RPGs made in Japan have been roundly criticized of late by many in the West and many think changes need to be made in order to achieve worldwide success. A prominent developer has come out and agreed with this sentiment: Final Fantasy creator Hinorobu Sakaguchi.

Speaking with Nintendo President Satoru Iwata and Xenoblade director Tetsuya Takahashi, Sakaguchi said that the use of conventions that have been around for decades holds JRPGs back on the world stage. “Because of this, RPGs need a change,” he said.

However, Sakaguchi did note that JRPGs are good at expressing feelings and detail, something that he says needs to be retained. Sakaguchi’s latest game, The Last Story, is releasing January 27 in Japan but is not confirmed for release outside that country.

Source: Official Nintendo Magazine