PlatinumGames’ Atsushi Inaba Underwhelmed by Next-Gen
According to the studio head of PlatinumGames, Atsushi Inaba, next-gen consoles are underwhelming so far. While Inaba admits that some of the announcements have been interesting, the head of PlatinumGames claims that the leap in technology isn’t as big as previous generations. He references previous generations moving from 2D sprites to 3D polygons to prove his point and claimed that fans at the time were less prepared for the drastic increase in visuals than fans today are prepared for what the PS5 and Xbox Series X have to offer next to the PS4 and Xbox One. PlatinumGames’ Wonderful 101: Remastered is available for PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC right now.
“If you think back to the generation between Super Nintendo and PlayStation, and how we went from pixel art to 3D polygons,” said Atsushi Inaba. “Nobody could have ever imagined that a few years prior. When that stuff started coming out people were just blown away: they weren’t ready for it, they weren’t anticipating it… it was just so new. Whereas I feel that the announcements that we’ve had for recent consoles generations, while all good and interesting and of course I’m happy for us as developers to have better technology to work on… it’s a ‘perceivable’ future.”
“There’s not the extreme surprise or the unexpected quality that I felt from the leap to previous consoles,” continued Atsushi Inaba. “Now I see the announcements and I think, ‘oh, that’s cool’ and then the next minute I think, ‘hmmm… what should I watch on Netflix tonight?’ But that’s just my personal opinion. As an industry, it’s all very promising and I don’t want to be perceived as too negative. But to give another example of my point, the Nintendo Switch was very ground-breaking in how it was able to just to take a home console and make it portable. It’s something that you hadn’t seen a lot of people doing before: it took this wall, that perhaps a lot of people didn’t know even existed, and broke it down.”
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