Japanese developers are “behind western counterparts” says Square Enix’s Wada

The big boss man of Square Enix, Yoichi Wada, has spoken to  Financial Times and admitted that he believes Japanese game development  is now behind what is on show in both the US and Europe.

In the last five to 10 years, the Japanese games industry has become a closed environment, with no new people coming in, no new ideas, almost xenophobic. It is now slightly behind western counterparts,” he insightfully remarks.

Wada goes onto say that SE’s recent acquisition of Eidos should help this problem, although that was likely his reason for making the statement int he first place.

The combination of Eidos and Square Enix gives us a good platform from which to expand. In that process, we might decide to acquire another company,”he concludes.