Video Games Chronicle recently chatted with Platinum Games in a wide ranging interview with the company. One of those interviewed was the vice president and producer at Platinum Games, Atsushi Inaba. He was asked about the status of the stylish Astral Chain action IP and confirmed it is Nintendo’s own IP going forward. Here’s what Mr. Inaba said:
On the subject of Astral Chain, forum sleuths noticed that your website recently removed reference to Platinum from the game’s copyright, leaving just Nintendo. Should we read anything into that?
Inaba: It’s as it looks.
To clarify, a similar copyright change for The Wonderful 101 led to Nintendo handing over the IP to Platinum. Does this mean Nintendo now owns Astral Chain?
Inaba: It’s as it is written on the website: Astral Chain is their IP and as such there are limitations on how much we feel we should talk about.
[Editor’s note: When asked for clarification on Inaba’s comments regarding the Astral Chain IP ownership, a PlatinumGames spokesperson said the company was “not in a position to answer this question”.]