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Platinum Games recently acquired significant investment from Chinese juggernaut Tencent, securing the Japanese studio’s future as it explores self-publishing. However, the outcome was almost very different, as Microsoft was allegedly looking to buy the Bayonetta developer last year. This tidbit comes courtesy of reliable insider Brad Sams, who claims that the deal either fell apart or went in a different direction.

While it seems that an offer was on the table, Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad added that the company was looking for funding, and therefore was talking to many major players. It’s of course perfectly plausible that both Nintendo and Sony were in these discussions, especially given the former’s tight relationship with the firm. Fortunately, its current situation means that it will be free to continue creating PlayStation games, beginning with Babylon’s Fall.

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