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Platinum Games to Self-Publish Original Games in the Future

Despite becoming a go-to developer for companies looking for real muscle behind a new IP, Platinum Games is apparently looking to start publishing their own games in the near future.

“We’re becoming more and more interested in the idea of self-publishing and doing our own title,” Platinum Games’ head of development Atsushi Inaba said in an interview with Game Informer.

Inaba noted that until recently, their team worked on properties for a multitude of publishers. When asked what self-publishing would be like for the company, Inaba noted changes over the past year:

“We’ve pretty much opened the company up to ‘Anybody can pitch a game,’ and so over the last year we’ve gotten about 70 design documents from different people,” Inaba said. “So this year has been about us basically diluting which stuff we wanted to focus on and not focus on, and drilling down to the point where we now have two designs that we’re genuinely focused on.”

Inaba also pointed out that while the desire to make a game has the entire team motivated, there are challenges, especially when the floor is opened up to pitches:

“That being said, if you’re going to put 20 people on the development, it has to be something that’s on brand and on topic, and obviously when people think of the PlatinumGames brand, they expect crazy hardcore action, right,” Inaba said. “We have to be reticent of that. We want to surprise them by the fact that we’re doing this independent title and hopefully get support from the fanbase.”

As per their upcoming third Bayonetta game, Inaba also confirmed they will continue working on AAA games with publishers because there’s too much financial risk with only doing self-published games without a big source of income. Some publisher-funded projects, like Scalebound (pictured), were also a risk and ended up getting cancelled.

“Doing something on our own, self-publishing it, releasing it, all of that is a challenge for us, but right now everybody is incredibly motivated and working on that,” he said.

What kind of self-published games would you like to see come out of Platinum Games? Sound off in the comments below!


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87 comments
  1. Madbrainbox
    Madbrainbox
    December 29, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    They should do a Scalebound style game.I’d love to play that.

  2. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    December 29, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    They probably realized that the industry is full of cucks like Activison and Microsoft. Never trust a company that the founder decided to name after his dick.

    The only hope for Platinum is to allow themselves to be bought out by Nintendo.

  3. TophatKiyaki
    TophatKiyaki
    December 29, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Hey, if they got the resources for it, go for it. Don’t fall into the same trap that FromSoft did.

  4. Person Man
    Person Man
    December 29, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    I like the sound of this.

  5. Migi
    Migi
    December 29, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    They should have done that with Bayonetta 2 instead of making it Nintendo exclusive.

  6. Amethyst Eclipse
    Amethyst Eclipse
    December 29, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Translation:It’s okay to cuck out when I like the company.

  7. Slartibartfast
    Slartibartfast
    December 29, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    The rough idea of Scalebound was very interesting; a Platinum Game with co-op multiplayer, albeit slower that their usual crazy action flair to account for network latency.

    We don’t really know how well it was gonna work out. We never saw any hands-on playable builds before it was cancelled, only scripted in-engine trailers.

    It’d be interesting to see them try to take a crack at it again, assuming they think they can pull it off.

  8. Madbrainbox
    Madbrainbox
    December 29, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    He wants Platinum to be like him.The difference would be that he does it for free.

  9. Eldhin Shichiou
    Eldhin Shichiou
    December 29, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    So there’s still hope for Scalebound? Fkng great!

  10. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    December 29, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    I wouldn’t mind seeing what Platinum can do without a giant company constantly looking over their shoulder.

  11. This is Mugen Tenshin
    This is Mugen Tenshin
    December 29, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Nier: Automata 2 confirmed, this time with flying dragons!

  12. Izu-3
    Izu-3
    December 29, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    I’d be excited to see how well they could blend their gameplay mantras into different genres in interesting ways. They’re experts in their craft, it’d be cool to see them shake up an otherwise pretty ‘standard’ genre with that big injection of crazy.

  13. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    December 29, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    This is some really good news.

  14. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    December 29, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Platinum wasn’t as well known as they are now back then though.

  15. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    December 29, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I’d love to see Kamiya’s original vision before Microsoft’s meddling.

  16. iswear12
    iswear12
    December 29, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Excellent. This can only be a good thing.

  17. RichardGristle
    RichardGristle
    December 29, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    That would be a death sentence. Their most relevant games – MG:Rising, Automata, and Bayonetta 1 – all sold on non-Nintendo platforms.

  18. GameZard
    GameZard
    December 29, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    About time!

  19. GameZard
    GameZard
    December 29, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Nah as Microsoft owns Scalebound sadly.

  20. GameZard
    GameZard
    December 29, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Hell No! Nintendo kills creativity.

  21. sAy_YaS
    sAy_YaS
    December 29, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    I would like them to take over Binary Domain.

  22. buddyluv324
    buddyluv324
    December 29, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    With Nier Automata blowing up as big as it did, hopefully this next move of there’s along with Bayonetta 3 could get them to a more consistent run that they need to keep afloat

  23. 2501
    2501
    December 29, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    If this means more unique PG games and less Bayonetta/MGR clones, then i’m looking forward to it.

  24. Gray
    Gray
    December 29, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Oh, jeez. Whatever they want to make, really. Maybe we’ll see a full-blown shump out of them?

  25. JonahTHD
    JonahTHD
    December 29, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    I’m still waiting for FromSoft to make a new Ace Combat game….(And though wishful thinking, perhaps another game like 3D Dot Game Heroes.)

  26. goodbyejojo
    goodbyejojo
    December 29, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    sadly even pg has tarnished its reputation by making mediocre games, no longer do i jump from excitement, when i hear a new pg project.

  27. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    December 29, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I wasn’t aware that Nintendo killed Bayonetta 2 and never released it.

  28. GameZard
    GameZard
    December 29, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    I wrote they kill creativity not killed bayo 2. But they kind of killed it as the game sold like shit on Wii U.

  29. A Loli 42 penises
    A Loli 42 penises
    December 29, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    they have been redeeming themselves lately, both Bayonetta 2 and NiER Automata were amazing.

    Thinking back, the mediocre games were more a result of them being in a really bad financial situation, they’re first few games (MadWorld and the first Bayonetta) didn’t sell very well at launch and left them financially stranded, eventually they had to rely on licensed cartoon games that gave them a really strict budget and time-frame to make them.

    They can do Magic when they have funding the problem is when they don’t.

  30. Amethyst Eclipse
    Amethyst Eclipse
    December 29, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    He loves watching his wife cosplay as Bayonetta while getting ploughed by her Mario hat wearing boyfriend.

  31. A Loli 42 penises
    A Loli 42 penises
    December 29, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Personally, I’d like to see a reimagining of the original Drakengard! with all the rape, incest, murder, and baby-eating!

  32. A Loli 42 penises
    A Loli 42 penises
    December 29, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    you do know that if it wasn’t for Nintendo Bayonetta would have been dead and buried right?

  33. EroBotan
    EroBotan
    December 29, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    next articles: Platinum Games has decided to start a publishing office in San Fransicko

  34. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    December 29, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    It did so terribly Bayonetta got into Smash Bros, another exclusive sequel, and a port of the games that ‘’’’’bombed’’’’ on Wii U.

  35. This is Mugen Tenshin
    This is Mugen Tenshin
    December 29, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    In other words… Nier: Automata 2, this time with flying dragons!

  36. totenglocke
    totenglocke
    December 29, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Bayonetta 2 was only made because Nintendo fronted the money. Platinum is also on the record saying that not only did Nintendo not interfere, but they actively encouraged Platinum to make the game more adult.

  37. Trent Silvernail
    Trent Silvernail
    December 29, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Self-publish Scalebound under new name since Microsoft renewed it. Maybe Dragonized?

  38. Andrew
    Andrew
    December 30, 2017 at 1:39 am

    They should go to Kickstarter or Fig once they have a working Alpha. I would love to see Platinum Games end up financially independent.

  39. Nope Naw
    Nope Naw
    December 30, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Kickstarter then. Fuck Fig.

  40. Madbrainbox
    Madbrainbox
    December 30, 2017 at 4:06 am

    Never paid close attention to fig.Did they scam people or something?

  41. iswear12
    iswear12
    December 30, 2017 at 4:37 am

    Its made by or has connections to Tim Schafer, who’s an absolute slimeball
    I forget if they scammed people or not but that alone should tip people off to not use it

  42. True Goddess Reincarnation
    True Goddess Reincarnation
    December 30, 2017 at 4:51 am

    Is that Hex in your avatar

  43. True Goddess Reincarnation
    True Goddess Reincarnation
    December 30, 2017 at 4:52 am

    This time with good gameplay…

  44. True Goddess Reincarnation
    True Goddess Reincarnation
    December 30, 2017 at 4:53 am

    People still don’t get this…

  45. Madbrainbox
    Madbrainbox
    December 30, 2017 at 5:07 am

    Tim is a consultant.Which is a good thing.You just do the opposite of what he’s saying.

  46. Migi
    Migi
    December 30, 2017 at 5:17 am

    Not really, If they do self-publishing they could have still made Bayonetta 2 onlyat a later date.

  47. A Loli 42 penises
    A Loli 42 penises
    December 30, 2017 at 6:04 am

    No, they couldn’t. They were in a really bad financial situation. Had Nintendo not stepped in they might have had to close their doors.

  48. Migi
    Migi
    December 30, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Sorry but if Nier Automata didn’t get high sales they would have closed meaning they couldn’t have made all that much money of the Second game anyway. If i recall first week sales 38,828 were beyond a joke.

  49. A Loli 42 penises
    A Loli 42 penises
    December 30, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Yes. NIER Automata was amazing and finally got platinum out of the red zone. But the partnership with Nintendo kept them on live support.

  50. SevTheBear
    SevTheBear
    December 30, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Sounds good. If they can make games they want to make without a 3 party publisher bitching, it’s all good.

  51. GameZard
    GameZard
    December 30, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Porting Bayo 2 to switch was the best way for Nintendo to make up with the WII U fuck up.

  52. 2501
    2501
    December 30, 2017 at 9:03 am

    How about you buy a Wii-U and play the damn game already. Nier didn’t exactly save Platinum financially, it’s not like Transformers Devastation, TMNT or Star Fox Zero sold poorly, they where just shit Platinum games. Scalebound was gonna be their ace in the hole but it got canned. All Nier did was redeem their poor track-record.

    But the fact is, Nintendo deserves Bayonetta because they are the only ones in the industry that cared enough to turn Bayonetta into the franchise that it is today, they certainly treated the IP better than Sega ever did.

  53. Migi
    Migi
    December 30, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Actually Platinum games said themselves that Nier automata saved them from closing shop, Also can’t believed how triggered you Nintendo fanboys are for simply saying that brining the game to other platform would have been far better.

    Why would i buy a piece of garbage console like the WiiU? Bayonetta in a franshice liek it is today? you mean 38.000 made the game a big franchise? those big numbers of people playing the game and making the game popular aren’t those Nintendo fans but th people who played the first on another console and then PC so Nintendo has little real impact on it.

  54. malbhet
    malbhet
    December 30, 2017 at 9:53 am

    They should release it on all platforms except the xbox one, just as a big middle finger to microsoft out of spite for canceling Scalebound in the first place and almost putting Platinum out of business by wasting their valuable time.

  55. 2501
    2501
    December 30, 2017 at 9:58 am

    If Nintendo cared that much about ‘first week sales’ then they wouldn’t go out of their way to announce a new Bayonetta game or even have her in Smash. Any other publisher would’ve just dropped it, that just shows how much Nintendo loves this character. Bayonetta 2 may not of sold more units than it’s predecessor, but it is the most superior game of the two.

  56. Nope Naw
    Nope Naw
    December 30, 2017 at 10:34 am

    As iswear12 said, the connection to Tim Schafer is a prime reason to avoid it, but he’s not the only person from Double Fine involved. The guy who owns Fig, the publisher (not Fig the website, yes they’re separate for some reason) is a former COO from, you guessed it, Double Fine.

    There’s also the very skeevy nature of the entire operation. They pretend to let people buy shares and become investors, but there’s a huge caveat there: if you invest in one of their scams… i mean “campaigns”, you don’t get any of the rights a shareholder investor would normally be granted, because if you aren’t an accredited investor, you can’t actually invest in securities/shares. So they’re selling people a Fun Buck version of shares. You have no voting rights, no right to sell or transfer your share until six months after your investment, and very bad recourses to get your investment back if shit goes sideways. And here’s the kicker, Fig, according to their ToS, have no obligation to actually pay you the money that is promised from the investment. So if they don’t want to give you the money, they can just decide not to. Further, if Fig wants, they can just take your investment and push it into another project, that you didn’t invest in.

    People are allowed to do what they want, but I would never touch Fig in any capacity, and would urge anyone contemplating it to reconsider.

  57. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    December 30, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Ace Combat? You mean Armored Core? From never made any Ace Combat games.

  58. JonahTHD
    JonahTHD
    December 30, 2017 at 10:37 am

    D’oh! That’s what I meant. -facedesk-

  59. JonahTHD
    JonahTHD
    December 30, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Yes it is. Hex Maniac best maniac.

  60. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    December 30, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Yeah, I’m not getting why he’s so focused on Japan only first week sales when long-term it sold alright for a Wii U game. Hopefully the Switch version does better though.

  61. Migi
    Migi
    December 30, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Why would Nintendo invest in a new franchise while they could now try anew to get some hardcore gamers for the SWITCH, Cause their new approach with the SWITCH is getting the hardcore back. Sorry but having her in smash means nothing cause they also have Snake and Sonic and they aren’t even Nintendo best sellers. I’m thinking of getting a SWITCH for these games but i feel they’ d be better of as mulitplatform titles, I think they’d look a lot better and be a lot bigger.

  62. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    December 30, 2017 at 10:43 am

    I just wish Treehouse would be so encouraging.

  63. True Goddess Reincarnation
    True Goddess Reincarnation
    December 30, 2017 at 10:55 am

    post source

  64. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    December 30, 2017 at 10:58 am

    >Travis
    >Wife
    Not with his face.

  65. totenglocke
    totenglocke
    December 30, 2017 at 11:05 am

    I wish Treehouse would be burned to the ground and everyone there blacklisted from the industry.

  66. Amethyst Eclipse
    Amethyst Eclipse
    December 30, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Oh now you have me curious.

  67. Eldhin Shichiou
    Eldhin Shichiou
    December 30, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Yeah, they own “Scalebound” IP, but that just means Platinum Games can change just the necesary stuff to consider it a “different” game

  68. Maelstrom
    Maelstrom
    December 30, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Bayo 3 will probably sell a ton with how well the switch was doing and with Bayo 2 getting a re-release before it

  69. Nope Naw
    Nope Naw
    December 30, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    “… Transformers Devastation…”
    “… they where just shit Platinum games. …”

    What? Star Fox and TMNT I can understand, but Devastation was a freaking marvel to play. The only legitimate complaint about it is that it’s somewhat short and has exactly one segment that isn’t much fun.

  70. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    December 30, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    They already announced the new Armored Core.

  71. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    December 30, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    A place that has too many having had burned their supporters and a con game; real good choices you got there.

  72. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    December 30, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Devastation was bad?

  73. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    December 30, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    “cucks like Activison and Microsoft”
    Implying they’re not alpha predators.

  74. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    December 30, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    A cucking just isn’t a Touchdown without the hat finishing on her after the plumber lays down to rest.

  75. JonahTHD
    JonahTHD
    December 30, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Oh, I must’ve missed that. Thanks for the info, mate.

  76. Madbrainbox
    Madbrainbox
    December 30, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    I see.Well,this looks like a series of solid arguments against it.

  77. Madbrainbox
    Madbrainbox
    December 30, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Call it Dragonboud or some other nonsense and change the protagonist.

  78. MILFlover
    MILFlover
    December 31, 2017 at 2:39 am

    They should have went with Sony. Microsoft doesn’t care about single player games.

  79. Andrew
    Andrew
    December 31, 2017 at 2:58 am

    You either trust Platinum Games to make good or you don’t. Crowdfunding can work well for good developers.

  80. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    December 31, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    How’s their money management?

  81. ProxyDoug
    ProxyDoug
    January 1, 2018 at 7:57 am

    And Armored Core X Ace Combat game would be neat though.

  82. ProxyDoug
    ProxyDoug
    January 1, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Don’t jinx it

  83. ProxyDoug
    ProxyDoug
    January 1, 2018 at 8:02 am

    Godspeed you magnificent bastards

  84. MILFlover
    MILFlover
    January 1, 2018 at 10:40 am

    The wii u is fucking garbage os and hardware wise but man when you hack it that shit is amazing

  85. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    January 1, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Never knew how much I wanted that.

  86. Khirt
    Khirt
    January 2, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Nier in general is quite mild in comparison to the original Drakengard tough.