A new report has confirmed PlatinumGames is open to an acquisition, but only if they get to maintain their creative freedom.
When discussing the massive Activision Blizzard acquisition by Microsoft, PlatinumGames CEO Atsushi Inaba was asked if they would consider being acquired as well.
“The most important thing for us is to have the freedom to make the games that we want to make,” he said to VGC. “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.
He added, “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. 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.”
While PlatinumGames is open to an acquisition, company boss Inaba said he thinks its surprising there aren’t more acquisitions or mergers in Japan.
“I agree, you don’t see that a lot in Japan and personally, I think it’s weird,” he said. “For some of these big companies with all their money you sometimes think, ‘come on! Buy some companies up already!’ It does feel strange to see Japanese companies being passive all of the time.”
Inaba’s comments arrive not long after both he and PlatinumGames project director Hideki Kamiya both pleaded with Microsoft to resurrect Scalebound, their dragon action game they were making for Microsoft that got sadly cancelled. Perhaps Microsoft will dig up some petty cash to buy PlatinumGames too?
PlatinumGames’ next title, Sol Cresta, is launching for Windows PC (via Steam), Switch, and PS4 on February 22nd, followed by their next game, Babylon’s Fall, which is set to launch on March 3, 2022 worldwide across Windows PC (via Steam), PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. They also have Bayonetta 3 coming sometime later this year.