Platinum Games Looking To Extend SEGA Partnership
Written Friday, October 22, 2010 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
With Platinum Games' four game partnership deal with SEGA now at an end as Vanquish rockets into stores, it's easy to see why the developer is keen to continue working with the deal, which has seen Bayonetta and Vanquish joined by gory Wii action title MadWorld and DS sci-fi game Infinite Space.
Speaking to Develop, Platinum Games' Executive Producer, Atsushi Inaba said that talks are currently underway and that the dev is open to extending the partnership. And why wouldn't they?
"Yes you're correct, we have made the four titles in our contract," Inaba explained. "The partnership has been great, and we are in talks with SEGA now, but there's nothing concrete we can say about it at the moment."
Apparently, Platinum's deal with SEGA gave the developer a great deal of freedom, which has been the main reason for Inaba wanting to continue working with the publisher. "When we created Platinum Games, we of course talked to a lot of publishers, and SEGA offered us the most freedom to develop games. I think the partnership has been great, and I'm really grateful for their support," he said. "For the future of our partnership, of course, it's not something that we alone can decide. SEGA has its stance, and we have ours, but if SEGA asks us to make something we might take the offer."
That stance might involve ownership over IPs, which SEGA own in exchange for creative freedom. Inaba said that this "was a fair deal" before adding that "we would like to eventually be a company that owns its IPs," which is part of the producer's "grand vision" for the developer.
More titles in the Bayonetta and Vanquish mould would be immensely welcome, so we can only hope that SEGA and Platinum reach an agreement soon.