Monolith Soft’s upcoming Wii U title Xenoblade Chronicles X does things many wouldn’t expect for a JRPG. The game allows players to create an avatar that they can take out questing in a seamless open world. While many of the mechanics of X seem to have been drawn from Western RPGs, director and studio head Tetsuya Takahashi says that isn’t necessarily the case.
“I do have the opportunity once in a while to play some games that were developed in North America or Europe,” explains Takahashi to Game Informer. “I guess it’s maybe not the best way to say that ‘I’m inspired by them,’ as I ‘take the time to inspect them.'” Takahashi says he researches as many games as he can in this way, playing most of them only up until around their eighth hour “just to get a sense of what the game systems are all about.” One such game he cites is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which he is currently trying out.
Source: Game Informer