Japanese game makers invade GDC ’08

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You already know that Nintendo and Square Enix are bringing Japanese producers, developers and team leaders to the 2008 Game Developer’s Conference. Now we get word that even more talent from Japan is on the way, and it seems that translation services are being stepped up as well.

Gamesindustry.biz says that more from the Final Fantasy camp will be in attendance. Technical research manager Taku Murata will be there to talk about Final Fantasy XIII’s new game engine, while art director Isamu Kamikokuryo will talk about its art style. Hopefully we’ll get to see a bit more on the title there.

I was excited to hear of a session from game music composer Masafumi Takada. He has worked on Goichi Suda titles like Killer 7 and No More Heroes, as well as God Hand, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He doesn’t know it yet, but he will be signing my God Hand game.

Other Japanese attendees include Ray Nakazato, who will talk about Lost Odyssey, and Yoshiki Okamoto, CEO of Game Republic and creator of Time Pilot and Street Fighter II

GDC will now host dual wireless translation services in the hopes to widen the Japanese audience at the event.  

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