PlatinumGames’ third announcement in the “Platinum 4” series of announcements isn’t a game, but instead a new studio based in Tokyo that will be focusing on live service games.
The studio, simply called PlatinumGames Tokyo, will be opening in April of this year, and according to a statement by company Vice President and Studio Head Atsushi Inaba on the studio’s website, will be dedicated to facilitating the shift from single player developer into one that is capable of creating live service games that can be constantly updated along the lines of something like Destiny or Fortnite.
“So far, the name PlatinumGames has been nearly synonymous with single-player action games,” Inaba said. “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.”
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Though these games will likely be online multiplayer games, Inaba hints that whatever PlatinumGames Tokyo develops will be in line with the action genre the studio is known for.
“PlatinumGames Tokyo is home to both developers interested in refining PlatinumGames-style gameplay and developers who are interested in exploring live ops support. They’ll be hard at work on electrifying content for you soon.”
The studio appears to be focusing primarily on console games. While some members of the team have experience working in the mobile market, PlatinumGames Tokyo is targeting consoles first. Given that the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are coming out this year, it’s likely that the studio’s debut game will launch on those in the next few years.
This is the second announcement PlatinumGames has put out into the world this week, as just yesterday the company unveiled Project G.G., the studio’s first foray into self-publishing since it partnered with Tencent. Along with Project G.G., PlatinumGames Tokyo, and presumably Bayonetta 3 somewhere in the mix, Platinum is also porting The Wonderful 101 to modern systems, which it gained the funding for through a Kickstarter campaign earlier this month.