We all know how well the Switch is selling these days, and with a healthy userbase comes the promise of increased software support - so it's nice to hear that Kadokawa Games has bigger plans for Nintendo's console over the next few years.
Speaking to DualShockers, Kadokawa President Yoshimi Yasuda explains that he wants to bring more titles to the platform - a platform he sees as having a very positive influence on the games industry as a whole.
DualShockers: Are there any other games in your past catalog that you’d like to release on Steam or Nintendo Switch?
Yoshimi Yasuda: About Steam, yes, we’re certainly evaluating how to approach the platform more actively. News about that will come very soon. About Switch, as a Producer yes. I want to reach as many gamers as possible, so I plan to release all of my games on Switch. As for the games handled by other Producers, I’ll let them make that call.
DS: Until a couple of years ago, PS4 was pretty much the dominating platform in the Japanese market. Then the Switch appeared, and things are much less one-sided. Yet, when the PS4 was still dominating, the console market was a bit sluggish. Now, after the release of the Switch, the market seems to have been revived, and this seems to have benefited the PS4 as well. Sony and Nintendo appear to be rivals, but also indirectly helping each other. From the point of view of someone who makes games, how do you think the Switch influenced the whole market in Japan?
YY: I’ve been working here for fifteen years, and I always watched these two companies and held relationships with them. I think the users really care about these platforms, and the quality of their products surely helped the market.
As you said, I think that the release of the Switch absolutely had a positive influence on the market. It revived the market because now it’s full of good products. At the end of the day, it’s all about good games.
Kadokawa recently released God Wars on Switch - what other titles would you like to see come to the console in the fullness of time?