused their development attention on what they felt would appeal to the Japanese market and then shipping worldwide as sort of an afterthought. From that interview, it sounds to me more like they're broadening their approach. In a sense, that isn't necessarily a good thing. One of the things that always drew me to the FF series, for example, was the heavily Japanese-inspired story lines. Not so much with the earlier FF games, but by the time you get to around VII there's an element to them that is both very subtle and very powerful. It wouldn't bother me to see them take a more global approach to the gameplay aspects of their games and preserve the backstory/lore elements.
#6 May 06 2010 at 9:18 PM Rating: Good
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I knew it. FFXIV is WoW2.
/sarcasm

Edited, May 6th 2010 11:24pm by Twangaz
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#7 May 06 2010 at 9:21 PM Rating: Good
Twangaz wrote:
I knew it. FFXIV is WoW2.


Naw, but it is a WoW clone. We finally determined that once and for all today.
#8 May 07 2010 at 4:23 AM Rating: Good
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Aurelius wrote:
One of the things that always drew me to the FF series, for example, was the heavily Japanese-inspired story lines. Not so much with the earlier FF games, but by the time you get to around VII there's an element to them that is both very subtle and very powerful.


^ Absolutely agree. Keeping up in par with global gameplay associated with games (and/or MMO's specifically) is all fine and dandy, but there is that underlying element that I'm hoping stays intact with FFXIV. FFXI was one of the few MMO's that actually drew me in to the characters, stories, etc. Progression just wasn't character-based, but it left you with a desire to actually progress in the storytelling as well, something many JRPG's have that Western RPG's overlook in favor of unique or superior gameplay mechanics.
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#9 May 07 2010 at 6:05 AM Rating: Good
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Aurelius wrote:
One of the things that always drew me to the FF series, for example, was the heavily Japanese-inspired story lines. Not so much with the earlier FF games, but by the time you get to around VII there's an element to them that is both very subtle and very powerful.


^ Absolutely agree. Keeping up in par with global gameplay associated with games (and/or MMO's specifically) is all fine and dandy, but there is that underlying element that I'm hoping stays intact with FFXIV. FFXI was one of the few MMO's that actually drew me in to the characters, stories, etc. Progression just wasn't character-based, but it left you with a desire to actually progress in the storytelling as well, something many JRPG's have that Western RPG's overlook in favor of unique or superior gameplay mechanics.


I agree wholeheartedly. The put little details into everything. Even the throw-away noobish quests had a small back story to them. Nobody told you to 'kill 5 bats,' but instead needed bat wings for some arcane reason that I can't remember.
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