Veteran video game producer Tak Fujii has left Konami after 20 years at the Japanese company.
The Konami producer of N3: Ninety-Nine Nights II has had his say on supposed decline of the Japanese video game industry.
The problem is one of expectation. Players assume that Dynasty Warriors and its impersonators - of which Ninety-Nine Nights II is one - have to behave realistically.
Not in the sense that they will recreate the bleak and bloody realities of the ancient battlefield without embellishment. After all, this is a videogame and the spectacle of bodies cartwheeling into the air as you guide your spinning top of a warrior through insurmountable odds is to be expected. A thousand Bushido Blade face-offs per mission would be a grim, tiresome prospect for even the most ardent fan of historical authenticity.
No, realistic in the sense that the endless waves of soldiers coming at you are expected to behave like, well, soldiers. Because, if you allow your character a moment's respite during the action, then the hundred or so enemy soldiers around him will shuffle awkwardly, perhaps taking an infrequent, uninterested stab at him, but rarely causing anything like the sort of threat that their bulk and number suggests. Stop moving and the illusion breaks, revealing just how low the stakes of each encounter really are. The result for many players is disappointment. Why should I care about the enemy if they don't care about me?
Got problems but this witch ain't one.
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Update: Konami has told Eurogamer that it is looking at a European Ninety-Nine Nights II release in September.
Much has changed since 99 Nights - all of it good.
Well, that thing's going to give us nightmares.
Konami has announced that it will publish Xbox 360 action game Ninety-Nine Nights II in Europe this spring.
The sequel to Xbox 360 action epic Ninety-Nine Nights will be released in Japan this spring.
Microsoft has announced Konami as the publisher of Xbox 360 exclusive Ninety-Nine Nights 2.
Q Entertainment has said that Xbox 360 exclusive Ninety-Nine Nights 2 will be released in Japan before the end of the year.
Microsoft has unveiled a sequel to Xbox 360 hackandslash Ninety-Nine Nights.