Platinum says it will “change significantly” by hiring ex-Nintendo execs
PlatinumGames has ushered in a new era for the company, appointing former Nintendo General Manager of Licensing and General Manager of Sales and Planning, Takao Yamane, as its new Vice President and CBO.
The nomination will be explained in detail tomorrow in an interview with Famitsu. Current Vice President Hideki Kamiya and current CEO Atsushi Inaba were also present during the interview.
Prior to joining Platinum, Yamane served for seven years as the General Manager of Nintendo’s licensing department.
Prior to that, he oversaw planning and strategy within Nintendo of Europe. Before joining NOE, he first spent time at Nintendo as Vice President of Nintendo France.
Platinum has undergone several high profile personnel changes this year. After the company’s co-founder, Atsushi Inaba, took over as CEO, he said he wanted Platinum to take on bigger and riskier gaming projects.
However, some players were concerned when Inaba seemed to suggest focusing more on live service games. He said he would like the company to create more games that “can be enjoyed and enjoyed for a longer period of time,” compared to those in which players experience “one-off” content like in Bayonetta.
In an interview with VGC, Kamiya told VGC that Platinum wants to be known as more than “just the action game company”.
“I think in terms of fan expectations of linear action games like NieR and Bayonetta, we understand that we get some respect for the action games we’ve made, and we’re always happy to hear it,” he said. “But we don’t want to be labeled as ‘the action game company’, we want to be labeled as a company that cares about original and fun gameplay.
“Something like Sol Cresta is not that black sheep, where it’s totally different…it still feels like family because at the end of the day, it feels like it’s something original and fun that we wanted to do. Hopefully with the things we do in the future, that philosophy will become more apparent to our fans.
Nintendo finally announced the release date for Bayonetta 3 last week, nearly five years after the game was originally announced. It will be released as a Switch exclusive on October 28.