Masahiro Sakurai: Glut of franchises and remakes at an unnatural level

Kirby creator questions industry's appetite for remakes

Masahiro Sakurai, director of software development for Sora Limited and creator of the Kirby character, has questioned the trend for sequels and reboots in a recent article.

"Is there any industry that relies so much on reusing and reusing their old titles as much as video games?" he wrote in Famitsu, translated by Polygon.

"Compared to other media like movies, dramas, animation, novels and comics, the glut of franchises and remakes is at an unnatural level."

He was speaking as a judge of the annual Japan Game Awards, and saw his role as promoting alternatives to the successful, AAA franchises.

"Good games attract fans, and if you have fans, you have an advantage. You try to use that to make the title something bigger, but that doesn't mean it's okay to give up on innovation. Popular, well-made games deserve praise, but titles that have some kind of unique creative spark to them also need to be praised in this way."

This year the Game Designers' Award was bestowed on SCE Santa Monica title The Unfinished Swan.

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Latest comments (3)

Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 4 years ago
Makes me wonder how comfortable he is in the Nintendo eco-system then. Is he showing signs that he wants to be working on something else apart form Kirby and Smash Bros?
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Gareth Eckley Commercial Analyst 4 years ago
"Good games attract fans," said someone whose games output is advertised by Nintendo.
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Eric Leisy VR Production Designer, Nike4 years ago
I feel like this criticism could be made for just about all creative media in this day and age, sadly... It's not just a video game epidemic.
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