Assassin's Creed 3 Director Says Japanese Games Get a Free Pass

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Alex Hutchinson, the creative director of Assassin's Creed 3, thinks he knows why Nintendo can get away with releasing new versions of old franchises. It might not be the answer you expect.

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After Hutchinson compared AC to other well known franchises, Mario and Resident Evil, website CVG asked the creative director why Nintendo can release a new version of its franchises every year and nobody says anything. Here's what Hutchinson said:

You want my real answer? I think there's a subtle racism in the business, especially on the journalists' side, where Japanese developers are forgiven for doing what they do. I think it's condescending to do this.

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After CVG asked him if he was being serious, the developer continued:

Yeah. Just think about how many Japanese games are released where their stories are literally gibberish. Literally gibberish. There's no way you could write it with a straight face, and the journalists say, 'Oh it is brilliant'.

Then Gears of War comes out and apparently it's the worst written narrative in a game ever. I'll take Gears of War over Bayonetta any time.

It's patronizing to say, "Oh those Japanese stories, they don't really mean what they're doing".

For the past several years haven't people been bashing Japanese games? And if they are not doing that, they've been saying that the Japanese game industry's dominance is finished and that Western games—games like Assassin's Creed and Mass Effect—are better, no? Also, wasn't it a Dead Space developer who called Gears of War "literally the worst writing in games"? What am I missing?

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Everyone's entitled to their own opinion, but I think this one is fucking idiotic. The reason Nintendo can release new versions of its franchises every year and nobody says anything is because every main Mario, Zelda and Pokémon game is fantastic. Why should they be "forgiven for doing what they do", when what they do is provide brilliant gameplay without feeling the need to completely rip up the rule book every time? Super Mario 3D Land is one of the finest handheld games I've played in years.

The stupid thing is that Ubisoft releases an Assassin's Creed every year and nobody says anything about that either, because they're fantastic too. So I don't know where this imaginary "racism" comes from because from what I can see, if anything, Assassin's Creed sequels get less criticism online than Nintendo's games.