Assassin's Creed dev: Journalists have Japanese bias
Alexander Hutchinson calls journalists' behaviour 'subtle racism'
The press is too soft on Japanese developers, claims the creative director of Assassin's Creed III.
Alexander Hutchinson feels elements of Japan-made games, particularly their narratives, are often flawed but regularly forgiven.
“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,” he told CVG in an interview.
Hutchinson went on to say that the alleged preferential treatment that Japanese developers receive is “condescending”, as all developers should be treated equally.
He explained: “Just think about how many Japanese games are released where their stories are literally gibberish. Literally gibberish. There’s no way [a western developer] could write it with a straight face, and the journalists say ‘oh, it is brilliant’.