Bayonetta Dev Platinum Games Will Undergo “Significant Change” After Hiring Ex-Nintendo Executive
Nintendo veteran Takao Yamane has joined Bayonetta developer Platinum Games as the studio’s new vice president.
As reported by VGC, Platinum Games is entering a new era for the company, with Yamane joining as its new Vice President and CBO, having previously served as General Manager of Licensing and General Manager of Sales and Planning at Nintendo.
The news originally comes from Famitsu, which posted an interview with Yamane, as well as director Hidetaka Kamiya and CEO Atsushi Inaba. According to the popular Twitter aggregator nibelFamitsu’s article provided updates on what’s happening at Platinum Games right now.
For one thing, the developer is working on a new internal IP beyond Project GG, as well as several unannounced games for other publishers that are in various stages of the development cycle. And apparently some projects are small, while others are bigger.
There were also some small updates on the GG project. According to the article, there will be core functionality similar to Bayonetta’s Witch Time, and the overall project has expanded significantly since the first teaser. The Shiba Inu seen in the trailer will also be in the game, but no word if you can pet him just yet.
Platinum Games also plans to increase its headcount, aiming for over 1,000 employees (the company currently has 299 employees as of July 2022). On top of that, it wants to publish its games digitally and physically globally, and Project GG will apparently be self-published.
Finally, Tencent’s investment in Platinum Games helped develop the GG project, but other than informing the developer of certain trends, Tencent isn’t much involved in the development of the game itself.
Nintendo recently revealed the long-awaited release date for Bayonetta 3 last week, which is also set to receive a special edition.
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