[#Throwback Thursday] Toshihiro Kondo in 4gamer’s End of 2016 Interviews

In going through some old posts that I never finished, I’ve found a couple of them that should be posted, regardless of how old they are. So I have posted this one, and set the other to be part of a ‘Throwback Thursday’ thing! Please enjoy! Everything past this point is what I had written originally on the post back in December 2016.

Additional comments: Part of the reason why I hadn’t posted this in the past is simply my intention to stay away from particular political subjects, as Kondo does bring up something that is very divisive in his interview.

4gamer.net has released a massive article with a four questions asked to 143 game developers and publishers in Japan, regarding the past year, and the future.

Falcom’s president, Toshihiro Kondo, was involved in this interview series.

Question 1: Of the games released in 2016, which was the most well-done (or possibly the most shocking) title?

Title: Persona 5
I had also enjoyed 3 and 4, but if I had to make a statement about them, it would be based on their conscientious quality in terms of the production costs and production management. But this time around, it feels like that they had those limitations removed, and were able to accelerate full throttle [into its development].

But when I was playing the game, despite it having a large amount of content, it feels like it did not lose that conscientious feel to it and that there was no need to question the drive to push forward in the game.

As a user, it felt like a luxury to get to play it.

Question 2: What title in entertainment media that was announced or released in 2016 left the strongest impression with you?

It’s the movie In This Corner of the World.
I went to see it at the movie theater next door after the Kiseki scenario staff were giving rave reviews for the movie.
For the first 20 minutes, I was wondering if the high praise from the other employees was a joke, but I was pulled in through the conscientious telling of the heroine’s life during wartime.

This war movie returned to the City of Kure with a unique perspective, and its impressive story tells to that most important thing are the people close to you.

Question 3: What individual have you been personally paying attention to in 2016?
Would it be cliche to say President Elect Donald Trump? It makes you wonder about the turning point ahead of us.

Question 4: What are your aspirations for 2017, and what would you have as a message to 4gamer.net readers?

In 2017, we will be releasing our recent Ys VIII -Lacrimosa of Dana- and the new The Legend of Heroes Sen no Kiseki III to PlayStation 4.

While waiting for Ys VIII on the PS4, we are quickly working to show you the additional contents and action that were not possible on the PlayStation Vita.

Regarding Sen no Kiseki III, we are striving to move forward on this title, which will be the turning point for the whole series and the climax of the Erebonia story.

We are striving to do our best, as you wait for whichever title you are anticipating for the PS4.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana Screenshots

Sen no Kiseki III Screenshots

[ 4gamer.net ]

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