Platinum: PS3 Bayonetta "our biggest failure"

Atsushi Inaba laments outsourced port, says "it's a joke" how Japanese devs are lumped together

While Platinum Games is busy finishing up work on Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, director Atsushi Inaba spoke with Edge Magazine about the company's biggest disappointment to date, and had harsh words for those who would dismiss Japanese developers en masse.

As part of a feature interview, Inaba told Edge that he regretted shifting responsibility for the PlayStation 3 version of Bayonetta to an external team within Platinum publishing partner Sega. That version of the game turned out to have frame rate issues and control quirks not present in the Xbox 360 edition, which Platinum developed in-house.

"The biggest failure for Platinum so far, the one that really sticks in my mind, is that port," Inaba told the magazine. "At the time we didn't really know how to develop on PS3 all that well, and whether we could have done it… is irrelevant: we made the decision that we couldn't. But looking back on the result, and especially what ended up being released to users, I regard that as our biggest failure."

Inferior ports presumably won't be an issue for Bayonetta 2, as that game has been announced as a Wii U exclusive, with Nintendo set to publish.

According to Edge sister site CVG, Inaba also took exception in the interview to the way people talk about the Japanese game development scene.

"I don't like it when people lump Japanese games developers all together into one group," Inaba said. "Frankly, I think it's a joke. What do these people know? Think about Western developers. There are many Western developers making terrible games, and then you see one like Infinity Ward making a game that sells 20 million and everyone goes, 'Hey, Western developers are amazing!' There are tons of terrible Western developers, just like there are tons of terrible Japanese developers. To lump studios together in great masses misses the point."

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James Prendergast Process Specialist 9 years ago
Are people lumping developers together? (Western or Eastern or anywhere else!)

I don't think I've really seen it...
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James Brightman Editor, North America, GamesIndustry.biz9 years ago
There's been plenty of talk about how Japanese developers in general are just not creating good games anymore, and so that is lumping them together to a certain extent.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 9 years ago
Yes, indeed it has been going on for a while (this lumping together stuff), but to me, that's just a sign of lazy writers and worse, fans who don't know anything about game history (or pretend that a handful of titles represent ALL of what Japanese studios have done or can do)...
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 9 years ago
He's right, there are terrible developers from both sides of the world, as well as great ones from both sides. For me during this gen the majority of my gaming fun has come from Western developers(I'm a huge shooter fan). But because I also play a good deal of fighting games I couldn't simply say something along the lines of "all Japanese games suck" because they don't all suck and thats the point he's basically making.
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Abraham Tatester Producer 9 years ago
Immediately upon reading the subhed, I was assuming he was talking about Phil Fish, developer of Fez, and those who supported him when he infamously said,"Your games just suck," to a Japanese developer at GDC this year. It wasn't that long ago, folks:
That's a pretty clear case of "lumping" in my opinion. Actually, no, that's not an opinion, that's a fact.
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd9 years ago
Phil Fish is, to be honest and completely non-politically correct, an arrogant bigoted asshole. It's easy to see how people like Inaba would be frustrated with such outrageous generalization and marginalization of an entire nation.
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Tony Johns9 years ago
He is right there,. Over the past few years I didn't like how people have been saying bad things about Japanese game developers loosing their creativity when in reality there are still many who have that creativity. It just isn't up to what most kinda expect.

Same thing for Western Developers.

Some may say that western developers only make shooting games, action games, sports games and MMOs and I look at the now defunct Blue Tongue Studios and saw what they have done with DeBlob that is not realistic at all, instead it is perhaps the best 3D platform game developer since RARE(in their N64 days) and yet the success of the game could not save the studio from THQ's financial problems.

Instead of blaming developers failings on poor games, perhaps people in general just need to aspire to get into the game industry and try to understand it from a perspective of someone working within the industry to understand the core problems of game development from both Japanese and Western cultures.

And yes I say Japanese Developers instead of Eastern Developers because who else except for Japan can say they have an outstanding game development studios in their country that is from Asia?

I would mention South Korea, but the only game I have played developed in South Korea is Pangya: Golf with Style.
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Josh Meier9 years ago
The only real problem I ever had with Bayonetta on the PS3 was the load times, which were long, but not unbearably so. I don't recall experiencing FPS issues.

Maybe I just got lucky.
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Emily Knox Associate Designer, CCP Games9 years ago
Same here Josh, if that's their biggest failure surely that's an achievement, I thought Bayonetta on PS3 was fantastic, never encountered framerate issues or control problems.
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