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Creator: Platinum Games
aka: Clover Studios

"It signifies a company that is valuable like platinum, high quality, and shines a never changing light. In line with that name, we have to make high-quality titles."
-Tatsuya Minami on how the company got its name.

PlatinumGames, Inc. (『プラチナゲームズ株式会社』), formerly Clover Studios, is a Japanese video game development studio known for Crazy Awesome games of various shapes and sizes.

Originally, the main creative minds here (including Hideki Kamiya, Atsushi Inaba, and Shinji Mikami) were a part of Capcom as the Research and Development department known as Clover Studios, but left Capcom due to creative disputes.

This talent then formed a different company, Seeds Inc., but before anything was produced by Seeds, they merged with ODD Incorporated to form PlatinumGames, a fully independent company.

PlatinumGames moved to ally with Sega, and while their games were still cult hits, they performed considerably better than they did at Capcom.

Their alliance with Sega, however, has produced mixed results; Although their presence in the industry has lead to Platinum's games becoming not only critical hits but commercial ones, their haphazard port of Bayonetta to the PlayStation 3 and their relative indifference to the western release of Anarchy Reigns may have soured their relationship.

Some characters from Clover studios would eventually be used in Capcom's newest crossover fighting games. Mikami and Kamiya had stated that they have considered sequels to their games, but Capcom's use of the two men's characters led them to the conclusion that they can't continue to identify with their characters.

Compare to CyberConnect2, a similar Japanese game developer, that like PlatinumGames, tends to turn out relatively well received yet still rather Cult Classic games.


Games made by PlatinumGames include:

As Clover Studios, under Capcom:
  • Viewtiful Joe: 2003; the only game (until Bayonetta 2) to actually have a sequel made by the same developers (GameCube, PS2)
    • Viewtiful Joe 2: 2004; the aforementioned sequel (GameCube, PS2)
    • Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble: 2005; a Mascot Fighter (GameCube, PSP)
    • Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble: 2005; hinted at the series finale, but Real Life Writes the Plot, and has instead become the last game in the trilogy (Nintendo DS)
  • Ōkami: 2006; considered to be their Magnum Opus when they were in Capcom as Clover Studios (PS2 and Wii)
    • Platinum was not connected to the Wii port or the DS sequel, Ōkamiden.
  • God Hand: 2006; their biggest Cult Classic (PS2)

As PlatinumGames:

Tropes frequently employed by PlatinumGames include:

  • Bullet Time: Invoked with several mechanics in their games: Bayonetta's Witch Time, Vanquish's ARS Mode, Metal Gear Rising's Blade Mode and The Wonderful 101's Hero Time.
  • Difficult but Awesome: One of Platinum's basic MOs when it comes to Game Design. Their games tend to be very difficult, and they tend to have mechanics rivaling Fighting Games in complexity. That said, amazing feats like this are legitimately possible in their games.
  • Gameplay Grading: Most of their games involve scoring in some form that takes into account how quickly you beat a mission, how little damage you took, and how cool you looked doing it.
  • The Goomba: Notable in that this is played straight in the context of their own games.
  • Nintendo Hard: Platinum games tend to be relatively challenging compared to other games of the genre, generally forcing players to quickly pick up various complex mechanics. However, the games are ultimately fair and do not suffer from Fake Difficulty.
  • Pummel Duel: Appears in almost every game in some way, shape or form.
  • The Rival: In most games, there will usually be an antagonist of some sort who possesses similar fighting abilities as the protagonist and is generally a true challenge of the player's skill. Notable examples include Jeanne from Bayonetta, Azel from God Hand and Jetstream Sam of Metal Gear Rising.
  • Rule of Cool: Practically Platinum's modus operandi.
  • Unexpected License: The fact that they are making a game based on The Legend of Korra was something NO ONE saw coming.

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alternative title(s): Clover Studios; Platinum Games; Clover Studios
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