Platinum Games is quickly making a name for itself as one of the most exciting developers to watch this generation. They've pumped out some high profile titles such as Mad World, Infinite Space, Bayonetta, and sci-fi shooter Vanquish. Throughout development and release of these titles, they've enjoyed a healthy publishing partnership with Sega. Hot off the UK release of Vanquish, Platinum Games Exective Producer Atsushi Inaba candidly spoke about his company's desire to extend that partnership.
The current deal consists of Sega publishing four titles that Platinum creates. Ending with Vanquish, the deal is all set to expire, but Platinum wants something more long term. In a recent interview with Develop Magazine, Inaba had this to say:
“Yes you’re correct, we have made the four titles in our contract. 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.”
On the subject of Platinum Games' feelings for Sega and how they've been treated, Inaba had no ill words to speak of the publishing giant. According to him, Sega was very supportive of Platinum and they were allowed creative freedom:
"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. 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."
Platinum has yet to announce their next title, but later on down the line the company would like to own their own intellectual properties, unlike the current scenario which sees Sega owning the IPs.
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