Keiji Inafune, creator of the Mega Man and Dead Rising series, isn’t afraid to speak up when something is wrong. Over the last two years, he has been fairly open about how he thinks Japanese developers are falling behind Western developers, and has been working to get Capcom on the same page as Western developers.
Now, despite being one of the top developers over at Capcom, Inafune has revealed in an interview with New York Times that there is a bit of tension between him and Capcom’s higher-ups.
“I want to make games that travel overseas, but Capcom hasn’t taken globalization seriously. I want to study how Westerners live, and make games that appeal to them.
“I’ve been fighting for many years now to change these things one by one. But the business side is resisting change. They think developers are stupid and don’t understand business. That’s why I can’t be on the board of directors.”
While many Japanese companies are struggling, Nintendo still remains on top. Inafune believes there is one key difference between the two companies.
“At Nintendo, 80 percent of the board is from development. At Capcom, it’s zero. All the business side cares about is protecting their own interests.”
I’m sure Capcom isn’t exactly pleased with what Inafune said. With a comment like that, we have to wonder if he is considering parting ways with Capcom. And while others at Capcom definitely have talent, they would be losing a big player in their company.