Leading development tools provider SN Systems has announced the launch of a unique service being provided through its Japanese office - a match-making service which will link up Japanese developers with Western publishers.
The service is designed to provide an introduction for western publishers to the growing ranks of independent developers in Japan - a new breed of studio which has begun to emerge there in recent years as key development staff break away from the large publishers.
"We have recently noticed a big change in Japanese game development — the developers here want to work with western publishers and western publishers want to work with Japanese developers," explained SN Systems Japan CEO, Tomo Ohno. "This was almost unheard of until a few years ago."
The service isn't just designed to allow western publishers an opportunity to acquire content created entirely in Japan, however, as many Japanese studios are also keen to undertake contract work on projects - and development costs there are often lower than in the west.
"The development scene is Japan is becoming more like that of the west," according to Ohno, "with developers offering to develop complete games or work on a specific part of a game e.g. animation, FMV, storyboarding."
"SN are in an ideal position to know what teams are available and what levels of expertise they have," he continued. "The service we are offering is unique and [we] believe that by making introductions we will see some truly innovative and creative games made for east and west."
SN Systems provides the industry standard development tools for a wide range of consoles, most recently rolling out its suites of products for the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP - with the vast majority of the PSP's launch titles created using SN's tools.
Anyone interested in the new Japanese match-making service can find out more at the company's booth at E3 - meeting room 6815 in the Kentia Hall.
External Link: SN Systems Website