El Shaddai director refuses to follow Western ways

While many Japanese developers are desperately trying to appeal to Western gamers, El Shaddai director Takeyasu Sawaki refuses the follow the current trend and plans create a game that “only Japanese people can make.” FACE!

“As a Japanese creator, I want to make something that only Japanese people can make. I don’t want to follow the European people’s way,” he says, which is pretty much what I stated in the first paragraph. 

Nevertheless, Sawaki wants to appeal to as wide an audience as possible, and believes he knows a thing or two about us fork-tongued roundeyes: “… And I think, for example, Americans, or English people, are very straightforward, and they insist their opinions as much as they can. I think that’s very different from the Japanese.”

I hope Sawaki doesn’t mind that I insist my own opinion and say that El Shaddai is looking incredibly hot. I actually have a thing for adapted Bible stories, especially the obscure stuff, and the visuals are fantastic. I think El Shaddai has all the makings of a cult classic, regardless of whether or not it’s a “Japanese” game. 

El Shaddai Director ‘Doesn’t Want To Follow’ Western Ways [Gamasutra]

While many Japanese developers are desperately trying to appeal to Western gamers, El Shaddai director Takeyasu Sawaki refuses the follow the current trend and plans create a game that “only Japanese people can make.” FACE!

“As a Japanese creator, I want to make something that only Japanese people can make. I don’t want to follow the European people’s way,” he says, which is pretty much what I stated in the first paragraph. 

Nevertheless, Sawaki wants to appeal to as wide an audience as possible, and believes he knows a thing or two about us fork-tongued roundeyes: “… And I think, for example, Americans, or English people, are very straightforward, and they insist their opinions as much as they can. I think that’s very different from the Japanese.”

I hope Sawaki doesn’t mind that I insist my own opinion and say that El Shaddai is looking incredibly hot. I actually have a thing for adapted Bible stories, especially the obscure stuff, and the visuals are fantastic. I think El Shaddai has all the makings of a cult classic, regardless of whether or not it’s a “Japanese” game. 

El Shaddai Director ‘Doesn’t Want To Follow’ Western Ways [Gamasutra]

Jim Sterling