CyberConnect2 CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama recently answered some fan questions about their various projects, and one of the topics covered was the development of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4. In the discussion, Matsuyama talks about some of the struggles that came up during the game's development, including budget issues. Check out his comments below.
“The development for Storm 3 was also hard. Even though it technically shouldn’t happen after 25 years, every year feels like our biggest battle yet. And as we break our previous records, it isn’t getting easier at all. Every year is hard.
So, looking back at Storm 4, there isn’t really much we could have done better. We were able to do everything that had to be done. That’s the reason why it took so long, why we got behind schedule. It’s also why we exceeded budget and ended up causing trouble to Bandai Namco Entertainment – why we ended up getting the publisher angry and ended up inconveniencing everyone. The result, nevertheless, was still a pretty good game.
It would be wrong to say that everything went alright though. Thankfully, many people helped and supported us. We are able to continue to develop games every day.”