Platinum Games Wants To Make Games For Steam And Do A Kickstarter

By William Usher 2012-09-24 18:21:04 discussion comments
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Platinum Games is probably best known for their console-centric action titles. The company really carved out a niche for themselves with well-regarded action titles like Vanquish, Madworld and Bayonetta, and while they're currently hard at work on Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Platinum Games' head honcho really wants to do some cool stuff on PC.

In an interview with The Verge during the Tokyo Game Show, Platinum Games' executive director Atsushi Inaba, commented saying...
"We haven't released anything on Steam yet, or any PC games for that matter, so I'm not in a position to encourage other people to do so," ... "However, I used to belong to a big publisher [Capcom]. And if you're at a big publisher, business gets carried on just seeing your game on console. Many publishers don't view PC as an important platform."

It's a sad truth that many PC gamers are left out of the offerings that many Japanese-focused publishers come up with. But it's not always PC gamers on the short end of the stick, there's sometimes a hint of xenophobia when it comes to releasing Japanese games Stateside or in any territory that isn't Asia. E.X. Troopers seems to be one of those perfect examples...while the title has picked up a ton of positive interest from gamers, instead Capcom is feeding the more Americanized, standard-fare Hollywood-blockbuster our way with Lost Planet 3.

Anyway, Inaba went on to say...
"Console game development budgets are really big,"... "so we need publishing partners to create those games. I was thinking — with our own money — about creating a PC title for Steam. It would give us the possibility to become a publisher, which is very attractive to me."

"If you think about the console market in Japan, and compare it to the world, it's not that big," ... "So I view the PC as an area with huge potential. It would be great if we could do a Kickstarter and gather enough money for a game to be released on Steam."

I'm pretty sure gamers would kickstart a project from Platinum Games...heck, even if it were just to fund the port of a game like Vanquish to PC – just think about the modding possibilities – I would fund that for a dollar...or two.

Inaba also mentions that Valve seems to be a very “open-minded” company and while he mentioned there were things he couldn't talk about, the general gist of the interview seemed to hint at a pure joy and excitement for designing games for the PC platform that extended beyond the standard half-arsed console port. That should be exciting news for PC gamers.

For now, though, Platinum is busy with Anarchy Reigns, The Wonderful 101, the upcoming Metal Gear Rising: Revegengeance and the Nintendo Wii U exclusive, Bayonetta 2.
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