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Creator: Platinum Games

"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.

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.

Platinum seem to have moved on from their Sega partnership to an exclusivity deal with Nintendo; they are currently producing a new original title, plus a sequel to Bayonetta, for the company's Wii U console. Whether this is a long-term partnership or not remains to be seen.

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 devleoper, that like PlatinumGames, tend to turn out relatively well recieved yet still rather Cult Classic games.

Games made by PlatinumGames include:

As Clover Studios, under Capcom:

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