Culture Shock: The Mythical Resurgence of Japanese Games
Looking back to why the West proclaims a comeback for the East
by Samuel Wiener - June 15, 2017
I propose we call 2017 “The Year All (Dev) Hell Broke Loose.” Since early December 2016, we’ve seen The Last Guardian, Final Fantasy XV, Gravity Rush 2, Resident Evil 7, Persona 5, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, NieR: Automata, Nioh, and several others I’m likely forgetting have released within weeks of each other. Later in the year, we’ll be seeing ARMS, Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey, Sonic Forces, and The Evil Within 2.
It’s a beautiful explosion of titles, but also the result of numerous delays. Resident Evil 7 is the only game in that list that came out on it’s originally planned date; everything else just happened to come out the oven at the same time. Many people believe that there’s a “resurgence” of Japanese games, that “Japan is back,” but why are we using coincidences and timing to support this?