Platinum Games

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PlatinumGames Inc.
プラチナゲームズ株式会社
Type Private
Industry Computer and video games
Interactive entertainment
Founded August 1, 2006
Headquarters Osaka, Japan
Key people Tatsuya Minami (president)
Atsushi Inaba
Shinji Mikami
Hideki Kamiya
Nao Ueda
Products Bayonetta series
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
The Wonderful 101
Employees 171[1]
Website platinumgames.co.jp
platinumgames.com

PlatinumGames Inc. (プラチナゲームズ株式会社 Purachina Gēmuzu Kabushiki Gaisha?) is a Japan-based independent video game development company. It was founded under the name Seeds, Inc. on August 1, 2006 by Shinji Mikami, Atsushi Inaba and Hideki Kamiya, the former key members of Capcom's Clover Studio and still retains many other former members of the studio.[2]

History[edit]

Clover Studio was responsible for many critically acclaimed titles such as Viewtiful Joe and Ōkami. In October 2006, the Capcom Board of Directors decided to shut down[3] and succeed in March 2007 and all original Clover IPs (Viewtiful Joe, Ōkami and God Hand) remained with Capcom.

The company merged with ODD Incorporated in October 2007. In May 2008, Platinum Games announced a four game deal with Sega. The games involved in the development and publishing deal included Bayonetta, a "stylish action game" for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 directed by Hideki Kamiya and featuring "a witch battling angels", a science-fiction RPG for the Nintendo DS called Infinite Space, and MadWorld, an "ultra ultra violent" action game for the Wii with black and white Sin City-inspired graphics.[4] The fourth title, Vanquish, directed by Shinji Mikami, was released October 19, 2010. Mikami has since announced his departure from Platinum Games to form his own development studio, Tango Gameworks, that was subsequently acquired by ZeniMax Media.[5] Atsushi Inaba stated that the "partnership has been great" and expressed his gratitude for allowing the company "maximum freedom" in development.

In October 2010, Atsushi Inaba mentioned that the company was in talks to extend their partnership with Sega. In the following December, Sega of America vice president of sales and marketing Alan Pritchard confirmed that a fifth game had been added to the development contract, but did not announce any other details on the game.[6] The title was revealed in January 2011 to be Anarchy Reigns (Max Anarchy in Japan), a "massively multi-player beat-em-up" scheduled for release in July 2012.[7] At the Spike Video Game Awards on December 10, 2011, it was revealed that Platinum Games are also the developers for Konami's spin off title, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.[8] At E3 2012, Nintendo confirmed that they would publish a game by Platinum Games, under the working title "Project P-100", later titled The Wonderful 101.[9] In September 2012, a sequel to Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2, was announced for the Wii U. This time, Inaba would lead the game's development and Nintendo would serve as its publisher.[10]

In a posting on Twitter on January 23, 2013, Inaba indicated a passing interest in having Platinum Games acquire the Darksiders franchise from Vigil Games—its bankrupt parent company THQ had closed the studio after receiving no offers to purchase it at auction.[11] At E3 2014, it was announced that Platinum was developing a new title called Scalebound exclusively for Xbox One under Kamiya's direction.[12] A video game tie-in with Nickelodeon's The Legend of Korra television series has also been announced to be published by Activision.[13]

In an interview with UK-based gaming website CVG on June 25, 2014, Bayonetta 2 director Yusuke Hashimoto expressed interest in working with Nintendo on a possible sequel should the opportunity arise.[14]

Games developed[edit]

Year Game Platform(s)
2009 MadWorld Wii
Infinite Space Nintendo DS
Bayonetta PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U
2010 Vanquish PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2012 Anarchy Reigns
2013 Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
The Wonderful 101 Wii U
2014 Bayonetta 2
The Legend of Korra Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
TBA Scalebound Xbox One

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Company Overview". July 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ Gantayat, Anoop (2007-02-15). "Clover Reborn". IGN. Retrieved 2007-02-16. 
  3. ^ "Press Release 2006". Capcom Co., Ltd. 2006-10-12. Archived from the original on 2006-10-29. Retrieved 2006-10-12. 
  4. ^ French, Michael (2008-05-12). "Sega signs up Platinum's trio". Develop. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  5. ^ Sinclair, Brendan (2010-10-28). "ZeniMax acquires Shinji Mikami studio". GameSpot. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  6. ^ Magrino, Tom (2010-12-14). "Sega extends Platinum Games partnership". GameSpot. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  7. ^ "SEGA Issue Official Statement on Max Anarchy – Renamed for Western Release". electronictheatre.co.uk. 2011-01-27. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  8. ^ Plunkett, Luke (2011-12-10). "The Next Metal Gear Game is Brought to you by Bayonetta’s Developers". Kotaku. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  9. ^ Orry, Tom (2012-05-06). "Project P-100 coming to Wii U from Platinum Games". VideoGamer.com. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  10. ^ Ashcraft, Brian (2012-09-13). "Bayonetta 2 Is a Wii U Exclusive". Kotaku. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  11. ^ Lien, Tracey (2013-01-23). "Platinum Games boss expresses interest in buying Darksiders on Twitter". Polygon. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  12. ^ Albert, Brian (2014-06-09). "E3 2014: Platinum Games' New Game Is Scalebound". IGN. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  13. ^ Narcisse, Evan (2014-06-25). "Legend of Korra Game Coming From Makers of Bayonetta". Kotaku. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  14. ^ Robinson, Andy (2014-06-25). "Bayonetta 2 Director Wants To Partner With Nintendo Again". CVG. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 

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