“We want to expand in new genres and play styles,” says Studio Chef Atsushi Inaba.
The first two announcements in PlatinumGames, “Platinum 4” were those for games, one of which was the Wonderful 101: Remastered and the second is a new action title, projekt GG, directed by Hideki Kamiya. However, the third was not a game, but the news that Platinum expands and opened a new studio in Tokyo.
In a new update divided by the developer (and soon also by the Publisher), the main purpose of this new studio was revealed – and it is not one that you expected. The new studio of PlatinumGames in Tokyo will focus on developing live service games for consoles called “live OPS” titles.
“So far, the name PlatinumGames was almost synonymous with single player action games,” said Atsushi Inaba, studio director of Platinum. “But in the future we want to expand into new genres and play styles. One of these new challenges for us is the development of console live ops games. These are not games where we would work until they are done, and that’s all – rather, we would work for a long time after publication to provide new content. We want to examine this continuous development pattern in the home console.
“Our new office in Tokyo will play an important role when we devote ourselves to the development of live ops games. The first members of our future live ops teams who will work there are already part of PlatinumGames.
“Platinum Games Tokyo is home to both developers who are interested in refining the gameplay in PlatinumGames style, as well as developers interested in supporting live ops. They will soon work hard to electrify content for them. “
One of the above-mentioned core persons in the new studio, which will monitor the development of these live service games, Motoi Fujita, which has worked on about 8 different sports games for mobile platforms, were live surgery. “
“From now on, Platinum Games is facing the challenge of developing live ops titles for consoles,” said Fujita. “Platinum has already achieved a supportive fan base that produces packaged console games. For live ops titles, it is an important step to find a follower for the title, so Platinum definitely has an advantage here. And I believe this can also be a change to introduce a new wave of fans into the titles of PlatinumGames. It is exciting to think about how we can extend here the playing field.
“After working on both consoles and mobile devices, package and live operations, I was able to understand both sides of the development. I hope to connect these two ways of thinking to develop some really amazing games. Since I spent almost half of my career in project management, I hope to create an environment in which the development team feels free to follow its creativity. “
Given the success that Platinum Games has achieved with their individual player titles (from a critical point of view, if not always from a commercial point of view), it should be interesting to see what they come up with on the live service market. Games-AS-A-Service is a concept that has not always been properly implemented properly in the industry despite its great potential of developers and publishers in the industry. We therefore hope that Platinum has more success.
In the meantime, you should definitely check out projekt ggs first teaser trailer here.
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