Top Japanese Developers List their E3 2016 Games of Show: Zelda, Days Gone, Horizon: Zero Dawn and More

on July 13, 2016 3:51 PM

The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu had an interesting spread on E3 2016, where top Japanese developers were asked to list the games or announcements that impressed them the most during the trade show.

You can read the full list of mentions below:

  • Norihisa Kochiwa (Compile Heart Producer): NieR: Automata.
  • Takuma Endo (Acquire President): Days Gone, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
  • Kota Takano (Akiba’s Beat Director): Days Gone, Scalebound, Resident Evil 7.
  • Yasuyuki oda (The King of Fighters XIV Director): Watch Dogs 2
  • Motohide Eshiro (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Spirit of Justice Producer): PlayStation VR, Resident Evil 7 in VR.
  • Goichi Suda (Grasshopper Manufacture CEO): The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
  • Masachika Kawata (Resident Evil 7 Producer): PlayStation VR, Project Scorpio, God of War, Detroit: Become Human, Days Gone, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
  • Daizo Nonaka (Sengoku Basara: Sanada Yukimura Den Producer): Cuphead.
  • Minao Matsukawa (Dragon’s Dogma Online Prodicer): Final Fantasy XV, Final Fantasy XV VR Experience.
  • Kazuki Morishita (GungHo Online Entertainment President): The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
  • Yosuke Saito (NieR: Automata Producer): Horizon: Zero Dawn.
  • Hiroshi Matsuyama (CyberConnect 2 President): Horizon: Zero Dawn, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
  • Yosuke Hayashi (Dead or Alive Producer): The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
  • Shinji Hashimoto (Final Fantasy Producer): The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
  • Hajime Tabata (Final Fantasy XV Director): Sony’s press conference, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, God of War, Spider-Man, New Xbox hardware.
  • Horiyoshi Fujimoto (Dragon Quest Builders Producer): The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Detroit: Become Human.
  • Tai Yasue (Kingdom Hearts III Co-Director): Sony’s press conference.
  • Toshihiro Nagoshi (Yakuza Series Producer): Maturity of PS4 and Xbox One and quality of the western games as a whole.
  • Keiichiro Toyama (Gravity Rush 2 Director): ABZÛ, Bound.
  • Masaaki Yamagiwa (Bloodborne Producer): VR in general.
  • Nobuyuki Okajima (D3 Publisher Producer): The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, God of War, Gears of War 4.
  • Kazutoki Kono (Ace Combat 7 Producer): Mid-generation console upgrades.
  • Katsuhiro Harada (Tekken 7 Produceer): VR in general.
  • Jun Tamaoki (Summer Lessons Producer): Battlefield 1, Days Gone.
  • Atsushi Inaba (PlatinumGames Producer): Sony’s press conference, especially Days Gone.
  • Hideki Kamiya (Scalebound Director): Forza Horizon 3, Resident Evil 7.
  • Kenji Saito (Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Director): Horizon: Zero Dawn, Days Gone.
  • Takahisa Taura (NieR: Automata Game Director): VR in general.
  • Yosuke Hashimoto (Bayonetta 2 Director): ABZÛ.
  • Masaki Yamanaka (PlatinumGames Designer): Days Gone.
  • Masashi Inoue (Xbox Japan Marketing Manager): New Xbox Hardware, Xbox Play Anywhere.
  • Yoshifumi Hashimoto (Marvelous Producer): The Unspoken (Insomniac Games), God of War, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
  • Taro Yoko (NieR: Automata Creative Director): The Last Guardian’s Release Date, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Horizon: Zero Dawn.

Unsurprisingly, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild left quite an impression among many of the developers questioned. Horizon: Zero Dawn also got quite a few mentions.

Interestingly, Days Gone seems to have received a milder welcome by the western media, but it appears to be very popular among many of the developers interviewed by Famitsu, that praised its visuals, the large number of zomb… ahem… Freakers on screen and more.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.