PlatinumGames Interested In PC And Nintendo 3DS Development

By Ishaan . September 24, 2012 . 10:16pm

Bayonetta and Metal Gear Rising developer, PlatinumGames, are also interested in pursuing self-published titles in the PC space, the studio’s executive director, Atsushi Inaba, recently revealed to The Verge.

 

“Console game development budgets are really big,” Inaba said, “so we need publishing partners to create those games. I was thinking—with our own money—about creating a PC title for Steam. It would give us the possibility to become a publisher, which is very attractive to me.”

 

He continued: “If you think about the console market in Japan, and compare it to the world, it’s not that big. So I view the PC as an area with huge potential. It would be great if we could do a Kickstarter and gather enough money for a game to be released on Steam.”

 

PlatinumGames recently visited Valve Software’s headquarters, where Inaba listened to the company talk about its future goals. Inaba says he came away with the impression that they are “a very open-minded company”.

 

Additionally, PlatinumGames are also interested in re-visiting portable game development. In 2009, the studio released Infinite Space, a sci-fi role-playing game for the Nintendo DS, in partnership with Sega. Inaba says that the studio is also interested in developing for its successor, the Nintendo 3DS.

 

“We are very interested in the Nintendo 3DS as a platform,” Inaba revealed. “I view 3DS as a proper, straightforward evolution from a platform that has had huge success. Being able to view stereoscopic 3D with the naked eye is a great innovation, but very straightforward, so I’m very interested in it.”

 

However, he clarified, no Nintendo 3DS titles are in development at PlatinumGames at present, as the studio has a number of other projects in in the works and is unable to fund a 3DS game by themselves. “But I’m very positive on it,” Inaba added.


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  • SpecDotSign

    Translation: we want to make money on the popular handheld without selling out (*cough* mobile games *cough*) and on PC because Steam is pretty sweet.

    • Luna Kazemaru

       so making mobile games is ‘selling out’ gamer logic at its finest.

      • Curan_Altea

        Hey, if I don’t like a platform, that means the games on it suck. (totally not being sarcastic)

  • Curan_Altea

    I’d love Platinum to release games on 3DS and Steam. They’re a great company and I generally support their games. 

  • Paradox me

    I’m curious as to how much cheaper PC development would be. I see figures like $20 to 30 million budgets for multiplatform console games this generation, yet The Witcher 2′s budget was reportedly around $10 million. 

    Keep in mind, The Witcher 2 absolutely blows console titles out of the water from a technical standpoint, and this is probably what we can expect from ‘next gen’ consoles. Unnamed developers have been quoted saying that PlayStation 4 and Xbox 3 costs could be as much as twice that of current consoles’.

    There’s a huge difference there, $10 million versus $20-30 million (potentially $30-40+ million next gen). Where is all of that money going? There has to be more to it than licensing fees and the cost of dev kits.

    • nirvana123

      From what I have started to see a lot of the stuff that isn’t needed like co op in dead space 3 and multiplayer in god of war also in dead space. Money is being put into stupid things that aren’t what made the first games great in the first place.

      But I agree it seems really steep compared to pc.

    • malek86

      Most of it is advertising, I’d guess. Gears of War also reportedly cost around $10 millions to make, but I’d fathom the actual budget including marketing was much bigger.

      To see what I mean, think of games that don’t receive too much advertising. Demon’s Souls for example, From said they were already happy with the 150k sales it had gathered in Japan (and remember initially it wasn’t supposed to be localized either). I guess that means its budget can’t have been 30 million dollars. And there are many games like that.

      So my idea is that most of the budget nowadays is spent on selling the game, not on making it. Which would mean that, as a whole, development costs shouldn’t rise much for the next generation of consoles.

      • SirRichard

        This is likely where a lot of it goes; EA’s recent antics and game performances make it clear that marketing eats up an absolute ton of money. For instance, their claim that Dead Space 3 needs to make five million sales to continue to be viable for them (see: http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/06/15/dead-space-needs-around-five-million-fans-to-survive-according-to-ea/ ) when the series previously did more than well enough with half of that with the previous game. Marketing is even mentioned in that article as part of the cost.

        While Dead Space 3 likely won’t have the same mass marketing campaign Mass Effect 3 did (and even with that game’s impressive sales, that campaign must’ve eaten a ton of the revenue; the whole thing about early copies being stuck to weather balloons and the sheer ton of partnerships to hide away pre-launch DLC can’t have been good for the cost), it’s still likely going to be advertised to hell and back, bloating the overall cost of the game. 

        Maybe Nintendo is on to something with Miiverse being used to promote games naturally, actually.

    • Yerld_CK

      It’s hard to say without knowing the differences in labor costs. The Witcher 2 was developed in Poland, where salary standards are much lower than in the US.

  • amagidyne

    I imagine after their games getting screwed over by Capcom and Sega they must find self-publishing very attractive. In any case, hope they go through with it. Sounds like an excellent idea.

  • No

    I will fully support their PC efforts by buying whatever awesome game they come up with.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Hope this means that Platinum Games is considering coming out with new Infinite Space there.^_^

    And considering the graphics power for 3DS, i am sure this time, they can provide us more detail on the ships and unique attack from each ships.^_^

  • http://www.mengsbizarreadventure.com Mengplex

    Platinum Games presents….

    Streets of rage

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      :O that would be kool

  • CirnoLakes

    I always love good news.

    If you’ve payed attention to my comments at all, you know that this is a victory for me. I don’t know what’s causing the PC to get all of this Japanese action as of late, but I’m not complaining.

  • UUDDLRLR BASTART

    Not even Platinum can get me interested in that platform.

    But 3DS sounds alright.

  • TiamatNM

    I won’t get my hopes up for an Infinite Space sequel but I’m sure Platinum Games will make something cool

    Infinite Space is amazing though

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    hmmmm go on

  • http://alboreo.tumblr.com Alboreo

    Platinum making games for PC would be great. I’m loving how many Japanese devs are starting to talk about PC gaming.

    (Relatively speaking, of course. A few devs != a whole country’s worth. It’s still nice, though, for someone like myself who loves Japanese games but also loves his PC.)

  • kylehyde

    They are interested on 3DS, also they are interested on Starfox. Are they sending a message to nintendo?

  • isfuturebright

    Would be awesome if they became publishers!  So far I’ve liked everything Platinum has made!

  • 9thsage

    Infinite Space?  SUCCESSOR?  on 3DS?  Please please do this, Platinum.  I really really love that game.  

  • SirRichard

    Platinum freely making what they please on PC would be awesome, and it would at least let more people get at their wonderful stuff. Not sure how well their usual style would work with KB+M, but then that’s what game pads are for.

    I’d like to see what they’d do with the 3DS, too, or just handhelds in general.

  • Göran Isacson

    More Platinum on any console is a very good thing, in my opinion.

  • Göran Isacson

    More Platinum on any console is a very good thing, in my opinion.

  • KayJay N.

    This awesome news, I’ve already got Resident Evil 5 and Sonic Generations off Steam.
    I do hope P* release some great games for PC/Steam. Steam has already 54 million active users. This a great market for P* jump into. Atsushi Inaba and Gabe Newell are two very cool guys in this great video game industry (see photo).

  • https://twitter.com/Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi Project 2501

    Infinite Space has always been the black sheep in Platinum’s library. I never got around to playing it, but it would be interesting if they were to put something that unpredictable out on 3DS.

    • Jesse

      INFINITE SPACE is awesome. I bought it and have completed it twice, the story is engaging but it is a slow go because of it’s steep learning curve. But youll get the hang of it. That is why i became a Platium fan.

  • $29082171

    ”and is unable to fund a 3DS game by themselves.”

    Well, that can be fixed by Platinum’s newest buddy.

    • puchinri

       Lol, I was thinking the same.

  • Dylan Anantha

    A new Infinite Space game with a revamped battle system would be amazing.

  • WyattEpp

    Welcome home, Platium; I think you’ll like it here.  (We have more than 512MB of memory!)

  • puchinri

    Wow, that’d be really awesome! I hope they do have a chance to develop some games for PC and 3DS, as well as publish games on the PC. I look forward to their future titles. ♥

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