Amidst a sea of mostly goofy April Fool’s Day jokes, the gaming biz did have something serious going down today. Platinum Games CEO Tetsuya Minami called out the Japanese gaming industry for “losing its vigor” and rebranded the Bayonetta, Vanquish, and upcoming Anarchy Reigns developer to pump some life into it.
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 “Platinum Next,” Minami aims to drag the Japanese game industry – kicking and screaming – into more unique directions.
“Pursuing the creation of the new,” 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 – born from the ashes of ex-Capcom super studio Clover – 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.
April 1, 2011
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Slower, different… and utterly fascinating
Resident Evil creator directing his last game
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