Another big player in the Japanese industry has spoken up about their growing interest in the Switch’s success.
In a recent DualShockers (DS) interview, Kadokawa President Yoshimi Yasuda (YY) cited his intent to release more of Kadokawa’s titles for the hybrid system. Additionally, he praised the Switch for introducing more ‘good products’ to the market.
Check out the interview excerpt below:
DS: Are there any other games in your past catalog that you’d like to release on Steam or Nintendo Switch?
YY: About Steam, yes, we’re certainly evaluating how to approach the platform more actively. News about that will come very soon. About Switch, as a Producer yes. I want to reach as many gamers as possible, so I plan to release all of my games on Switch. As for the games handled by other Producers, I’ll let them make that call.
DS: Until a couple of years ago, PS4 was pretty much the dominating platform in the Japanese market. Then the Switch appeared, and things are much less one-sided. Yet, when the PS4 was still dominating, the console market was a bit sluggish. Now, after the release of the Switch, the market seems to have been revived, and this seems to have benefited the PS4 as well. Sony and Nintendo appear to be rivals, but also indirectly helping each other. From the point of view of someone who makes games, how do you think the Switch influenced the whole market in Japan?
YY: I’ve been working here for fifteen years, and I always watched these two companies and held relationships with them. I think the users really care about these platforms, and the quality of their products surely helped the market. As you said, I think that the release of the Switch absolutely had a positive influence on the market. It revived the market because now it’s full of good products. At the end of the day, it’s all about good games.
Overall, it looks like Kadokawa Games has more in store for Switch owners! Let’s hope we here about some grade-A projects from the publisher soon.