Suda’s new project is coming at a time when Japanese games seem to be enjoying a resurgence of popularity worldwide. His take on this is that Japanese creators have become more comfortable with their games having a unique flavor, and that players are responding to that.


“There are a lot of games that try to bite off the Western style of games, and those tend to not work out really well,” he said. “But games like Persona, Final Fantasy, The Last Guardian… those games really have their own personality. They take on new challenges but they also retain their own sense of self.”

“I feel that, more than ‘Japan has come back,’ I feel that maybe gamers have come back to remember that.”