PlatinumGames is a popular studio as it is behind many unusual titles that are also notorious hits, including Bayonetta, The Wonderful 101 Remastered, and Vanquish. It would not be surprising if a larger publisher or company proposed an offer of acquisition, but it appears that the studio isn’t interested in such a deal.
The head of the Xbox Division has stated several times in the past that a Japanese developer would be a great addition to the portfolio of first-party studios associated with the Xbox brand.
No deal for now
The head of PlatinumGames, Atsushi Inaba, offered an interview to a popular gaming news outlet recently, and the topic of a potential acquisition has been approached. According to Inaba selling the studio is not an option at this point as PlatinumGames continues to explore self-publishing with the release of The Wonderful 101 Remastered and the idea of fully-owned IPs, with Project GG being in development.
He acknowledged the rumors related to Microsoft’s potential interested in the studio but mentioned that no offers had been made at this point. It was also mentioned that even if Microsoft decided to approach the company with a deal, the likely answer would be no.
Freedom without boundaries
Inaba clarified that collaboration with Microsoft could be taken into account as the studio has developed exclusive titles in the past. However, a complete takeover would limit the ability of the studio to explore exciting gameplay mechanics and IPs, and creative freedom has been a core part of PlatinumGames since it was founded.
Phill Spencer, the head of the Xbox Division, has stated earlier this year during an interview that more efforts are needed to consolidate the popularity of Xbox consoles in Japan, and the a better strategy will be developed and employed in the future. The lack of many games made by Japanese studios on the platform is a likely culprit, even if the situation has improved in recent years.