Platinum Games is no stranger to bombas, with practically every title that it’s developed flopping at some point or other. But you may remember that not too long ago, the studio was put in a difficult position: Xbox One exclusive Scalebound was cancelled, and NieR: Automata didn’t look like it was going to set cash registers alight. Look, let’s not forget that the original NieR killed developer Cavia – and it sounds like the Bayonetta maker was heading down a similar path.
But, of course, director Yoko Taro’s wall-breaking tale about a group of androids turned out to be a critical darling – and its sales were well above expectations, too. In fact, so successful has the title been that industry veteran Hideki Kamiya believes that it may have single-handedly saved the studio. “Normally, I can't help but do everything by myself… It's a pitiful story, but to say that Yoko-san saved Platinum would not be an exaggeration. I cannot thank him enough,” he said.
Platinum Games is one of the industry’s most beloved developers, so that it’s managed to pull through a rough time is really heartening to hear. We wonder if there’ll be more NieR in the pipeline – it seems reasonable to expect another entry given just how popular Automata has proven. Is that something you’d like to see? Become as gods in the comments section below.