Keiji Inafune crafting PS3 RPG

Mega Man designer and former Capcom R&D head making role-playing game exclusively for Sony's console.

Last October, Capcom R&D head and Mega Man designer Keiji Inafune shocked the industry by resigning from his employer of 23 years. Today, Bloomberg revealed what one of the prolific producer's next projects will be: a role-playing game for the PlayStation 3.

Inafune is crafting a PS3 RPG.

In an interview with the news service, Inafune revealed that he was working on the PS3 RPG, which could see release in Japan as early as August. No further details about the game were given, but the article did reveal that Inafune is also working on a social game designed specifically for the Japanese market. That title is due out later this month in the island nation.

Inafune said that the disruption of the game industry caused by social titles will lead to developer-management disputes like the one that prompted him to leave Capcom. "In this industry, it's often the creators who have the eye for potential hits but they're not the ones deciding what gets published," he told Bloomberg. "We'll see many more clashes as creator-management divides widen."

Inafune's exodus from Capcom came after he spoke out publicly against Japanese game development in general and his employer in particular. He told the New York Times, "I look around the Tokyo Game Show, and everyone's making awful games; Japan is at least five years behind." He also stated, "I want to make games that travel overseas, but Capcom hasn't taken globalization seriously."

Following his exodus from Capcom, Inafune set up two development houses: Comcept and Intercept. The latter was formed as a direct reaction to Inafune's opinion of the Japanese game industry, with an emphasis on original titles. The former is a more broadly defined entertainment company that handles the development and sales of games (including online and mobile titles), production, manufacturing, and sales of books, music, and video programming. Inafune is the president and CEO of both companies.

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flashn00b
flashn00b

I am familiar with Inafune's works, though I am skeptical about his current plan. I mean, I'd imagine that working with one development house would be difficult enough, but TWO?

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flashn00b

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iandizion713
iandizion713

wow if Hyperdimension Neptunia is his so called creative RPG...this guy is gone.

iandizion713
iandizion713

were is this guy going to get the money if he just dropped from his backing companys...i hope he dont make crap.

servb0ts
servb0ts

I wish Konami, Capcom & SE developers were this passionate about RPG goodness, Yes I said it i'm talking about you Konami-Suikoden 6, Capcom-Breath of Fire 6, an a good Final Fantasy game from SE.

servb0ts
servb0ts

I wish Konami, Capcom & SE developers were this passionate about RPG goodness, Yes I said it i'm talking about you Konami-Suikoden 6, Capcom-Breath of Fire 6, an a good Final Fantasy game from SE.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

It looks like Inafune is one of the few Japanese designers who has woken up to the reality, that Japan is no longer the gaming monopoly that it once was. Nintendo did, and has already shown how adapting to western audiences equals massive profits, so it is only natural that a talent like Inafune would realise this too.

Black_Id_Jenova
Black_Id_Jenova

New Formula Keiji + Enough Budget + Expert Staff = Bad Ass Series. Good luck KeijI!!!!

zidan4000
zidan4000

@Dragdar and that what makes companies bad and good , in mechanistic companies managers don't look for innovation all they want is guaranteed cash while the thing that they don't realize is that if they do innovate they will get more cash. any video game company needs to be decentralized that if the CEO is not a video gamer himself (which he needs to be a video gamer in first place)

Dragdar
Dragdar

"In this industry, it's often the creators who have the eye for potential hits but they're not the ones deciding what gets published," he told Bloomberg. "We'll see many more clashes as creator-management divides widen." - inafune . the man speaks the truth, managers don't know s**t about designing games, yet they are the ones deciding the fate of a development cycle, low- risk, take a tried formula stamp a new name on it, market and hope it sells, rinse and repeat. . Usually it's the high profile "big name" designers that are sometimes trusted to do as they will, and the result is often refreshing. but id say that's the exception, since even this man was denied creative freedom in capcom

newhighscore
newhighscore

wow. walked out on capcom after 23 years. that musta been some disagreement. i can def understand where he is coming from though. ive had my artistic integrity questioned, censored, and even completely changed without even so much as asking me (the guy that created it) hes got the name power, the mega man legacy, and the know how to make his new venture work though. best of luck keiji

cloud121
cloud121

funny how he said japan is 5 years behind in rpgs LOL,

CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

I guess you guys really are ignorant and don't know how to read. I'll repeat again, Inafune IS NOT MAKING AN RPG. Who the heck announces a game with zero advertisement and with no title due within the next 3 months? You can wait, guess, and pray all you want but in the end you'll get NOTHING. Hyperdimension Neptunia MK-II is the "game" you're all waiting for and I doubt many of will even buy it. Everyone here must be severely RPG staved to the point where they can't even think straight.

bigmouthkid
bigmouthkid

Knowing Inafune and games he created. I can tell the RPG he's creating is gonna kick some serious ass.

Maotoujin
Maotoujin

Well this has me intrigued. I'm hoping we hear more on what he's working on in the future, but I'm having some high hopes for this given the previous titles he's worked on.

huskerman34
huskerman34

LilRoss2k3 i totally agree. Maybe a breath of fire or steam punk rpg.

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

seems intriguing.... i look forward to seeing how this develops... ^^

LilRoss2k3
LilRoss2k3

been way too long since i've saved the world...FF13 sucked but i have faith in this guy.

esqueejy
esqueejy

" Inafune is also working on a social game designed specifically for the Japanese market." Then who cares? Seriously. JRPGs haven't been innovative since, ummm, well, since they were invented in the first place. They were then, but then somehow never changed. If I wanted wierd pseudo-complicated stories with emo toons hiding their lack of true substance behind superficially complicated under-developed plots with gaps veiled by a self-righteous sense that you're supposed to be so into it that you magically understand or are pitifully failing to grasp the quasi-esoteric nuance (that isn't really even there in the first place) then I'd still be playing JRPGs from the 90's. Tell real, fleshed out stories or get bent.

violentmonkey
violentmonkey

since when did computer RPG's need to have turn based gameplay in order for it to be called an RPG? Just because it started out that way doesn't it has to be confined to it. A computer RPG at its core in order for it to an computer RPG just needs to have a heavy/statistical growth system. It's true that would technically mean almost every game is a computer RPG, but all computer RPG's have a more explicit and practical way of representing the numbers behind the graphics. That imo is what makes an computer RPG a computer RPG and not a FPS or action adventure. Action RPG = a genuine computer RPG

aermeus
aermeus

All the RPG greatness lately....im loving it

warrner11
warrner11

alright lets see if we can get another Jrpg that good for once. slim pickings lately.

moroumenos
moroumenos

@Nightmareboosta So do I. I'm expecting great games from him.

jsh020
jsh020

bring on the J-rpgs' i can never get enough of them,

Chaotic19
Chaotic19

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GamerYnoX
GamerYnoX

@dj_pulserfan Mass Effect and Dragon Age are Action RPGs. Maybe you're saying they aren't because you're used to the classical turn based japanese RPGs that pretty much set a standard on that golden era. Seems these days RPGs are taking diferent paths and sometimes its difficult to tell the diference between a RPG and a action or shooting game. Seems that everything that has a "lvl up" and a story is a RPG :/ . I miss the old days... I will be always up for a good single player RPG.

niteryder1
niteryder1

@dj_pulserfan dragon age is an ACTION RPG or did you forget that there are different genres of RPGs

Pumpkinhead3
Pumpkinhead3

I love his attitude towards Japanese games and globalization. The only Japanese games I enjoy are JRPGs (and some of which are still riddled with way too many Japanese cliches) . The rest just don't really do much for a western audience (of course there are a few exceptions).

dj_pulserfan
dj_pulserfan

I don't get some of these comments about "It's hard to make an RPG" no, it's easy to make a good RPG but then we pull a Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age 2 where they listen to the COD fanboys and end up making action games. Keiji Inafune has a proven track record of making great games. He created Mega Man, Resident Evil, Onimusha which lead to the inspiration for Devil May Cry, Misadventures of Tron Bonne, Lost Planet, Dead Rising and Dead Rising 2. And even had a lot of involvement in Phoenix Wright and a lot of unappreciated gems from Capcom (Shadow of Rome for instance). When you think about it Inafune WAS Capcom. This guy can make an RPG in his sleep. And I'm sorry if I offended some Bioware followers, but Dragon Age 2 Mass Effect 2 ARE NOT rpgs.

SuperMessy
SuperMessy

Awesome, we definitely need more RPGs for PS3.

bdixon76
bdixon76

Much the same can be said about western FPS

larryed112
larryed112

Looking forward to what he comes up with. Totally agree with his comments about the Japanese games industry. Some of my fav games have been jrpgs in the past but the west has been calling the shots in innovation and storytelling for years now.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@dynomitemasta Are you mad at pretty boys because you wish you was one? I don't see why someone being pretty would be a bad thing unless your jealous. Anyway I agree there's potentially too many of the little children thing as I ran into it on Infinite Undiscovery and Lost odyssey (didn't really bother me on LO though) and then it happened on Star Ocean and would have happened on Tales of Vesperia if the PS3 version came to the UK so it's clearly a popular trend but I think it's not all that bad. You just seem easily irritated for no reason. Ahhh pretty people, ahhhh kids, ahhh japanese things. Roll with the punches and play a game if it is good regardless of if there are very (and I mean very) small things that annoy you.

shkar
shkar

the blame is on the people,,,who don't appreciate QUALITY titles and just go and pay for the CASUAL products .....

shaks101
shaks101

@GamerYnoX I could not agree more mate. I hope he makes a solid Single Player only RPG just like the golden era of RPG's oh so long ago..

psycho75
psycho75

dynomitemasta...Hey brother don't be so radical,diversity is a good thing for the game industry...cheers

GamerYnoX
GamerYnoX

I love rpgs, in fact there seems to be a lack of good rpgs most developers only seem to care about making mmo and not single player rpgs. Glad FF versus XIII is coming.

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

@X-RS... so what your saying is that you prefer western style RPG's.... your not gonna get any pretty boy farmer boys in a western RPG, unless of coarse your supposed to kill em..lol..what you stated is exactly why I don't play jrpg's. Things like that, and having annoying little kids and/or cute little animals in the story infuriates me... I got one game for the 360 (forgot the name) and there was these annoying twins that bobbed their heads from sis to side while walking with their cute little music playing every time...it was awful.... and it sucks, because it would probably otherwise be a decent game. You can't dress hero's like they're in a glam band from the early 90's anymore and expect people to be intersted in the game.

WintersMidnight
WintersMidnight

@X-RS Ever play Demon Souls, Persona 3 and 4, or any Shin Megami Tensei game for that matter, Baldurs Gate 2, Planescape Torment, Mass Effect 1 and 2, Dragon Age, Lost Odyssey, Xenogears, or the Fallout games? All those match up your criteria, and there are even more than those that I listed. Your post is pointless as that there are many rpgs that follow the criteria you stated.

X-RS
X-RS

well see about rpgs... everybody talks about 'good ol' days on ps2, yet any game that comes out with "gameplay that old" just gets lamented. personally i feel the only way rpgs can evolve outside of complex stats/mechanics and meched with other genres is to have less cliches and more human characters. and is you're going to do that might as well go all out radical and mature. pretty-boy-knight from farm, saving world from darkness is too used up.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

If it's a japanese release only initially that explains why it's a PS3 exclusive, there'd be no point going for the 360. Still.. Yet again adds another exclusive to Sony's console. Microsoft are getting walked all over these days in that department.

KillerWabbit23
KillerWabbit23

Allllright! Will keep tracking this, this looks interesting.

Kratos_Kills
Kratos_Kills

@Sigil-otaku I agree with you in most parts and that's the reason I disliked Inafune's approach. Actually only thing I agree with him is "sequels going forever" idea, other than that I agree with you.

Zoza24
Zoza24

He has a point about Japanese Development.. There are not many Japanese Games that are actually fun to play, the most of these titles goes either to the Wii or Nintendo DS.. The Majority of Japanese Developers do not want to handle Ps3's and 360's because of the amount of development time and Money.. These Developers Keiji is talking about do not put their passional efford in their games by adding the right volumes and something more innovating.. In shorter words, he means Japanese needs to change their way of thinking and their mentallity into a new Level.. With a Solution to switch over to a western Publisher thats willing to back them up with ideas and financial support..