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Has Sony made PlayStation "too Western"?

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I don't think so, Playstation is global, it's awesome everywhere in the world, and we got plenty of awesome Japanese games this gen.



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I guess based on the recent 1st party output that Sony has released (i.e., The Last of Us, Uncharted, Detroit: Become Human, God of War, etc.), Sony has become more "Western." I don't think it particularly matters, its just something that Sony ended up leaning towards when it came to software development.

There are various successes in recent years from both a Western and Japanese perspective. While games like Resident Evil 7 (and 2 Remake) and Monster Hunter World showed that Japanese developers can use Western influences to create critically and commercially great games, games like Atlus' Persona 5, Square Enix's Dragon Quest XI, and Platinum Games' Nier Automata show that Japanese-rooted games can also be successful critically and commercially. Hell, Nintendo is home to some of the most recognized IPs in the world and they are mostly Japanese-rooted (outside of a certain few like Metroid).



ClassicGamingWizzz said:
Hynad said:

What a distasteful comment.

My comment was about shit working conditions , its true japanese people work crazy amount of hours and barely have time to themselfs, time to date , game etc.

That why phone games are What they play and portable mode switch games, where you can play for some minutes when you have a Little break or going on bus to work place etc. 

Cant Blame Sony for focusing on other markets.

I think he got another interpretation of your post.

I understand you were talking about working too much/hard but the expression you used phrased the way you did made it also sound like you were talking about suicide. That was what crossed my mind first, before getting what you actually meant to say.



S.Peelman said:
BraLoD said:
All I know is that they are not making any LoD, and that sucks.
The rest is fine.

You don’t know that, it might still be in secret. Stay positive!

I was referencing to the past.

They are definitely making it right now!



BraLoD said:
ClassicGamingWizzz said:

My comment was about shit working conditions , its true japanese people work crazy amount of hours and barely have time to themselfs, time to date , game etc.

That why phone games are What they play and portable mode switch games, where you can play for some minutes when you have a Little break or going on bus to work place etc. 

Cant Blame Sony for focusing on other markets.

I think he got another interpretation of your post.

I understand you were talking about working too much/hard but the expression you used phrased the way you did made it also sound like you were talking about suicide. That was what crossed my mind first, before getting what you actually meant to say.

We here use a lot this expression " i/you are killing myself/yourself working that Much"

Maibe you and him read my comment and got : "why would Sony CARE about japanese when they ONLY work until decide to kill themselfs" ?

Bah, not my intention at all. 🤷



 

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JRPGfan said:
RolStoppable said:
It's not like Sony had a real choice. They can't compete with Nintendo without a tremendous advantage in third party support, so they are forced to focus on the regions where they have a chance. Ceding Japan to Nintendo is financially more reasonable than engaging in an uphill battle they can't win. Microsoft realized the same thing after the first half of the Xbox 360's lifecycle.

Plus I think US is actually more biased towards buying Xbox's, than Europe is towards buying Playstation.

This gen, if Xbox had done a fantastic job, but Sony had flopped all over (with games, and hardware, and policies) the way xbox did this gen, things would be dire for Playstation 4, even in europe.

Thus I dont think its wrong that Sony tries to focus their strengths to the region where they do best.
Its like their protecting their base, so that it stays healthy in future.

I do not think people i  the US are biad towars buying XBox.  Maybe with the 360, sure that much is a given.  But until the Switch came out, the PS4 was selling most in the US most of the time.

In Europe on the other hand, it would appear that Playstation is WAAAAAY ahead of the XBox brand.  With that in mind, EU seems to be heavily bias toward Playstation.  X1 lost a lot of traction in EU, but they really did not even have much more last gen than they do now as the EU and Japanese market is the sole reason the PS3 made a comeback to pass 360 in lifetime sales by the end of the generation.  Nintendo has a healthy presence in EU, much better than MS, with the Switch but even then they are the underdog in that market.



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ClassicGamingWizzz said:
BraLoD said:

I think he got another interpretation of your post.

I understand you were talking about working too much/hard but the expression you used phrased the way you did made it also sound like you were talking about suicide. That was what crossed my mind first, before getting what you actually meant to say.

We here use a lot this expression " i/you are killing myself/yourself working that Much"

Maibe you and him read my comment and got : "why would Sony CARE about japanese when they ONLY work until decide to kill themselfs" ?

Bah, not my intention at all. 🤷

We have this expression here too: Está se matando de tanto trabalhar. Which means working too much/hard, more than should be.

I know what you meant, I told you that, but sadly the other meaning crossed my mind and did it first.

Was just trying to point it out to you, sadly the way you worded it in your phrase gave it room for both understantings.

Not blaming you either, again, I know what you meant.



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TheMisterManGuy said:

For the most part, PlayStation as a brand for the PS1 and PS2, was distinctly Japanese with many of its well known titles being third party games from Japanese developers, and a fair share of first party games were also Japanese such as the Ape Escape series and Team Ico games. This echoed the Japanese origins of the company behind it, Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc., which was headquartered within Sony's main Tokyo offices at the time. But starting with the PlayStation 3, things were changing. Microsoft helped revolutionize the market with its focus on Online services and Western AAA titles in the Xbox 360. With the PlayStation 3 struggling, Sony needed to combat it by moving PlayStation towards a more western focused direction. It started with SCE placing more focus on its western studios like Naughty Dog and Santa Monica. Then by bringing in Mark Cerny to architect what would be known as the PlayStation 4, and by making a bunch of deals with western third parties for exclusive content in multi-platform titles. This all culminated into Sony's decision to merge Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment, into Sony Interactive Entertainment, and relocate the whole division to San Mateo, California, under the oversight of Sony Corporation of America.

The only thing that PlayStation has Japan related now, is the fact that they have a studio in Tokyo. I get Sony's need to make PlayStation more a more western-oriented brand in order to keep up with Microsoft, and in a lot of ways, that's a good thing. But do you think that Sony may have went too far in that direction? And if so, should Sony move SIE back to its original home in Tokyo?

 Westerners in high consumption and highly industrialized nations buy more games, so Sony wants to make money.



I'm not sure I entirely agree with it. The Japanese centric games and Eastern developed games are still there.

Yakuza series
Fist of the north star
Judgement eyes
Steinsgate
FF
SotC remake
Tekken
Street Fighter
SNK
King of Fighters
Blaze Blue
Tons of anime games
Dragon quest games
Musou games
Last Guardian
Atelier games
Gal Gun games
Rez Infinite
MHW
Akibas beat games
Earth defense force
Onichibara games

There is plenty out there, its just that most of the Japanese games are considered niche and don't have the big marketing budgets.

Look how long it has taken for the west to acknowledge the Yakuza games and although Resident Evil 7 was by far the best RE game since 4, but it didn't perform as well as RE5 which was more western.

We've even had Tetris remade, Monster Boy, streets of Rage coming soon, Nier Automata was one of the best games this gen and then we also had Bloodborne and Nioh.

I think considering how big the sales are outside of Japan compared to in Japan, I think the PS4 is doing pretty well in providing games made in Japan, Japan centric games and niche games.



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