Thanks to Game Science for their second article, following yesterday's first part
, discussing Japanese game developer expectations for 2004
, as relayed via a survey in Famitsu
magazine. Of 100 developers surveyed, 25 thought things would improve in 2004, suggesting "new hardware will spur the market on, [and] big hits like FFXII and GT4 will be released"
, but 32 expected no change, saying "makers and shops will struggle to get by, [and] it will be a tough year for small companies."
Hints of the Japanese games slump in 2003 came from survey results in which a clear majority considered it a 'bad year', pointing out "companies like Digicube went bankrupt... [and] the market got smaller."
Finally, of those Japanese developers surveyed, 52 were planning to concentrate on PlayStation 2 in 2004, compared with 24 on PC, 15 on PSP, 11 on GameCube, and just 7 on Xbox.