Platinum Games are always inundated with requests to tackle a number of prolific franchises. A Twitter user has asked Kenji Saito a programmer and director at Platinum Games to start to developing a video game based on Gatchaman or Karas. Saito replied by saying that he would rather make a game based on Kill La Kill or Berserk. Both of these would make excellent video games. Platinum Games is currently working on a number of games including Scalebound, Transformers Devastation, and Star Fox Zero.
One of the surprise announcements of E3 this year was the announcement that Star Fox Zero is being developed by none other than Platinum Games. Yusuke Hashimoto, who also directed Bayonetta 2, says development of the game was very fun, especially collaborating again with Nintendo. However, Hashimoto also revealed that it was “nerve-wracking” when Shigeru Miyamoto stepped in to show them a new idea, asked them what they thought, and they had to come up with a decent answer about whether it should be implemented or not.
“The three of us are always working together and it’s very fun,” Hayashi says, “but obviously when Mr. Miyamoto shows you something and is like, what do you think of this, and you have to come up with a good answer, it’s very nerve-wracking.”
“I’m struck by how fast this goes,” says Hashimoto. “The turnaround between the exchange of the two parties is very quick. It’s a kind of development speed I haven’t really seen before.”
According to Polygon’s interview with Platinum Games, Star Fox Zero will have a cooperative mode (that is still very actively a work in progress). However, interestingly enough, Platinum Games’ Lead Director Hashimoto says this mode — which allows for one person to fly the Arwing while another controls the guns — was made specifically for little children, playing with parents.
We wanted to have a co-op mode where basically one person could handle flying the vehicle, while another person handles shooting. So, if you had a situation where a parent was playing with their child and the child was having a tough time with the game, the parent could handle flying the vehicle with a nunchuk and Wii remote and the child could just enjoy targeting and shooting things on the GamePad.
On a cool note, the cooperative play will change depending on the vehicle in use. If the two players are piloting the Gyrowing (the drone-like helicopter) and the Direct -I (deployable mech) is dropped, the cooperative team will split with the two players controlling the two separate ships.
Star Fox Zero is set to release exclusively on the Wii U in Q4 2015. Despite the fact this is being developed with tykes in mind, are you excited for this new mode?
One of the announcements that pleased a number of fans at this year’s Nintendo E3 Digital Event was the fact that Platinum Game’s were developing the new Star Fox for Wii U, which is titled Star Fox Zero. Polygon managed to catch up with Nintendo EAD’s Yugo Hayashi and Yusuke Hashimoto from Platinum Games to find out just how the exciting collaboration came to be. Hayashi says that the team at Nintendo didn’t have enough resources to make the game, but they were certain that an acclaimed action studio such as Platinum Games would be a perfect fit for the title.
“Internally, we thought we maybe didn’t have enough resources to make it. So we started looking outside for a good fit.
“We already had some relationship with Platinum Games and in thinking about who would be be a good company to make a Star Fox game, obviously Platinum Games are very good at making action games, they’re very good at making games that are visually exciting. So we thought they would be a perfect fit.”
– EAD’s Yugo Hayashi
“When I was getting into the project it kind of started up for me as how do we use this to make stages that will be fun to play. How do we create extravagant, exciting situations. Basically, as the development has gone forward it has been the two teams passing it back and forth and talking about that kind of thing.”
“When you get to the boss and it switches to the target view and you have that kind of extravagant cinematic view, flying around the boss with a first-person view,” he said. “That was the first time I thought we were kind of getting at what I hoped to achieve with this project.”
“I think the reason for that is because it’s a cinematic scene, a cinematic effect, but you’re able to control it and create these kind of action moments while flying around in the way you attack.”
– Platinum Games, Yusuke Hashimoto
It’s been too long since we have seen the members of Star Wolf — at least, that is what Yusuke Hasimoto, Director of Platinum Games thinks. Specifically, in a Tweet earlier today, Hashimoto confirmed that the members of Star Wolf would be making a return to Platinum’s upcoming Wii U exclusive, Star Fox Zero.
However, who exactly is Star Wolf? Fledgling Star Fox fans may recognize Wolf O’Donnell from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. However, Star Wolf is the team of mercenaries that he leads (comprised of Leon Powalski, Panther Caroso, Andrew Oikonny, Pigma Dengar, and (possibly) Krystal) that has strong associations to the infamous Andross. Besides working as mercenaries, the dabble in other illegal and illicit activities across the solar system. So far they have appeared in four other Star Fox titles: Star Fox 64/3D, Star Fox Assault, and Star Fox Command.
Star Fox Zero will release Holiday 2015.
One of the surprising announcements to come out of the Nintendo Digital Event was that Star Fox Zero is being developed by the acclaimed Platinum Games. However, Shigeru Miyamoto says that they initially thought about developing the game internally. They considered various studios including Xenoblade Chronicles X studio Monolith Soft, but he says that they decided that Platinum Games would be the best developer for the job, and I’m sure most fans would probably agree.
“We didn’t really look around at that many different places,” Miyamoto explained. “Our first instinct was to try and find an appropriate team within Nintendo. One place we kind of considered was Monolith Soft.”
“But it kind of came down to to there wasn’t really a place we wanted to work with other than Platinum just because they are so committed to creating exciting visuals. We kind of really wanted to improve the visual quality of the game.”
One of the biggest surprises to come out of the Nintendo E3 Digital Event was the collaboration between Platinum Games and Nintendo for Star Fox. To delve deeper into the matter Kotaku caught up with Shigeru Miyamoto to find out how the collaboration came about and also what has happened to Project Guard and Project Giant Robot which were Wii U GamePad demos showcased months back.
EAD x Platinum collaboration
“Art is being done at Platinum’s Osaka office, but design is being done in Nintendo’s offices in Kyoto, where some of the Platinum guys have taken temporary root. Nintendo’s director on the project is Yugo Hayashi who previously did level design on The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess and then directed Wii Fit U. As for how in the world one goes from Zelda to Wii Fit to Star Fox, Hayashi said, “I was kind of surprised by it, too.” Miyamoto joked: “Probably the main reason is actually that he sits the closest to me [of anyone in the development group].”
On Project Giant Robot / Project Guard
“Nintendo EAD and Hayashi is overseeing it, also with the help of Platinum. Miyamoto said it is meant to be played online and that Nintendo is still figuring out if or how to release it in conjunction with Star Fox Zero. Development of Giant Robo, another, less impressive E3 2014 experimental game is on hold.”