In the past couple of decades, Japanese games saw that a return to critical acclaim, and a series of releases that charmed not just the typical niche fanbase, but a much wider audience.
Games like Persona 5, NieR: Automata, NiOh, the Yakuza series, and much more reawakened in many the love for the Western evolution culture colored by awesome stories, and complex characters that are frequently missing or much more diluted at the west.
Today the YouTube channel Archipel, that you possibly know for the Toco Toco series of short documentaries/interviews, published a longer-form movie titled Ebb and Flow – Conversations about the current downturn of Japanese games.
The movie features many well-known developers including NieR: Automata‘s Yoko Taro, Yakuza‘s Toshihiro Nagoshi, NiOh‘s Fumihiko Yasuda, Gravity Rush‘s Keiichiro Toyama, Persona 5‘s Katsura Hashino, and much more as they describe their views on Japanese evolution and about the games that charmed the viewers worldwide.
You can take a look below.