Interesting quotes from PlatinumGames CEO Atsushi Inaba are currently doing the rounds online. Speaking to Famitsu (as translated by VGC), Inaba comments on the Japanese studio's future output. As you may already know, Platinum has long been an action title powerhouse, primarily creating intense but relatively short single-player games.
Inaba's words suggest that the developer could be planning titles with live service elements. He says: "When it comes to future game production, we want to focus on creating games that are different from the past. I would like to focus on creating games that can be enjoyed and loved for a longer period of time."
Inaba goes on to say that a changing industry is a key driving force behind this decision: "The projects that we are trying to create for the future will be different in terms of their structure. Considering the changes in the market over the next five years or so, I think it is absolutely necessary for us to do this. I’m sorry for being so vague, but I think that’s all I can tell you right now."
Of course, this isn't Inaba outright confirming that PlatinumGames will soon be pushing live service design, but it's clearly being hinted at. Again, the studio has a very well respected history of creating largely great action-based properties, but it's never been a hugely profitable company. Branching out might just be a necessity if it's looking to remain a big player.
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