Keiji Inafune To Release A Social Game, Maybe PlayStation 3 RPG This Year

By Ishaan . May 25, 2011 . 6:12am

Speaking in a recent interview with Bloomberg, Keiji Inafune of ex-Capcom fame says that he plans to release a social game for the Japanese market as early as this month. In addition to this game, he also plans to release a role-playing game for the PlayStation 3 in August.


Note that there’s a slight possibility that Bloomberg are mistaking Compile Heart’s upcoming Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk-2 — which is slated for an August 18th release in Japan — as a game designed by Inafune. Inafune has been helping promote the game and is making a cameo appearance in it as well.


Inafune announced his resignation from Capcom in October of last year, stating that he felt he could not grow any further at the company, owing to the fact that it would not allow him on its board of directors, as he was a developer, and not someone with a business background.


“In this industry, it’s often the creators who have the eye for potential hits but they’re not the ones deciding what gets published,” Inafune told Bloomberg. “We’ll see many more clashes as creator- management divides widen.”


At present, Inafune runs two companies of his own — Comcept and Intercept.

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  • A social game? Yeesh, way to make me flacid, Inafune.

    • I don’t know if I should be sad or disturbed by your comment.

  • z_merquise

    Man, just looking at those screenshots gives me the creeps. Especially the 2nd one. I mean, just look at that! If the sky suddenly darkened then follow that by a huge roar of lightning and you see a gigantic face of someone firing a huge laser cannon from his mouth, won’t you be scared?

    But seriously, I hope Inafune finally announce a new game from his company. Also, does he only let Compile Heart used his likeness for the game or was he also serve as an advisor in the game’s development? I’m hoping for the latter because small developers like Compile Heart can really learn a lot from a veteran producer/developer like Inafune.

    • There hasn’t been any mention of Inafune advising Compile Heart on development as far as I’m aware. He’s helping promote it, and he’s got his crazy cameo in the game. I agree, though; smaller developers could certainly benefit from advice from more experienced ones. :)

      • I bet that if he was advising probably this game would have got better production values at least.
        I still hope for this to be a good game

        • Joanna

          Not necessarily. After all, the budget for Neptunia Mk2 is what it is and Inafune won’t be able to change that unless it were a joint project between his new company and Compile Heart. He can still give them advice but that advice would have to be taken within the confines of the budget; i.e. design choices could be implemented from his advice (like making a dungeon layout he had suggested or altering certain battle mechanics) but the production values would remain within the confines of what CH can afford.

  • malek86

    Are we gonna get that nightmarish picture every time a story about Inafune pops up?

    • Phlo

      I hope so!

  • As someone who appreciates creative freedom to a very high degree, I feel bad for thinking Inafune’s step down was an utterly selfish and ill-advised move.
    It’s mainly my fault for not doing enough studying, and not fully understanding why he did it, but I still feel pretty bad…
    A-anyway! I’m glad to see that he’s got future plans, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what he’s able to do now that he’s got some breathing room (apparently?).

  • You cant help but love those screens can you Ishaan?

    • I’m going to use that Nova screen EVERYWHERE!

  • Social game? No thanks. PS3 RPG? Hope it doesn’t have “western touches”.

    • puchinri

      Supposing it is not indeed Neptune MK-2. But this so much.

      • Joanna

        Yeah, I think it is Neptunia/Neptune Mk-2. How could he make a PS3 game so fast with no previous assets?! (Maybe he really is a god….)

        • puchinri

          Yeah, that’s what I was thinking. (Lol, that would be kinda scary. I say we keep Asura around in case he starts abusing his powers if that was the case?)

    • malek86

      I actually wouldn’t mind a RPG with western touches. I just finished playing The Witcher, and thought that while it was definitely a WRPG (multiple paths, customized character progression, open quests…), it also had many features that would feel right at home in a JRPG (big emphasis on story, relatively small world, alchemy…).

      I’d like to see something similar from a japanese developer now. I think we would get something new, if they tried inserting some features from WRPGs.

      • No, I don’t mean it that way. I’m all for good western games and if a developer can manage to mix elements of both JRPGs and WRPGs and get positive results, that’d be great. Innovation is what people want, isn’t it?

        The so-called “western touches” (Not western touches) tend to abandon a large majority of elements that’s even slightly Eastern, and tries to appeal to an audience that has little interest in the first place. Recent Capcom games, and Bamco (Until they commented on their change of direction in Febuary) comes to mind.

        • Testsubject909

          More of a “I hope they don’t lose their identity, charm and flair and rather then imitate blindly, that they attempt to make a proper combination and fusion of their culture to our style rather then attempting to imitate our style with what they view of other cultural interests via their culture’s misunderstandings of ours.”

          Or something along those lines.

      • Phlo

        The Etrian Odyssey series is a good example of this done right.

    • Don’t believe that just because a JPN game has a western touch doesn’t mean it’s bad. The developers just need to do it right (unlike Feelplus with Mindjack). I don’t think there’s ever been a RPG with a western touch though other than Dead Rising or maybe FFXIII. That’s a good thing, but it’s also bad.

  • eilegz

    more games and less talk inafune san…

  • HarryHodd

    I’ll take all the PS3 RPGs I can get but it must be Netpune mk2, right?

    I hope not though.

  • did anyone else besides me thought that he had an interview with New York’s mayor Bloomberg

  • Aoto

    why no wester’n touches?

    demon souls was absolutely great for me and im sure dark souls will be too.

    and these games aren’t something you could call a”pure-Jrpg”

    and if they just take the good wester’n aspects of rpg like a big open-world, a realtime-battle-system and….uhm….like…the possibility to raise your attributes the way YOU want (like in DS or a lot of west-rpgs)

    but the design isn’t something that should have a western-touch…

    okayy, enough about my dream-rpg

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