Third Platinum 4 game (sort of) announced as live service title
Platinum Games has announced the third game in their promised set of four, although they haven’t been very specific about what it is.
Yesterday’s reveal of Project G.G. by Platinum Games was easily the most exciting new game announcement this year, as it became number two in the Platinum 4.
Number one was The Wonderful 101: Remastered but the reveal of number three is not so much an announcement as a statement of intent.
Nothing’s even given a codename and most of the discussion on Platinum’s website is over the fact that they’ve established a new studio in Tokyo.
In a sense the announcement is the new studio, rather than a specific game, as president and CEO Kenichi Sato talks about setting up in a new city and being able to self-publish thanks to a cash investment from Chinese conglomerate Tencent.
Studio head Atsushi Inaba is the most explicit about the new studios plans, saying that, ‘So far, the name Platinum Games has been nearly synonymous with single-player action games. But going forward, we’re looking to expand into new genres and styles of play.’
‘One of these new challenges for us is console live ops game development. These aren’t games we’d work on until they were done, and that’s all – rather, we’d continue working on them to provide new content long after release. We want to explore this ongoing development pattern in the home console space’, he adds.
Games as a service titles are much rarer in Japan than they are in the West, so it’s difficult to imagine what the new game may be, although given Platinum’s background Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World is probably one influence.
‘Our new Tokyo office will play a major role as we expand into live ops game development’, says Inaba. ‘The starting core members of our future live ops team who’ll be working there are already a part of PlatinumGames.’
As you can see, Platinum are implying multiple new ‘live ops’ games, although there’s no indication of when the first one will be out or announced.
It’s also unclear when the fourth and final game in the Platinum 4 will be revealed, or whether it’s a specific title or a more general announcement.
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