Platinum Games re-launching, tells Japanese game business what's what

Platinum boss: 'companies have lost their vigor'

Citing the lack of originality in current gaming, Minami stated that "Series grow ever-longer; original titles are on the decline. Japanese games that garner worldwide acclaim are slipping away. This state of affairs deeply saddens us."

Re-launching the company as %26ldquo;Platinum Next,%26rdquo; Minami aims to drag the Japanese game industry %26ndash; kicking and screaming %26ndash; into more unique directions.

%26ldquo;Pursuing the creation of the new,%26rdquo; as he describes it, may sound like a pretty fair plan in the wake of fourteen Final Fantasy games and yearly Call of Duty sequels. While not always setting sales charts aflame, Platinum Games %26ndash; born from the ashes of ex-Capcom super studio Clover %26ndash; do tend to release games that many critics believe to be masterpieces. Maybe Minami is on to something here, but time, as it always does, will tell.


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