JP Kellams Departs from Platinum Games

While Platinum Games have recently published NieR: Automata to much fanfare and rejoicing, a key staffer within the company has decided to part ways from the developer.

We’ve learned (via NeoGAF) that Platinum Games creative producer JP (Jean Pierre) Kellams (above center) has announced his departure from the company.

“15 years ago, I came to Japan to fulfill my childhood dream of making games with my heroes,” Kellams said in the Instagram post.

“No matter how hard the day, I always walked into the office in awe of the creativity around me, and with the joy that working with each and every one of my coworkers brought me. It is hard to say goodbye to them, to Platinum Games, and to Japan. Yet, embracing new challenges is part of my DNA, and after almost 10 years of working with the team (more with my Capcom/Clover days), it is time to move on to new challenges that I’m excited to share soon. I’ll be forever grateful to all people who have touched this journey, because they’ve shaped who I am.”

Kellams finished off his post by stating: “Platinum maintains its luster forever.”

While at Platinum Games, Kellams was the writer for Vanquish, creative producer on the sadly cancelled Scalebound, also worked on the English localization for various games developed at the company, including Bayonetta.

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  • SuperDuperSenpai
  • Yah this is the kind of stuff that just makes me sad to see at a big, beloved dev

  • SuperDuperSenpai

    Not saying he should pick a side, neutral is fine, but getting in jabs at them is bullshit, considering PlayAsia would be defending Platinum at less than a moment’s notice.

  • Neojames82

    When was he even commeting on? Was it about DOAX3?

  • SuperDuperSenpai

    Yup.

  • Dighunter

    One time Bayonetta was getting shit from Kotaku/Polygon and he was complaining about it and I agreed so he blocked me.
    Goooooood riddance!

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    Yes, which broke records for Play Asia.

  • Dale Frewaldt

    I’m sure he’s losing sleep over it to this day.

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    What he failed to realize is that digital distribution is hurting brick and mortar stores that focus on gaming as opposed to importers like Play-Asia. I don’t know how much longer places like EB Games can last without being swallowed up by Wal-Mart or something like that. Every time I walk by the GameStop in my city its got less games on the walls and more Funkos/T-Shirts/Hats and keychains.

  • Kiryu

    Good riddance.Gaming needs to be purged from sjws.

  • Kiryu

    Play Asia irrelevant;what stuff is this guy smoking?

  • Phasmatis75

    If not for Play Asia I wouldn’t have purchased Nier because of 8-4. They got money because Play Asia exists.

  • Phasmatis75

    They’ve needed to diversify their business for too long and they failed to. They should take a tip from UK stores and incorporate internet cafe’s into their stores.

  • Phasmatis75

    And gained them like 100k new accounts prompting them to say “worse boycott ever.”

  • Phasmatis75

    If his rotten behavior toward consumers cost him his job, he probably is.

  • LG

    This is and will always be…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7oMBq1vkCM

  • catazxy

    Idk, I never heard of him until now, how important was he really for the team?

  • Neojames82

    What a fucking tool, very glad he left then. He’s too lame to work for them anyway. And I remember seeing other people getting pissed off at Play-Asia as well when all they were calling was the truth. And they be laughing all the way to the bank.

  • Neojames82

    Probably little to none as far as I can see it.

  • SuperDuperSenpai

    Kamiya’s response on JP’s goodbye (his new twitter handle). Make of it what you will. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0d97c96699078787988066a456ff752323bd7449cfaaed025ff3131f27140a0c.jpg

  • sanic

    The guy was a bit of an ass, I expect to hear he’s joining some indie outfit in the near future.

  • Nagato

    Brandon, please don’t link directly to Gaf; there’s a crazy amount of malware and malicious redirects in the ads on that site, sometimes even capable of bypassing adblockers.

    As a PSA for the rest of you: unless you have a throwaway device of which you don’t care about getting malware on it, either stay away from that site entirely or crawl through it by manually archiving every single page.

  • Neojames82

    Well he’s Japanese, they usually don’t give shit to people that just got fired, even Kamiya.

  • Some dude

    Get your social justice ass outta there. So long and thanks for all the fish

  • RetroGamer

    Looking at Kamiya’s face and body language in the picture, you can get an idea how much he liked being around the guy.

  • RetroGamer

    Gamestop is the next Blockbuster Video.

  • scemar

    the article made him seem sympathetic, I had no clue who he was or what he did so it seemed like a sad thing that one of their guys was leaving

    but thank you based comment section for showing that guy’s nastier side
    seems like nothing of value was lost

  • chaoguy

    Yet, I’d go out on a limb and say the games _seemed_ fine.
    Bayonetta certainly didn’t have an SJW touch in localization.
    Vanquish’ story was OK.
    And Scalebound we’ll never know how much executive meddling went on.

  • InfectedAI

    Which version did you buy? Isn’t 8-4 the only English version?

  • AuraMaster DX (austin9568)
  • I usually avoid GAF unless they were the originator. Didn’t know the ads were that bad as I always have them blocked lol

  • Complainer

    I was half expecting his reply to be “Blocked”

  • mega jew

    “This is no longer blocked”

  • EroBotan

    will be nice if those kind of stuff is also included in the article in the future .. I really don’t want to say good thing to a guy then it turns out that he’s an sjw.

    while i know that kellam is an sjw, there is no way that i’ll know every sjws in gaming industry

  • Microsoft killed him

  • NukeA6

    Dude looks like the typical string bean faggot. From just that alone, I knew there was no real loss.

  • thatguyEZ

    Good, he’s a douche anyway.

  • Dighunter

    Don’t get me wrong, that was petty shit, but it tells you something when a game dev would rather side with the press shitting all over their game than their supporting consumers.

  • Dighunter

    I sometimes open it on my phone with no adblock, anything I should do?

  • MusouTensei

    I will not miss him, glad he is leaving glorious nippon completely.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Has Gamestops moves towards publishing and digital gone sour?

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    It’s always too late for Jojo.

  • Phasmatis75

    I got the Japanese version which comes with English dialog and sub titles. I wanted the Asian version, but the Japanese version met my needs. A few errors here and there, which I can only spot because they’ll drop a line of english that doesn’t show up in the subtitles, but fantastic edition never the less.

  • Fandangle

    He was mostly there for western PR.

  • Fenrir007

    He couldn’t fit it in that tweet.

  • Fenrir007

    Honestly, good riddance.

  • Nagato

    I’m not intimately familiar with the world of mobile adblockers, but the easiest course of action would be to disable Javascript for that site entirely.

  • Generic_name

    Good riddance.

  • InfectedAI

    That English isn’t the same as the 8-4 script? Makes little sense for them to have it translated into the same language twice. Also is there any word on the translation quality of the 8-4 version?

  • Zufield

    Bon Voyage, cuck goblin!

  • Phasmatis75

    Might be the 8-4 version, but I listened with Japanese audio and english subtitles. Way better experience. They can’t remove translations for content they find problematic when you listen to the Japanese version.

  • InfectedAI

    Unless you don’t know Japanese and the subs are ‘localized’.

  • Phasmatis75

    The problem there is 8-4 removes dialog they find problematic and alters dialog to suit their culturization. In all likelihood the subtitles for the japanese audio are the first translations versus the altered script for the English cast.

    I also speak a few words of Japanese, but yes not enough to know how decent the script is.

  • InfectedAI

    I know 8-4 ‘localizes’ scripts. I just think the subs are probably their localization rather than the unaltered text. Seems more likely.

  • Phasmatis75

    Culturalizes is the term they use. Localization is traslating material into another language and having it coherent. For instance the Asian region subtitles on many games are localized for English, but keep all the subtexts of the games regional origins.

    Atlus has to have Persona 5 completely redone because their localizers: culturalized (Political corrected) the script. Now it has duel audio but the extra wait time really sucked.

    I know some of their texts are altered. There are times where english words would be dropped, but wouldn’t appear in the text, but the text maintained the nature of what was being said. It’s not perfect, but you are saved from developers simply entirely altering texts or leaving the content out like 8-4 loves to do.