It looks like Platinum Games might be making more live service-style games in future. In an interview with Famitsu, new CEO Atsushi Inaba said the company wants to pursue a different direction for its future games, focusing on titles that will be "loved for longer".
What could the Platinum Games live service future look like?
The interview with Famitsu is entirely in Japanese, so we're using additional reporting and translation by VGC. In the interview, Inaba says future projects, including the upcoming Project GG, will be "different" to Platinum's usual output in terms of structure. Rather than one-and-done games you finish and move on from, Inaba says he wants to make games that are "enjoyed and loved for a longer period of time", which sounds an awful lot like live service titles receiving constant content updates.
Although Inaba says the company will be looking more at longer experiences going forward, he does say the studio still wants to "cherish and create" games like its traditional output. This includes games like the upcoming Sol Cresta and Bayonetta 3 (which Platinum says it wants to show off soon). However, Inaba acknowledges changes to the industry and says Platinum must keep up, making its transition towards longer-lived experiences "necessary". It sounds like we'll have to wait and see what those plans actually entail.
What's next for Platinum Games?
Right now, Platinum is hard at work on a number of projects. There's the aforementioned Bayonetta 3, as well as upcoming MMO-style shooter Babylon's Fall, which is being published by Square Enix and is re-using some assets from Final Fantasy XIV. There's also the mysterious Project GG, which is the first IP Platinum will entirely own. It'll be based on a huge hero and will close out auteur developer Hideki Kamiya's "superhero trilogy", following on from Viewtiful Joe and The Wonderful 101, which got an unexpected remaster back in 2020.
Of course, the next immediate project we'll be seeing from Platinum Games is Sol Cresta, which was originally teased on April 1st 2020, thus making everyone think it was an April Fool's joke. It wasn't, though; the Terra Cresta sequel was really in development, and now it's really due to arrive on February 22nd (yes, 2/22/22). Here's hoping we get a Bayonetta 3 release date before too long as well. We can dream, right?
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