In this week's Famitsu
, three major Japanese developers discussed this year's E3
and how they feel about the various motion technology displayed. Grasshopper Manufacture's Suda 51
, Q Entertainment's Tetsuya Mizuguchi
's Akihiro Hino all somewhat agree on what they see as the future of gaming. "Hardware-wise, it was all about Project Natal
," Mr. Suda said, as translated by 1UP
, noting his excitement on the possibility of creating a game specifically based around its technology.
"It's not a shift from 2D to 3D or in the number of polygons, but it's games trying to open up an entirely new door," Mizuguchi agreed, continuing, "I thought it would take longer, but it's happening faster than I expected." Ironically, when the trio chose the most exciting games at E3, the list quickly filled with Western-developed games, from Splinter Cell: Conviction
and Assassin's Creed 2
to The Beatles: Rock Band
. Could they resist the ubiquitous Final Fantasy
name drop? No, no they could not. "The visual quality was so impressive that I doubted it was even a game," Hino said of AC2
, adding, "Final Fantasy XIII
is the same way." Impressed/interested by the motion technology but still loving AAA-franchise sequels? Sounds like the whole game industry right now.