Japanese magazine Famitsu celebrated the tenth anniversary of Platinum Games by interviewing some of the studio’s staff members in its latest issue. Among those interviewed were Hideki Kamiya, Yusuke Hashimoto, Tatsuya Minami and Atsushi Inaba.
The interview touched upon Bayonetta‘s directing process. Hideki Kamiya’s style in directing was so harsh and tense that many employees felt they didn’t want to work with him again. However, he wasn’t the only one. Most of the directors for Platinum would say similar things.
Star Fox Zero was briefly mentioned when the group discussed about Platinum Games collaborating on existing IPs with others. The IP holders let Platinum handle the action gameplay and this enables the studio to have plenty of freedom in developing the games. Tatsuya Minami said he felt that this is the case because the IP holders trust the developing power that Platinum Games has. The original plan was to make original IPs, but Platinum has gotten so many offers to make collaboration games that they now work on those too. In fact, the interview revealed that they are at work with collaborations that have yet to be announced at this time.
Platinum has four titles lined up for 2016, including the Nintendo Wii U titles Star Fox Zero and Project Guard.
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Informative YouTube channel Did You Know Gaming? has taken an extensive look at Platinum Games critically acclaimed Bayonetta. The franchise has sold over 3 million units and the sequel to Bayonetta was funded by Nintendo after being stuck in what is described as “development hell”. Check out the video for plenty of enlightening facts.
Today I bring good news as both Bayonetta and Corrin are available to download in Super Smash Bros! Bayonetta and the Umbra Clock Tower stage are available for $5.99 or $6.99 for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Corrin from Fire Emblem Fates is $4.99 or $5.99 for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. You can also buy a collection which contains both characters, the latest Mii Fighter costumes and the Umbra Clock Tower stage for $15.48 or alternatively $19.88 for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Be warned that there’s a patch that’s taking a while to download.
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The official Super Smash Bros Twitter account has tweeted that both Bayonetta and Corrin will feature at the Niconico Championship which is being held at Tokaigi 2016. We shall finally see both combatants in action outside of the Super Smash Direct that aired recently so it’s something to tune into! The event is taking place today (watch it here) and will be shown at the following times:
- 5:15 PM PT (Saturday)
- 8:15 PM ET (Saturday)
- 1:15 AM in the UK (Sunday)
- 2:15 AM in Europe (Sunday)
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GameSpot is currently running a number of interesting features with Platinum Games. One of these features is about Star Fox Zero which was meant to come out this holiday season, but has instead been pushed back to next year. From the sounds of it, it seems as though the franchise is in safe hands with Platinum Games who have had years of experience working on action-packed titles. Here’s what Star Fox Zero co director Yusuke Hashimoto had to say about both Star Fox and Bayonetta.
“Thinking about how we can make it fun, how we can make it interesting. That’s something that neither side really has [done]. It’s just new for both of us. That’s where you get stimulated: what ideas, what can we do there? It’s always fun to think about. We’ve been working with action games long enough. We understand how the players play an action game, how they respond to an action game, how they’ll move, what they’ll do in the situational stuff. What we’re making here now, it’s totally a new learning experience for us, which is kind of fun to find out.”
While Star Fox Zero may not be the only Wii U title Platinum Game is working on–the team was mum, but cheeky, when asked about the possibility of a Bayonetta 3–it is the only one they’re talking about right now. Working with dual screens continues to be the biggest challenge, for Hashimoto and his team. He remembers working on Bayonetta 2 and thinking how the unique controller could be incorporated into a shooting game scheme.
“We’ve got them both moving at 60 fps, which is big for a lot of people, I think,” he says, dropping the famous number. “But I think that it’s kind of a milestone in gaming, in a way. It’s not something that we have done ourselves before at Platinum, and it’s just not even something that has been done in gaming before. So it’s a lot of new challenges.”
Bayonetta 2’s director, Yusuke Hashimoto, has tweeted to Bayonetta 2 fans and has thanked them for their support this year. Hashimoto also says “Please continue to look forward to what’s to come!” It is unclear whether he is talking about another entry into the Bayonetta series or alternatively if he’s talking about the projects which Platinum Games is currently developing, which include Star Fox, Nier 2 and Scalebound.
Super Smash Bros director Masahiro Sakurai has revealed in his Famitsu column that a staggering 1.8 million votes were cast in the Super Smash Bros ballot. As we all know it was the super stylish Bayonetta who came out on top and is being included in the game. She was the character of choice in Europe and came in the top five in the United States.
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