Namco Bandai shifts development focus back to Japan

One of the hot topics for 2010 in our industry has been the decline of Japanese gaming. Most publishers are shifting focus to the west where the money seems to be these days. Namco Bandai is bucking that trend though; after disappointing sales from western titles like Enslaved: Odyssey to the West the company are shifting focus back to Japanese development.

Company President, Shukuo Ishikawa explained the change: “We found the quality and development speed of titles made for us by the overseas studios to be lacking. Foreign studios can still propose and develop games, but our Japanese staff will control the process more closely.”

What does this mean for the future of Ninja Theory’s Enslaved among other games under the publisher’s command?