Platinum Games: two self-published titles in the works

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Renowned Japanese developer Platinum Games is working on at least one and possibly two as yet unseen original games, according to an interview with head of development Atsushi Inaba in an interview with Game Informer.

It has been something of a rollercoaster year for the studio, following the cancellation of the dragon game Scalebound, but we know that it is working on Bayonetta 3 for the Switch.

In the interview, Inaba spoke about the nature of being an independent studio, and revealed: “Up until now, we’ve worked on original IPsfor a wide variety of publishers. But we’re becoming more and more interested in the idea of self-publishing and doing our own title.

“Over the last year we’ve pretty much opened the company up to “Anybody can pitch a game,” and so over the last year we’ve gotten about 70 design documents from different people. So this year has been about us basically diluting which stuff we wanted to focus on and not focus on, and drilling down to the point where we now have two designs that we’re genuinely focused on.

“We can’t put together a AAA, $10 million-plus game, because we just don’t have that sort of cash as an independent developer. However, we don’t plan to go the indies route with just a few people on a team making a game, so it’ll be somewhere in the middle, looking at probably about 20 people on the staff making the game.”

With the likes of MadWorld, Vanquish, Nier: Automata and of course two Bayonetta games in their back-catalogue, the prospect of at least one and maybe even two new original games from Platinum Games is an exciting one for discerning gamers.

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Steve Boxer has been writing about videogames since the early 1990s. His first console was an Atari VCS, and he misspent most of his youth in the 1980s in the arcades. As well as for Green Man Gaming, he can be found writing for The Guardian, Empire, TechRadar and Pocket-Lint. He’s currently having trouble deciding whether his favourite console is his Xbox One X or his Switch, and plays a wide range of games, but especially RPGs (he loves a good JRPG) action-adventure titles, shooters of all descriptions and driving games. Follow him here.