"fun period," thanks to the breadth of choices out there for studios.
However it's also a "rough time for developers" as people "can't tell what you should be investing in" - no one has the answer. It's best not to have one?
"It’s a fun period, but if you look impartially at nothing but the financials, then it’s also a rough time for developers,” Takeuchi-san told Famitsu in an interview.
"That’s because you just can’t tell what you should be investing in — current hardware, new hardware, mobile, social-gaming stuff? Nobody has a set answer for that yet.”
Jun Takeuchi has Resident Evil 5 and Lost Planet notched on his belt, but he feels you shouldn't be trying to find some one-size-fits-all formula for success.
“Personally, though, I think it’s a mistake to deliberately set out to find an answer in the first place,” he said. You’ll never establish a base for yourself if you keep trying to ride on previous successes," he explained.
Takeuchi-san also defends Capcom for investing more of their time overseas and denies the publisher is abandoning their Japanese roots. “It’s not as if overseas developers have come up with a flawless new method to making games,” he said.
“I think that Japanese studios can absolutely come up with a development process that can outdo theirs. In terms of average skill, Japan’s developers aren’t losing out at all to them.” There are two game announcements from Capcom , teased the producer, and they're both original and for 2011.
Takeuchi: This "fun period" has 'no set answer' to fiscal success
27 January 2011 | By Simon Priest