Platinum Games Looking To Extend SEGA Partnership
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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.

[Via 1UP]


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Comment #1 by LinKen
Friday, October 22, 2010 @ 10:46:59 AM
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Oh yeah ! Bayonetta & Vanquish are both in my top 5 Favorite 360 Games.


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Comment #2 by Swegabe
Friday, October 22, 2010 @ 10:47:25 AM
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And BAM, they're forced to make the next Sonic game. XD

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Comment #3 by Rewave Acid
Friday, October 22, 2010 @ 10:49:38 AM
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@3 at least it would have a half chance of being good

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Comment #4 by Compgeek_36
Friday, October 22, 2010 @ 10:53:04 AM
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I do hope that platinum continues to create games, but Sega seems to becoming archaic, with a lot of attention to the past... their oldies are great, but I wouldn't mind some fresh stuff, hope they renew the contract!

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Comment #5 by RobotHacker
Friday, October 22, 2010 @ 11:08:17 AM
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@3 you are comment 3....D'oh!!

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Comment #6 by ViNyLek
Friday, October 22, 2010 @ 11:10:24 AM
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I guess more ppl should buy their games brand new especially seeing how awesome they are!! That would help them stand on their own feet and not relying on others. Go Platinum^^

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Comment #8 by Patrozor
Friday, October 22, 2010 @ 11:20:44 AM
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#6 it's not everyone who got 60$ for a brand new game and yes Platinum is an awesome developer!

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Comment #9 by TooL LiSTNeR
Friday, October 22, 2010 @ 11:39:19 AM
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Sega needs Platinum Games why?

i don't think the million sonic games are profitable enough.

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Comment #10 by DOA_Rose
Friday, October 22, 2010 @ 11:55:07 AM
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2 words: Bayonetta 2

Platinum Games is one of my favorite devs, so I'd love to see more from this partnership.

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Comment #11 by Carlmundo
Friday, October 22, 2010 @ 12:31:26 PM
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SEGA would be really stupid not to keep Platinum Games on board.
The company has only recently come out of the red and needs the strongest lineup it can get.

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Comment #12 by NawtyCawty
Friday, October 22, 2010 @ 12:41:19 PM
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Am I comment 12? Who knows for sure?

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Comment #13 by Echo
Friday, October 22, 2010 @ 02:40:18 PM
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The truth is, there is no comment 13. It is only you who is comment 13. The comment makes you think it is real, but it is only in your mind. Free your mind, Neo.

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Comment #14 by Andres Rios
Friday, October 22, 2010 @ 03:27:58 PM
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Nice, hope EA does not buy this developer to mess it up the games, SEGA it's pretty good at publishing gives the freedom needed to get what the creator had in mind.

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Comment #15 by SlipkornV1
Friday, October 22, 2010 @ 04:23:19 PM
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@10: Thats a word and a number...>.> Just messing xD

More from Platinum Games is highly welcomed by me anyways. :P

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Comment #16 by Gilganomics
Friday, October 22, 2010 @ 06:18:39 PM
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Well said
But plenty seem to have $49.99 to buy used at launch. The difference in price for Vanquish new or used is $10, for Bayonetta, $5 (and Bayonetta's been out much longer).

I'm not mocking others' financial crisis (I know what's it like to have literally nothing but the clothes on my back, so don't wave poverty at me), nor am I turning a nose to those who are hunting down rare or hard to find games (which are often easier to find used), but those who take advantage of used prices just to save a few dollars (and shirk their "favorite" developers in the process)? Well, they're just traitors to their entertainment, whether they realize it or not.

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Comment #17 by CrazyRossco
Friday, October 22, 2010 @ 09:00:26 PM
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I'm pretty impressed with Platinum games so far, they're worth it.

And if it means a Bayonetta 2 then DO IT!

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Comment #18 by mr hedshots
Saturday, October 23, 2010 @ 01:21:29 AM
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I fell asleep playing the actual game Bayonetta.... somehow the demo was AMAZING.

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Comment #19 by TakahashiDemon
Saturday, October 23, 2010 @ 07:15:37 AM
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I thought they were making Bayonetta 2? Revealing Twin witch co-op? I really hope that goes ahead, I'm a big fan of any of their games, including the ones they made in Capcom.

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Comment #20 by Archvile78
Saturday, October 23, 2010 @ 08:13:18 AM
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Sega would be silly to pass up this opportunity.

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Comment #21 by sodarulz
Saturday, October 23, 2010 @ 08:18:07 AM
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Comment #22 by Bullhorse
Saturday, October 23, 2010 @ 02:38:25 PM
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bayonetta is one of the best games for the xbox 360. a sequel is an absolute MUST.

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Comment #23 by Mgetter
Saturday, October 23, 2010 @ 05:46:32 PM
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I gotta say, both Bayonetta and Vanquish are great. Theyre not afraid to try new things, on top of which theyre expertly designed, making them also very good. Heres to a successful partnership

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Comment #24 by SumHydroponic
Saturday, October 23, 2010 @ 06:34:27 PM
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Bayonetta was a great game, have yet to try out Vanquish though. I think this is a great partnership. Anyway, where is my Crazy Taxi XBLA game at Sega?

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Comment #25 by xxxxHolic
Saturday, October 23, 2010 @ 11:16:16 PM
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Sega needs to keep Platinum Games if they ever want to redeem themselves for the atrocities they've been releasing on their own. Personally, they should concentrate on their XBLA game ports while they attempt to strike some sort of collaboration between Platinum and Sonic Team. Would love to see a decent RPG, MMO or not, using the Phantasy Star "universe" but leaving the actual core gameplay mechanics to Platinum.

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Comment #26 by linktriforce007
Sunday, October 24, 2010 @ 01:21:01 AM
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@13 Are you okay, man?

Cause the words Comment #13 at the top by your GT shows that you are...Comment 13...

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Comment #27 by Echo
Sunday, October 24, 2010 @ 08:25:17 AM
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@ #21 I second that motion!

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Comment #28 by onua694
Sunday, October 24, 2010 @ 09:48:32 AM
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@21 & @27


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Comment #29 by Abused Crayon
Sunday, October 24, 2010 @ 01:29:57 PM
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I'm also down for Shenmue!

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Comment #30 by xPurple Tigerx
Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 02:34:22 AM
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@29 Agreed =)

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Comment #31 by spookyblade
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 05:08:36 AM
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baynetta and vanquish sequels anyone :) lol

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Comment #32 by Echo
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 @ 08:56:58 AM
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