Platinum Game’s Yoko Taro, who is also the director of Nier: Automata is an excellent game developer that needs minimal introduction, having portfolios that span back to the Time Crisis II and Alphine Racer 2 era. After decades of working on video games, you would think that maybe Yoko would be very impressed with either The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or even Mario Odyssey.
But speaking with 4gamer and translated by Siliconera, it turns out that Yoko is most impressed by Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp this year instead. The game director then go on to praise the game’s social framework, and endless stream of content that gets progressively harder as he continues playing.
Of the games released in 2017, which title were you most impressed (or shocked) by?
Title: Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
Yoko Taro: I’ve been telling everyone, but Animal Crossing’s latest title on smartphone is amazing. It is missing various functions from the 3DS version, but to make up for it, the framework is made for a social game and I can’t get enough of the the gentle characters. As I level higher, the number of offerings the animals demand casually keeps increasing, so I think the sense of fear that comes from wondering “If these animals’ requests become extreme then what will they demand from me!?” is part of its good spice. I’m already trembling while waiting for the moment I lose myself and become impoverished in the social game world that never ends.
Great to hear that even mobile games such as Animal Crossing gets its praises sung and appreciated. If you want to see what Yoko thinks about 2017 and the upcoming 2018, you can head on to Siliconera here.