Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios’ president Shuhei Yoshida recently gave an interview to Eurogamer in which he talks in detail about their E3 conference and the third party support for PS4 in Japan.
Given the fact that The Last Guardian has been in development for a long time, Yoshida was asked about the game’s budget and whether it was expensive to develop for them.
No, no, not at all. The team is much smaller, Teams in Japan are much smaller in general than teams in the US and Europe… Horizon is a much bigger budget title than The Last Guardian! It’s not so small, it’s much bigger than Ico or Shadow of the Colossus, but it’s not a US or European-style budget.
He was also asked about the support from Japanese third party developers like Square Enix, who announced some big projects for the PS4 at their conference including the much requested Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Yeah, it’s super interesting to look at each Japanese publisher. Each Japanese game publisher is making different decisions in terms of how to allocate resources. Some companies went really mobile, and upset some great creators… Other publishers said we are staying with consoles, consoles are important.
I was talking with Hashimoto-san, and he completely agreed that, you know, developing for the current, most recent tech… once you stop, you cannot come back. You have to keep investing and learning. Square’s people totally understand it. They are successful on the mobile side as well, especially in Japan, but they are investing both on mobile and console. Especially this generation, PS4. They announced another game the day after, and of course Kingdom Hearts… it’s very exciting.
The Last Guardian is currently set for a release in 2016 while more info about the Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released in Winter 2015.
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