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Japanese Developers Share Ambitions And Teasers For 2019


By Sato . December 28, 2018 . 9:30am

2018 is coming to an in depth, so meaning we now have 4Gamer’s annual year-end speak with the builders from Japan who shared their ambitions for 2019 in addition to some teasers for tasks they’re engaged on.


The 4Gamer function has feedback from 195 members this yr. Under are a number of the highlights:



  • Keisuke Miyauchi (Director): “It seems like 2019 will probably be a yr of preparation, so there’s not a lot I can say but… I consider we’ll poke our  heads out after a while, so when the time comes I’d a lot respect all of your help.”



  • Akira Nishitani (President)L “2018 is nearly coming to an finish. I’d wish to thanks guys for every part this yr. Once more, Pleased New Yr 2019! I’m working arduous on a brand new venture in the mean time, so look ahead to when it will get introduced!”



  • Yoichi Yamaguchi (Government Director): “We’re considering of varied new approaches for the Neo Atlas collection. Please look ahead to it.”


Bandai Namco

  • Ryuichiro Baba (New Enterprise Relations Common Supervisor): “I’m at present taking over a difficult artistic for a digital leisure that isn’t for consoles, arcades, or cellular. I need to put in all of my expertise gained up thus far in order that we will have as many individuals attainable attempt it out, so look ahead to it!!”



  • Hajime Chikami (President): “The PlayStation four horror journey recreation NG releases on February 21. To go together with it, the earlier title Dying Mark’s novel and comedian variations will even debut. I hope to see individuals additional benefit from the world of Demise Mark. Once more, in 2019 we plan to launch two dungeon RPGs through which we specialize. We’d get one thing greater than that ♪”



  • Fuyuki Hayashi (Producer/Director): “Whereas it’s been partially introduced, we plan to launch Crystar abroad in 2019, and it will make me completely satisfied to see as many abroad followers attainable get to play the sport. Once more, I’d love to do my greatest in order that we will shortly announce a brand new one thing for you guys to play.”



  • Kazuma Kujo (Chief Producer & Recreation Designer): “In 2018 we quietly launched video games like Manga Kakeru and Catastrophe Report four Plus: Summer time Reminiscences, as we moved ahead with preparations to announce a brand new recreation someday in Spring 2019. We induced some hassle with delays in 2018, so I’d like to enhance on the precision of our manufacturing, and launch a recreation that may make you guys really feel pleasure or a recreation that is still in your reminiscences. Thanks on your continued help.”


Concept Manufacturing unit/Compile Coronary heart

  • Makoto Kitano (Director/Producer): “This yr we launched an RPG referred to as Dragon Star Varnir the place you’re required to eat dragons as a way to survive, and we acquired all types of suggestions for it, however we’re working to deliver you guys a brand new sort of shock for 2019. Aside from the titles I’m engaged on, we’ve got a wealthy lineup coming together with one thing with the key phrase “忍” (Editor’s Observe: Shinobu, so some type of Ninja-esque trace) so sit up for that!”


  • Norihisa Kochiwa (President): “I really feel the passionate anticipation from you guys, for titles reminiscent of Arc of Alchemist, Azur Lane: Crosswave, Eshigami no Kizuna, and Hypnosis Mic –Division Rap Battle Recreation (tentative). We’re additionally engaged on an unannounced RPG that’s attribute of Compile Coronary heart! We’re shifting ahead on tasks with some sudden creators which I feel can be shocking. We’ll work onerous on titles that may deliver you pleasure subsequent yr, so please look ahead to it!”


JP Video games

  • Hajime Tabata (CEO): I need to make the longer term extra entertaining with video video games, utilizing the expertise and know-how I’ve cultivated in recreation improvement to let unfastened on a bigger enjoying subject. 2019 might be a yr or preparation for that. And naturally I’ll be creating video games.”


Kadokawa Video games

  • Juntaro Kono (Government/Producer): “In 2018 we launched the primary new Metallic Max recreation shortly with Metallic Max Xeno. This may be forward of time, however 2021 is the collection’ 30th anniversary. Director “King Miya” is doing his greatest in planning. Please look ahead to it.”


Koei Tecmo

  • Kenichi Ogasawara (Omega Pressure Model Lead): “To begin with, take pleasure in Dragon Quest Builders 2: God of Destruction Malroth and the Emtpy Island, which was developed by Omega Drive. Resulting in what is going to doubtless be an enormous pageant all over the world for the yr 2020, I consider 2019 can be a yr of massive bulletins for brand spanking new hardware and platforms, so do hold an eye fixed out!”


  • Keisuke Kikuchi (Producer): “Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World is for the Atelier collection’ 20th anniversary, that includes alchemists from its historical past who collect to have enjoyable and construct a city. Once more, in March we’ve Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland that’s shaping as much as be an applicable title as the newest entry of the collection. We’re zealously creating in order that we will announce a brand new title after that. There’s lots coming subsequent yr, however we’re rigorously engaged on every little thing one after the other.”


  • Hisashi Koinuma (President): “I’d wish to make 2019 an lively yr. Not simply as the present president, however lively as a producer as properly, and maybe we will announce one thing new in 2019. Thanks on your continued help.”


  • Kou Shibusawa (Basic Producer): “We’re at present engaged on the ultimate touches for Nobunaga’s Ambition: Taishi with Energy-Up Package. I’d like to satisfy the demand of Nobunaga’s Ambition followers, and the event group is working exhausting, so please sit up for that. In 2019 I’m desirous about utilizing extra AI, and make an amusing recreation we’ve but to see.”



  • Kenichiro Takaki (Senior Government Officer/Honey∞Parade Video games President): “To shut out 2018 we launched the newest of the Senran Kagura collection in Peach Ball: Senran Kagura for the Nintendo Change, and with the airing of TV anime’s season 2, the collection followers are joyful. The work may have a hill to climb, however I plan on actively saying new titles to take a leap into making subsequent yr an much more entertaining one.”



  • Hironobu Sakaguchi (Recreation Designer): “I’ve begun engaged on a brand new undertaking. I’d like to show a brand new leaf and work onerous at a brand new start line.”


Nippon Ichi Software program

  • Sohei Niikawa (President/Producer): “We’ll actively launch new titles in 2019 as properly. As for my very own private work, I’m creating a Disgaea app. I’m working onerous to ship a Disgaea which you could solely get from an app, so please sit up for that!”



  • Shunsuke Kawarazuka (Director): “I feel what I’m missing is ‘challenges.’ In 2019 I’ll be engaged on fixing that. You guys, too, attempt ‘taking over a problem no matter anybody else, only for your self.’ I’m positive it will deliver a change of tempo to your life.”


  • Kazuki Hosokawa (Judgment Producer): “We launched Judgment on December 13, 2018. I’m relieved that the title we put a lot time into was capable of end and launch with none points. We confronted so many new challenges and went via numerous difficulties throughout improvement, however with the ability to hear followers say ‘That was enjoyable!’ really made it well worth the exhausting work, and that’s a sentiment shared with the complete employees. At first of subsequent yr we’ll put our heads collectively for the subsequent title once more, so thanks on your continued help of Ryu ga Gotoku Studio.”


Sony Interactive Leisure

  • Keiichiro Toyama (Artistic Director): “2018 was a troubling yr that was filled with issues I by no means considered and issues I don’t need to take into consideration, nevertheless, in the midst of that through the Siren Exhibition I spoke with followers of 15 years. They gave me motivation to make video games in addition to some massive hints. Whereas issues will nonetheless be behind-the-scenes, I need a recent new begin in order that I may give it every part I’ve from the very begin and go all out!


  • Teruyuki Toriyama (Japan Studio Producer): “In 2018 we launched the VR platformer referred to as Astro Bot: Rescue Mission that allows you to take pleasure in a 360-degree motion, and a VR journey recreation that allows you to discover a world the place time stops in Déraciné. Each absolutely make the most of the PlayStation VR features, so it’d make me comfortable to see gamers give it a attempt. In 2019 we’ll see the debut of an unannounced title we’re engaged on, and we plan to start preparations on a brand new venture as properly, so thanks in your continued help.”


Spike Chunsoft

  •  Takayuki Sugawara (Director): “This yr, we have been lastly capable of launch Zanki Zero within the final summer time of Heisei. To those that acquired to play the sport for themselves, thanks very a lot. For many who’ve but to take action, there’s a demo on the market so please give it a shot. It’s arduous to say that Zanki Zero is for the plenty, however within the least I consider it provides a singular type of enjoyable you could’t get anyplace else. Nevertheless, I’m disenchanted that I wasn’t capable of talk it higher with our clients. Subsequent yr we’ll launch the abroad model and Steam model, so I’ll be engaged on getting as many individuals attainable to attempt it out. As for what’s ‘subsequent’ I’m considering of varied methods to attach issues. I want all of you readers a cheerful new yr.”


Sq. Enix

  • Tomoya Asano (Enterprise Division 11 Government): “In 2019 we’ll have a problem that’s totally different than the others we’ve had up till now (Octopath and Bravely). I’ll do my greatest! We’re shifting ahead with a number of recreation developments at Sq. Enix’s Enterprise Division 11. Every one ought to make followers glad! It is perhaps a short while till we will reveal info, however please look ahead to it.”


  • Yosuke Saito (Government Producer): “It will be extra to share extra information on Babylon’s Fall that’s being developed along with Platinum Video games. Additionally, please help the idol group Gems Firm! I’ll make a reside present occur within the close to future! It’ll occur! I promise! We even have quite a few unannounced titles, so I’ll hold doing my greatest whereas sacrificing all types of issues! [Cries] Why do I all the time maintain myself so busy like that. Perhaps I’m sick…”


  • Atsushi Hashimoto (Tokyo RPG Manufacturing unit Director): “In January 2018 we launched the abroad model of Misplaced Sphear together with the newest replace. Whereas we’ve but to make something public, on a regular basis we’re diligently engaged on a recreation that’s being made to shock lots of people, so please sit up for our subsequent title.”



  • Yoko Taro (Director, errand boy, and such): “On the stage in 2018 we have now the YoRHa Musical, Shonen YoRHa, Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare Zero – Kai, and different NieR and SINoALICE live shows, so it felt like a yr filled with occasions. This was made attainable because of associated work being hits and from the help of followers. Thanks very a lot. Now for 2019 I plan on a downfall.

Nevertheless, Yoko Taro gained’t die that simply.”

[Editor’s Note: Yoko Taro proceeds to rap telling the shining youth of the industry to step up, but not long before going on about killing handsome dudes, busting your liver and pissing off the doctor.]

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