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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 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 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 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 attempted by both companies in 2016, but the collaboration ultimately fell by the wayside.

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


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Games developed by PlatinumGames:

Upcoming Games:

  • Astral Chain (2019): A Nintendo Switch exclusive Action RPG revealed February 2019 and scheduled for an August release. Directed by NieR: Automata game designer Takahisa Taura and supervised by Hideki Kamiya. Announcement trailer here.
  • Babylon's Fall (2019): In association with Square-Enix, revealed June 2018 for a tentative 2019 release. To be released on PS4 and PC. Announcement trailer here.
  • 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.
  • Bayonetta 3: The third entry in the Stylish Action series, revealed December 2017 as a Switch exclusive. Announcement trailer here.
  • World Of Demons: A hack-and-slash action game made in collaboration with DeNA, revealed April 2018 and initially scheduled for a late 2018 release, with no new release date given. Announcement trailer here.

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.

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