Probably to make up for the fourth announcement being an April Fool’s Day joke, PlatinumGames has added a fifth announcement slot to its “Platinum 4” website.
For the uninitiated, “Platinum 4” is a series of four (now five) reveals the Nier: Automata and Bayonetta studio had lined up for this year. The first was a Kickstarter campaign to bring Wii U exclusive The Wonderful 101 to modern platforms, including the Switch, PS4, and Steam. The campaign was very successful right out the gate, and received ¥235,320,528 of its ¥5,425,000 goal, which is roughly just above $2 million.
Announcement #2 was Project G.G., a new IP that will be both developed and published internally at PlatinumGames. While that won’t be the final title for the game, it is being marketed as the “powerful climax to the Hideki Kamiya superhero trilogy,” in reference to Viewtiful Joe and The Wonderful 101 before it. There’s not much concrete information about what exactly this game is, but the hero saved a dog in the first trailer, so they seem to be a good sort.
Next up was the formation of PlatinumGames Tokyo, a new studio set to open up this month that will focus on service-based games for consoles. While this studio works on frequently-updated games like Destiny or Overwatch, the company’s original studio is continuing to develop single-player action games the PlatinumGames name is known for.
Then finally, earlier this week on April Fool’s Day the fourth announcement was made, which was a fake trailer for a sequel to Moon Cresta and Terra Cresta called Sol Cresta.
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- The Last of Us: Part II and Iron Man VR Delayed “Until Further Notice”
- Steam’s Wacky Thursday: Fallout 76, Sea of Thieves, and Final Fantasy IX
- Gearbox CEO Reportedly Tells Financially-Slighted Devs They Can Quit if They’re Unhappy
But now, to make up for the one fake announcement, PlatinumGames has added this fifth announcement to round out the actual “Platinum 4.” While right now it’s only represented with a “5” and a “coming soon” on the official website, that hasn’t stopped speculation from rising once again about what this reveal might be.
While it could possibly be a sequel to Nier: Automata, it’s worth remembering that Square-Enix already had a blowout of Nier news just earlier this week, so if there was a time for that announcement to happen it was probably then. Other theories are that we’ll finally see more of Bayonetta 3, which PlatinumGames has been very quiet about since its original unveiling at the 2017 Game Awards.
But given that the other “Platinum 4” announcements have been used to confirm new projects, maybe Bayonetta 3 doesn’t quite hit the criteria the company has been using so far. But I would love to be wrong on that front, because we could all use a new Bayonetta right about now.
All of these announcements and developments come after PlatinumGames entered an investment deal with Tencent, which has helped the company enter self-publishing in a way it hasn’t in the past. Even some of the studio’s biggest games were published by other companies, like Square-Enix with Nier: Automata and Nintendo with Bayonetta 2.