Akira Yamaoka, the Producer and composer of Konami’s forthcoming Silent Hill 5 has said he believes that the future of Japanese game development is in trouble following his experience in working with American studio, The Collective.
Speaking with Game Development Magazine, Yamaoka, who has worked on numerous instalments in the Silent Hill franchise, said that “Japan is in trouble”, before elaborating on western firms, insisting, "They're very advanced”.
"There are of course advantages and disadvantages, but overall, I'm really impressed with the American staff and their technology," he offered. "Their graphical and technical ability is amazing. There's a huge leap, actually."
Indeed, Yamaoka feels that Japan’s development industry is slowly falling behind its western counterparts on a technical basis: "I look at what American developers are doing and I think wow... Japan is in trouble," he said.
Silent Hill 5 is due out on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 some time in 2008.