Japanese developers get it too easy, says Australian dev at French Canadian studio
By Alice Lynton on August 18, 2012 at 1:05 pm
Assassin’s Creed III’s Australian creative director Alex Hutchinson has caused a bit of a furor among our English colleagues by saying games critics are a little bit racist in their approach to review scores. CVG asked Hutchinson why Nintendo can release the same Mario game every year and receive nothing but praise, while Ubisoft Montreal has been heavily criticised for three annual releases.
“I think there’s a subtle racism in the business, especially on the journalists’ side, where Japanese developers are forgiven for doing what they do. I think it’s condescending to do this,” the developer replied.
“Just think about how many Japanese games are released where their stories are literally gibberish. Literally gibberish. There’s no way you could write it with a straight face, and the journalists say ‘oh it is brilliant’. Then Gears of War comes out and apparently it’s the worst written narrative in a game ever. I’ll take Gears of War over Bayonetta any time.
“It’s patronising to say, ‘oh those Japanese stories, they don’t really mean what they’re doing’. I just think the simple question should be; is the story any good?”
Assassin’s Creed III is due on consoles in late October and on PC in late November; it will be the fourth entry in the series to release in as many years.