Monolith Soft, the developer behind Xenoblade Chronicles, has built a new studio in Kyoto, Japan so it can be closer to Nintendo. It is now in the process of developing a Wii U game that was briefly teased during a recent Nintendo Direct.
Speaking in an internal interview series, translated by Siliconera, the company revealed that many of its staffers had concerns about the idea of moving to Kyoto, but that all of these worries had now dissolved. It appears the developer is quite happy in its new home and says that meetings with Nintendo have increased drastically since the move.
Monolith Soft has been in Kyoto now for about a year, and Nintendo has been actively consulting on its work and has consistently provided feedback with ideas on how to make things better. The developer said it was amazed by Nintendo’s ability to work together as a team, and believes it’s a major asset to producing quality games. Seeing this teamwork has inspired Monolith Soft to bring the same culture to its own development practices.
Designer, Shoko Fukuchi, says that the developer now makes people feel included by doing things like asking programmers for ideas - something that did not happen in the past.
Monolith Soft says it now has a new outlook when developing games. The team at the studio are working closer together not only as co-workers, but as a family with the common goal of developing fantastic games.
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