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

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.


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  • lovinmyps3 - April 2, 2011 8:57 a.m.

    Can they please just make a Bayonetta 2 already?
  • revrock - April 2, 2011 7:52 a.m.

    No love for Infinite Space?
  • RebornKusabi - April 2, 2011 3:35 a.m.

    Loved Bayonetta, loved MadWorld, loved Okami and Godhand (both when they were Clover at Capcom) hated Vanquish and can't wait for Anarchy Reigns. 4 out of 5 were great games, so I love this company and they need to continue in my book!
  • Sleepingdragon - April 2, 2011 3:14 a.m.

  • BladedFalcon - April 2, 2011 2:15 a.m.

    As long as they aren't shut down because their games aren't selling nearly as much as they should... Otherwise, Platinum is definitely one of my Favorite Developers today, and no doubt my favorite Japanese one Teach 'em how is done, Platinum Next! Also, like the style or not. Vanquish is a must try game, anyone that hasn't is missing out.
  • ThePigHostage - April 1, 2011 10:59 p.m.

    Platinum is one Japanese dev that still seems to put a lot of polish and creativity into their games. Stylistically, none of their games thus far have really appealed to me, but I have great respect for what they do.
  • EternalHero - April 1, 2011 10:48 p.m.

    Sounds good to me, I can't wait to see what will happen.

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