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"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.
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PlatinumGames, Inc. is a Japanese video game development studio known for over-the-top action games of various shapes and sizes. Its headquarters are located in Osaka.

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 Studio, 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, another company founded by fellow ex-Capcom employee Tatsuya Minami to form PlatinumGames, a fully independent company.

Shortly after their inception in 2007, PlatinumGames allied with Sega as their publisher the following year, with an agreement that Sega would publish four of their upcoming projects. While their creations were still continued to be cult hits at best under this partnership, they still performed considerably better than they did at Capcom and Sega extended their contract to include a fifth game. Following the lukewarm reception of Anarchy Reigns, Platinum found themselves as a contract studio developing games for other publishers: most notably Nintendo, who would fund a number of original titles in addition to gaining their assistance on franchises like Star Fox, and Square Enix, for whom they developed their most commercially successful game to date (NieR: Automata).

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Some characters from Clover would eventually be used in Capcom's crossover fighting games. Mikami and Kamiya have stated that they have considered sequels to their games, but Capcom's continued use of their characters made them wary of the idea. An attempt at producing a proper Okami 2 was allegedly attempted by both companies in 2016, but the collaboration ultimately fell by the wayside.

On February 3, 2020, PlatinumGames launched "Platinum4", a website to eventually reveal four different projects the company hopes to work on, and revealed the first of those projects, a crowd-funded Kickstarter campaign attempting to produce a remaster of The Wonderful 101. By the end of the first day, the Kickstarter's $49890 goal had been met. Eighteen times over.


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Upcoming Games:

  • Babylon's Fall (TBA): In association with Square-Enix, revealed June 2018 for a tentative 2019 release. To be released on PS4 and PC. Announcement trailer here.
  • Bayonetta 3 (TBA): The third entry in the Stylish Action Hack and Slash series, revealed December 2017 as a Switch exclusive. Announcement trailer here.
  • Project G.G. (TBA): A new IP from Hideki Kamiya that will be published by Platinum themselves. Kamiya states that this will be the third entry in his Hero Trilogy, which consists of Viewtiful Joe, The Wonderful 101, and this game.

Cancelled Games:

  • Scalebound: A Microsoft published title planned for Xbox One and PC. Initially announced during E3 2014, the game was planned for a late 2016 release before being cancelled in January 2017.
  • World Of Demons: A hack-and-slash action game in partnership with DeNA for Android and IOS, revealed April 2018. Initially soft launched in limited areas, only to be pulled from stores in 2019.
  • Lost Order: A co-op real time strategy title made in collaboration with Cygames, announced August 2016 as Platinum's first mobile game. Entered closed beta in August 2017. Announcement trailer here. They officially confirmed they no longer working on it on their site.

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