PlatinumGames Shares Possible Negotiations For Acquisition If Creative Freedom Is Guaranteed According To CEO Statement


Posted on February 15, 2022 by Nick Moreno

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Currently, developer PlatinumGames is an independent developer. Although the team is working with Nintendo and  Square Enix on Bayonetta 3 and Babylon’s Fall respectively, the firm is considered to be its own establishment outside the bearings of an overarching publisher. The firm guaranteed this with its Platinum4 initiative over a year ago. However, there is still a window for the firm to find a new home.

As we are already familiar, the developer is close to releasing a second sequel exclusive to Nintendo’s platform. There is an understanding as to the firm considering becoming a Nintendo team. So far, the Astral Chain IP too is an official Nintendo franchise. Additionally, the series is also slated for a trilogy last reported in 2019 following its reveal.

According to a statement given by PlatinumGames CEO Atsushi Inaba, the chances are still on the table for an acquisition. However, the firm asks for creative freedom if it is bought out by a larger company when commenting on the ongoing plans for Microsoft’s arrangement for Activision Blizzard.

The most important thing for us is to have the freedom to make the games that we want to make. What I hear about the recent acquisitions, I don’t think Microsoft is going to start micromanaging Activision to where they take away all their freedom… I don’t think it’s going to be a relationship like that.

“I think there’s going to be a lot of mutual respect there and I think Activision will be able to continue doing what they do best.” Adding, “That’s also what’s most important to us at the end of the day, whatever form that takes for us and our company. So I would not turn anything down, as long as our freedom was still respected.”

If there was one candidate to give the team what it is looking for – its Microsoft. While many continue to grow concerned about the Xbox firm’s involvement with teams after its acquisition, it has proven to be the opposite. Following the arrangement of Double Fine Productions, founder Tim Schafer told that the deal gave support for boss battles to not be left on the cutting room floor.

Previously, claims arose on the chances of Microsoft purchasing PlatinumGames. However, the team went on to denounce the rumors. In a more recent report from Hitpoints, industry analyst Dr. Serkan Toto explained cultural barriers is the Xbox company’s weakness in attempting to buyout a Japanese studio. You can read the full report by heading here.

Which company do you believe would be a good opportunity for PlatinumGames?

Source: Video Game Chronicles

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