Nier Automata Studio Wants To Create ‘Riskier’ Games, Hints At Live Service

The CEO of Nier and Bayonetta studio PlatinumGames, Atsushi Inaba, has said he wants to create riskier, larger games, and even hints at a live service title.

Speaking to Famitsu (translated by VGC), Inaba discussed some of the future plans for the Bayonetta and Nier: Automata studio.

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Inaba was recently promoted as CEO of PlatinumGames and when asked how he intends to run the company, he replied: “[former CEO Kenichi Sato] laid the foundation for the company, but I’d like to return to the original ethos of Platinum Games.”.

Inaba continued: “If we can no longer create new ways to play, then there is no reason for us to exist, and if that happens, I think it would be better to dissolve the company, no matter how profitable it is. I’d like to go back to our raison d’etre and create new games on a larger scale in a more pure manner.

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What is Project GG?

Last year, PlatinumGames announced Project GG. Little is known about the upcoming game, but it’s said to be a spiritual successor to Viewtiful Joe and The Wonderful 101. Inaba provided some further details on what Project GG is all about.

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Project G.G. is still in the stage of testing various things, so I can’t tell you much about it, but 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.

Of course, we would like to cherish and create small but brilliantly conceived games such as Sol Cresta, and games in which you can enjoy the process of clearing the game by going through one-off, well-designed stages, such as Bayonetta,” concluded the CEO.

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Are there plans for a live service game?

Inaba also seemed to hint that PlatinumGames has plans to venture into the live service market for future projects. So will PlatiunumGames compete with the likes of Fortnite, Destiny and Apex Legends?

However, 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.

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Sadly, there was no word in regards to a Bayonetta 3 release date. Bayonetta 3 was announced five years ago for the Nintendo Switch. However, we were treated to the first-ever gameplay trailer for Bayonetta 3 last year.

What are your thoughts on the prospect of PlatinumGames exploring the world of the live service and are you still excited for Bayonetta 3? Let us know across our social media channels.

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