Shinji Mikami Says Japanese Developers Are Too Risk Averse
Shinji Mikami, the creator of Resident Evil, is poised to reshape the face of survival horror with The Evil Within, which is being published through Bethesda as the company’s first next-gen title.
The developer had a few choice words to share about game development from a Japanese perspective, criticizing the Japanese gaming industry for being incredibly risk-averse. Having worked with Capcom, Mikami had the opportunity to learn a great deal about both Eastern and Western development philosophies.
“Games have become big projects, requiring a lot of resources both to create and market. Games have become more risky. Japanese companies don’t take those kinds of risks like Western developers do,” Mikami told Game Industry International. “In the past, what the Capcom president [Kenzo Tsuijimoto] told me was that game development is becoming more and more expensive and many Japanese publishers won’t be investing $30 million or more in a game.”
Mikami did not disclose the budget for The Evil Within, but there’s a good chance it costs more than $30 million, given his remarks. The developer added that he believes Japanese developers aren’t a lost cause, but that they could be doing more to adopt new technology, such as middleware, in the development of their games.