Head of development at Platinum Games, Atsushi Inaba, has revealed that the renowned studio is currently busy working on two new independent IPs.
Speaking in an interview with Game Informer, Inaba revealed the plans for the studio moving forward. It seems that they won’t be targeting the AAA space, nor the indie one, instead positioning somewhere in between, a point backed up in the interview; “We can’t put together a AAA, $10 million-plus game, because we just don’t have that sort of cash as an independent developer. However, we don’t plan to go the indies route with just a few people on a team making a game, so it’ll be somewhere in the middle, looking at probably about 20 people on the staff making the game, so that’ll still be a healthy [size].”
Platinum Games have seen their fair share of bad luck over the past few years with their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game losing its licensing rights and being pulled from sale, as well as their Microsoft-published fantasy game Scalebound being cancelled partway through development.
A sound comparison to make in regards to the studio’s new strategy is to that of Ninja Theory who released Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice last year. Hellblade was positioned as an “independent AAA” title and was priced accordingly. The game sold well and was a critical success so here’s hoping Platinum Games can replicate the same results.