Platinum Games Guns For Number One In 2014

By Eugene . January 6, 2014 . 2:02pm

Platinum Games boss Tatsuya Minami, in his New Year greeting, is pretty upbeat about the future of the company, but humble at the same time. In his message on the developer’s official blog, Minami renewed his call for the company to be the “Japanese Standard Bearer in Global Competition”.

 

This, he said, is partly due to the great news of Japan’s winning bid for the 2020 Olympics, giving everyone some “new-found energy” to make 2014 an “exciting and action-packed year”.

 

It seems Platinum are also looking forward to the launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Japan. Despite the fact that the market will change “significantly” in the year ahead, he said, he believes the company “will have to put a lot of effort into taking new challenges”.

 

2013 was a good year for Platinum Games, having released games such as Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and The Wonderful 101 and Anarchy Reigns. Minami said he felt such an expansion to be “an extremely positive thing for people working in videogame development” and that the company was “very happy to have received [fans’] support”.

 

You can read the entire New Year’s message on the Platinum Games news blog here. At present, the developer is working on Bayonetta 2 and other unannounced projects.


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  • Grape Monet

    Really? 2013 was a good year for them? Sure, Metal Gear Rising did okay but Anarchy Reigns and The Wonderful 101 bombed. It’s especially bad in the case The Wonderful 101; that game is one of the most expensive games they’ve ever made, if not the most expensive, period.

    Edit: Don’t get me wrong, I love Platinum Games and the games they make; The Wonderful 101 is one of my favorite games of last year. I sincerely wish them the best of luck in 2014. But the truth of the matter is that they’ve made a lot of games that didn’t make a lot of money. That’s not their fault, but that’s the reality of the situation. And I’m fearful for their future. I’ve seen too many of my favorite studios fall by the wayside, I don’t want to see it happen to Platinum Games. I want them to keep making games, because they’re among the best studios in the industry, and they make some of the best games you can find.

    • Aqueo

      And? Nintendo paid them to make the game (in the case of W101), they lost nothing because it bombed since it wasn’t produced with their money.

      • almostautumn

        I think you’re mixing that up with Bayonetta 2. Can you source that with W101, because I don’t remember reading that anywhere.

    • Nanashrew

      Nearly all their games don’t sell well but they still make unique and amazing games despite any failures. The only reason Metal Gear Rising actually did well is because it is under a well known franchise.

      In the end, they don’t care. They just want to make games and want to entertain people. They just want you to have fun and if you had fun playing their games then that was good enough for them.

      • TrueDefault

        Yeah they don’t make sequels with the exception of Bayonetta 2 but Minami said it might be the last one unless they have really good ideas for the sequel.

    • MasterScrub

      It’s a damn shame Anarchy Reigns tanked. It was a really good game.

    • Guest

      Someone at Platinum Games posted this on NeoGAF some time ago…
      http://i.imgur.com/jqJV06X.jpg

      And besides Nintendo funded W101, if anyone lost money here it was them… Still Ninty has expressed its interest in continuing to work with them, also there is that rumour about Microsoft funding other project and if more of its games get released on Steam it’ll give them a new lease of life with the passionate group of PC gamers. So no worries, PG is appreciated among players and publishers :)

      • 60hz

        and there is more to the game industry than game sales, putting out 101 also increases loyalty amongst a niche audience. Why is radiant silvergun lauded and highly sought after, it’s sales were extremely dismal but it cemented treasure as a developer while it fed and expanded their fan base. To quote a famous hollywood movie, this aint checkers… this is chess (i think it’s the other way around but whatevs!)

    • 60hz

      MGR did really well, but sales usually matter more to publishers than to developers. I’m not sure how it is in japan, and each deal is different no matter what region you are in, but most of the money that MOST devs make are from the development cost not from sales… tho, p* is a pretty prestigious company so i would imagine they do get some points on the sales, i would imagine those points increase a profit margin that was already cushioned into their development cost. So basically the more games they put out the more money they make, the publisher takes the risk on those titles not the dev.

  • JonathanisPrimus

    You’re not going to compete globally by making Wii U and XB1 exclusives.

    Hell, you’re not even going to be able to compete in Japan by doing that.

    • DanielGearSolid

      They have an X1 exclusive?

      • Arcana Wiz

        it’s a rumor that already died, can be truth, can be false. Only time will tell.

    • Arcana Wiz
      • JonathanisPrimus

        At what point did I even mention Bayonetta? It’s great that Nintendo was able to swoop in and save the game, but that has nothing to do with what I said. I was responding to the idea that Platinum could be some global competitor. That’s not possible when you’re making exclusive games for a platform like Wii U, or even the XB1.

        • Guest

          PG can’t be a “global competitor” because they don’t make the classic marketable AAA cinematic experiences with QTE events to marvel the player with ease.

          They make hardcore action games, and I don’t say that loosely, their games go for a “Lunatic”-type of difficulty to master that only real aficionados can enjoy to its fullest. The learning curve is long and not rewarding in short term. The actual definition of niche in gaming today.

          But hey, they have fun making those games and it shows. They have amassed a cult following among gamers and because of that publishers take notice and continue to ask for their service. They should continue as they are as they appear to do well financially, I don’t see them on the brink of bankrupt. Hopefully they never try to appeal the masses.

          • DemonKingAsura

            “QTE events to marvel the player with ease.”

            umm, all of Platinum Games efforts have these. Madworld with executions and boss finishers, same with Bayonetta, and The Wonderful 101 did, too.

          • Guest

            But not in the Tomb Raider (2013) kind of way of “smash a button quickly to save yourself of an incoming threat coming from nowhere to break your immersion and darken your screen”.

            They’re more ingrained to the game mechanics, act at a better pacing and are without a doubt more rewarding. They just flow into the game naturally with a distinctive flavor, in Bayonetta they are pretty stylish, in Madworld they are brutal and in W101 are visually rewarding and they are fun even to lose!

            For your actions they act as the, for lack of a better word, climax. Not as a time waster or cheap replacement for a cut-scene.

            Edit: An example of what I remember playing with a friend in one of the early Bayonetta segments, after battling with frenzy against a lot of creatures with those badass audiovisuals; we didn’t even know how to pull long combos but we continue just for the craziness going on and so those scarce moments to do the QTEs empowered the experience to kick the face of those damn bosses! Hell, I want to play Bayonetta!!!!

          • Asura

            QTEs mid-cutscene were the worst part of Bayo. This is fact.

    • Herok♞

      Wiiu is doing the best in Japan(I know it was the best selling console during the holidays) and besides this Platinum you are talking about the people who buy their stuff, buy it the people who don’t

      • JonathanisPrimus

        Yeah, it’s a shame that none of the software that is any way similar to what Platinum makes sells anything on Wii U. The big movers this holiday were Taiko, and Mario, aka family games. Last time I checked, none of Platinum’s games could be considered as a family title.

  • Shadowman

    I look forward to Bayonetta 2 Platinum.

  • https://twitter.com/BinksFrost Binks5

    i’ll be rooting for them

  • https://twitter.com/Panda_castro Panda

    Good luck.

  • z_merquise

    Their games may not be mega-sellers but they always produce games that I enjoy. I wish them the best of luck and I’ll always look forward to their new games.

    It’s pretty impressive that they almost release games every year. For an independent game studio, that’s quite a feat.

  • Arcana Wiz

    I wish platinum really good luck, they deserve to be successful.

  • buddyluv324

    I cant wait for Bayonetta 2 and any other projects Platinum Games may have coming within the new year! ^_^

  • MrJechgo

    I’m totally rooting for them ^_^
    Too bad it would take a miracle for players to appreciate their games for what they are and not for what they are not…

  • DanijoEX ♬ the Cosmic Owl

    Platinum Games will do well, I’m sure. I wish them good luck either way.

  • Ixbran

    So excited for Bayo2, I recently got my self a Wii U for Christmas (i had a Kuzco moment), and I’m loving it a lot since I got it! ^-^

    Bayo 2, Hyrule Warriors, and Smash.4 are my most anticipated games for 2014! <3

  • Kaetsu

    I have no clue how Platinum manages to get funding when all there games don’t sell very well but I hope they keep doing it because all there games are great!

  • hazelnut1112

    They dish out great games and I really hope they keep making games in the future.

  • NekoDraga

    Platinum are already No.1 in my book.

  • TheDarkEmpress

    As far as the action genre is concerned, Platinum lives up to their names in worth if we’re comparing precious metals to the video game industry. Their quality and attention to detail is second to none. It’s a shame that a few of their games went unnoticed *cough* Vanquish *cough* which was a flat out amazingly fun game. I’m sorry but when it comes to action Platinum sets the bar for everyone to follow. Especially considering the fact that even Kojipro himself brought MGS:Rising to them to finish.

  • Demeanor

    I’ve played Anarchy and am playing Revengeance now, lots of cyborgs from Platinum this year. MA wasn’t all that great, cool music and characters but the action got repetitive fast, and I don’t overly like the combat system.
    Rising on the other hand, sheesh, amazing game… graphics are very very nice for the PS3, animations are superb and the game is freakin’ HARD, I must have spent 3 hours trying to get the Bronze in VR mission 1… XD
    Looking forward to hear about new Platinum titles for the PS4.
    They are masters of the 3rd person action genre, but they seem to be… cursed, or something, with sales and overall success.
    Here’s an idea: let them have Devil May Cry 5! XD I’d totally trust them for the combat system.

    • loempiavreter

      MGR was cool, definately had the cool action set pieces… but I found the pacing to be wobbly at times thanks to the Metal Gear influence… had more fun with Anarchy Reigns.

  • Romancer Ecclesia

    It’s high time they kickstarted Bayonetta 2 for the next gen consoles instead of being a bitch to Nintendo. Platinum polish on combat systems. That quality is so rare nowadays.

    • Guest

      Nintendo funded the development. All the assets for Bayonetta 2 are their property despite Sega still being the owner of the IP.

      So, ask Nintendo for a Kickstarter :P
      (And Wii U is part of the 8th console generation too)

      • Romancer Ecclesia

        Wow… Nintendo sure locked down on that one as a console exclusive =/

        I’m kind of disappointed that God of War 3 did so well back in it’s time while Bayonetta was in it’s shadow despite having a combat system just as good, if not better =/

        • Guest

          Mmm, I wouldn’t put it that way… More along the lines of “Nintendo sure brought back Bayonetta from the development limbo as a Wii U game”

          As for Bayo 1 performance, it did as well as it could, it sold well for the genre thus a sequel was in the works. But it was not an easily digestible package as most AAA titles are nowadays so underperformed in the eyes of the publisher and it was shelved. No different release date or more aggresive marketing could have helped.

          • anthony apduhan

            I wonder if Bayonetta 1 will be in Nintendo Eshop I mean cm’on you can’t play Bayonetta 2 on your first time without knowing it’s story and origins it would confuse some people (unless they played Bayonetta 1).

          • Ixbran

            Well someone had sent a tweet to Hideki asking if Bayo1 would be ported too the Wii U, so Wii U owners could experience both games, and he said “it wouldn’t make sense if it wasn’t.”

            not complete confirmation, but I imagine its something hes considering

          • Guest

            Maybe the movie serves that purpose xD

            Seriously though, Kamiya seemed interested but that’s now on Nintendo’s court to decide.
            (They could well use B1 to spread more content along Q2 2014)

    • ecoutercavalier

      Are people still this upset about the game going Wii U exclusive?

      It’s been a year. Get over it already.

      • Romancer Ecclesia

        Yes, I am disappointed because I loved the first game, but I refuse to buy a WiiU like most others.

        • ecoutercavalier

          Yah, but you’ve had AN ENTIRE YEAR to get over it.

          I realize maturity isn’t a pre-requisite to playing video games, but come on.

          • Romancer Ecclesia

            I can understand where you’re coming from. But I’m still expressing my disappointment because those are my honest feelings. I’m not going to tell myself “oh I had a year to get over it, therefore I should because it’s the mature thing to do like everyone else.”

            It may never happen, and I’m okay with that. I’m midway through God Eater 2 and have quite a backlog from Black Friday sales to keep me occupied for at least 3-5 months. But that’s still not going to stop me from wishing deep down inside that there still was a chance to play it on the PS3.

            I’m not gonna go batshit and exclaim OMG WTF FUCK YOU NINTENDOGS WASN’T THE REGION LOCK BAD ENOUGH Y MEK THIS EXCLUSIVE?! Hopefully one day when I get the chance to play the WiiU at a friend’s then I’ll rent and play it to my heart’s content. If so, that’s great. If not, too bad. Life goes on.

            I am indeed whimsical when it comes to gaming, but not entirely unreasonable. I’m passionate about what I like and this is how I express myself. If it comes off as childish… well, sorry, I guess.

          • ecoutercavalier

            I’d think that if it were that important to you, you would consider getting a Wii U. When I see a game for a console I don’t have, I buy the console to play it. This is what we did when Final Fantasy went to playstation. This is what we did when Monster Hunter went to Nintendo.

            It’s not gonna stop happening any time soon.

          • Romancer Ecclesia

            That’s not financially feasible for all of us, especially in South East Asia where the prices are threefold. Even if I did have the money, I’d prolly not buy a console just for a handful of games. I did that for Fire Emblem Awakening and KH3D on the 3DS, sold it shortly after since it was collecting dust. Eh, I thought MH GG is coming back to the Vita sometime this year?

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    I’m happy enough about Bayonetta 2 coming out. The fact that they’re also working on other projects is great too. If they say they want to make 2014 an action packed year, I say more power to them. It hopefully means more great games for us is all.

  • http://www.isfuturebright.com/ Silvio Carréra

    I liked Anarchy Reigns, but sadly there wasn’t many people online to play it. Also the combat was too simple. Rising was good but it felt really standart action game from Platinum you know? It didn’t feel very unique.

    Looking forward to playing Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2 though ;)

  • Arz

    It’s really sad that their game doesn’t sell that well.Especially Wonderful101. Do gamers nowadays can’t appreciate some good,fun character action games?

  • monkey king

    Bayo 2 was already my GOTY 2014 the second it was announced.

  • Göran Isacson

    Aw man, Platinum, baby. I love you and everything, but gunning for number one… I dunno. It just feels like you’re setting yourself up for pain that way.

    Then again considering the kind of games they make, maybe they quite like pain.

  • Veratomos

    Guys, there’s a sequel hook at the end of Vanquish :D

    Seeing a very nice commitment from Platinum Team ‘gunning’ for #1. Got most of their games, hardly felt any regret and had lots of fun.

    For those whom havent got a WiiU for Bayonetta2, do prepare for the crazed and happy players streaming their lets play in the future ;P

  • Arcana Wiz

    *facepalm* Nintendo funded the game, it was Bayo2 for wiiU or nothing, not a hard choice for kamiya.

  • Minos

    They did, there were called Okami, Bayonetta and Viewtiful Joe.

    Of course, since hardcore gamers buy games based on hype they didn’t buy them.

  • Sentsuizan_93

    Sorry, it was WiiU or R.I.P Bayonetta.
    Could have been for PS4 or X1, but Sony and Microsoft turned a blind eye and didn’t bother to buy the franchise. Nintendo stepped up and saved it from being outright abandoned. Adding to the fact Nintendo funded for development, porting to PS4 or X1 would be tantamount to Platinum spitting on Nintendo’s face.

  • M’iau M’iaut

    I think you are done here. Banned.

  • https://twitter.com/BinksFrost Binks5

    punch a dolphin in the vagina
    right…

  • buddyluv324

    Lol! its (mostly) a joke referencing one of the angry tweets on hearing the news on Bayonetta 2 being on Wii U. He basically rants and says that he’s so mad about that news that he wants to punch a dolphin in the vagina. It was practically meme material at the time

  • https://twitter.com/BinksFrost Binks5

    interesting

  • almostautumn

    Agreed. Wii U may not be everyone’s choice, but that’s, well, their choice. Platinum is not responsible for your entertainment device preferences, and holding them responsible for your own designs should be blatantly apparent in how stupid that is.

  • Alter

    haha.. then fanboys would just say “Screw it. Don’t get cocky. Do you think you created the best game ?”, hate to say it but they were right, Bayonetta is not one of the best games.

  • JonathanisPrimus

    The only Platinum games I’ve played have been Vanquish, and Metal Gear Rising. I don’t care if Bayonetta 2 is exclusive to the Game.com, I’m just stating my opinion on their supposed goal. If you can’t handle that, that’s your problem.

  • buddyluv324

    That will be for the market to decide weather Bayonetta 2 will do well or not when its released so im leaving it at that. My point is that its getting ridiculous with people getting butthurt and wanting to kill themselves or kick a dolphin’s vagina just because their favorite game franchise is moving to a different platform. Seriously for those who are still aching over it, either shut up and buy the new system or move the fuck on. x_x

  • M’iau M’iaut

    Let’s end the rhetoric tonight please. Thanks.

  • Asura

    It’s IRRELEVANT OF THE MARKET. Bayo is Nintendo’s vanity project. They funded it when nobody else wanted to. That pays Platinum. All sales lie in the hands of Nintendo now.

  • buddyluv324

    Could you explain how weather a company can profit over an investment or not is irrelevant?. Its true that nintendo funded the game of course but one would think they would have to see if their investment backing the project was a good move or not. Being that its Nintendo its not like they’ll go under overnight if the game performs poorly. But at the same time they still have to look to their consumers and see if them investing on a 3rd party title on their new system will pay off, which we’ve seen in the past has been a hit or miss for Nintendo as of late.

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