Hideki Kamiya was asked by a fan on Twitter which of the characters he has worked on would he like to see in Super Smash Bros. His reply? Well, he would like to see every single character he has worked on make an appearance in the beloved franchise. If you could pick one character that Kamiya has worked on in the past who would you like to see battle it out in Super Smash Bros?
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.
Platinum Games CEO Tatsuya Minami has revealed to Famitsu that the company has extremely high ambitions. Minami says that he wants Platinum Games to be one of the three top video game studios in the world. He says the this isn’t just talk, but something they are hoping to achieve. They’ve certainly got a lot of high profile video games in the works right now.
But don’t look for Platinum Games to slow down anytime soon. Minami explains that there’s always the goal of becoming one of the three top game studios in the world. This isn’t all talk, but motivation. Says Minami, “If you don’t have that kind of feeling, you can’t keep on going. Ten, twenty years from now, I want to aim even higher.”
It’s hard to believe but Platinum Games is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. That’s right, the studio will soon be ten years old! The team has produced a rather stylish card detailing their previous work as well as their upcoming projects such as Star Fox Zero and Scalebound. The future is looking extremely bright for the talented Japanese studio.
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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.”
If there’s one developer that’s currently churning out a number of high profile games for numerous platform holders then it is none other than respected development studio, Platinum Games. The company is working on games such as Star Fox Zero, Scalebound, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Nier 2. You would be surprised to learn that the company has 200 staff who are all hard at work bringing these titles together.
Now 200 people strong and 10 years past its break from Capcom, Platinum Games’ name is synonymous with action games. But according to its developers, they’ve only just begun showing the world their capability.
“We don’t have a specific stance towards console exclusives, but what we do have are games that we really want to make, and it’s very difficult now to find partners who are ready to make big bets on larger games like that,” he explains. “One of the ways that you can get a partner who will buy into that vision is to go into places, especially console makers who have hardware that they want to sell and want to make content that sticks out. A lot of times they will champion a product like that, so we’ve used that route to accomplish our goal of making these games that we want to make. Nier is a special case where the publisher decided on the console exclusivity, and that was part of their business decision and that’s totally okay, but in the cases where we’ve created a console exclusive, that’s often been a case of us wanting to get a game made and not stopping until we’ve done that.”
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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.