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Is Platinum Games Losing its Sheen?

After the cancellation of Scalebound, Platinum Games seems doomed to collapse. But can they find retribution on the horizon?

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Hendog1981741d ago

It's what happens when you stretch yourself too thin.

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_-EDMIX-_739d ago

Absolutely agreed even though I really like Platinum Games I always felt they were hit or miss don't get me wrong Bayonetta and Vanquish are amazing titles the same with wonderful 101 but anything other than that has always been very questionable by them and I believe they had a huge consistency problem.

I'm happy that Nier feels like one of those amazing top games by this team, but I also worry because to my understanding that games development was literally split from the team that was creating the specific story and RPG elements to platinumgames Joseph physically creating the gameplay so it definitely makes me wonder if their team is just drawn too thin.

Right now I'm literally questioning how Nier would have turned out if just Platinum Games was simply working on it and none of the staff from Square Enix

Maybe them simply focused on creating 1 aspect of that game is why it was able to turn out so well in terms of how it feels.

Even though it's pretty easy to blame Microsoft in regards to the cancellation of scalebound if you consider they could have simply put in another team to assist them through the development but at the end of the day they still also contracted this team to do something in the first place.

That's basically like getting mad at a team for struggling to build your kitchen yet paying more money to another team to help the other team to build your kitchen.

I mean the way I see it is Microsoft really shouldn't have to do that if they had a very clear and honest deal with Platinum Games for them to create something for them.

I worry about this company's future because of all the bad releases they've had in the past as of right now the last great game I even remember from this team is probably Bayonetta 2.

showtimefolks739d ago

I think they need to work on less projects and focus on better and more quality products

Gaming_Cousin740d ago

I wouldn't want to develop for a company that treats me harshly

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TomatoDragon740d ago

After playing through the Nier Automata demo numerous times...I'd say Platinum hasn't lost their touch at all. Can't really say they are losing it cause MS decided to cancel Scalebound.

ShottyatLaw740d ago

TMNT, Korra, and even Transformers aren't helping.

Big_Game_Hunters740d ago

Those games had less than a year development time. Even so, Transformers wasn't bad.

TomatoDragon740d ago

Metal Gear Rising, Vanquish, The Bayonettas, are helping.

ShottyatLaw740d ago

Exactly, hence why we're talking about them losing the luster they used to have from those prior games.

If licensed game mercenary work for Activision isnt enough, let's talk Star Fox Zero.

Segata740d ago (Edited 740d ago )

Transformers is great. The other 2 is less than a year of development and Acitvision being a crap publisher (Tony Hawk 5 anyone?) SFZ is Miyamoto.

bluefox755739d ago

Making middle tier games, sometimes they're called AA games, isn't "losing their luster". They're tasked with making a lower budget game with a shorter development span, and generally the publisher will reduce the price tag to reflect this. I can't remember if it was done or not with those games, but even if it wasn't, it's not Platinum's fault.

ShottyatLaw739d ago

Sorry, but a top tier studio isn't stretched so far that they'll be anyone's hired gun, no matter the hit in quality. That's where we used to think P* was quickly heading to. Unfortunately they've put out a whole lot of 'meh' lately.

deafdani739d ago

SF zero is better than people give it credit for. Once you get used to the 2 screen gameplay (which has a bit of a learning curve to it), the game is pretty fun.

Not a masterpiece, but still a good game.

TomatoDragon739d ago

Sorry man, but a couple of cheap, quickly made titles based off of non-game related franchises isn't enough to shake my faith, and the Nier demo proves that.

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TomatoDragon740d ago

@ShottyatLaw
Go play the Nier demo, and get back to me.

ShottyatLaw739d ago

Played it. Looking good. Go play the games I talked about and get back to me.

rainslacker739d ago

I really like platinum myself. Not all their games are awesome, but they're usually not complete trash, and sometimes are excellent, with very few duds in their portfolio.

They can be hit or miss from one release to another, but I think this article is making something out of nothing.

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Fishy Fingers740d ago

'Doomed to collapse'.

Haha. Much drama... they expect people to read this s***?

343_Guilty_Spark740d ago

Depends on who they are working with.

never4get739d ago

True, Epic Games #EPICFAIL #UE4RETAREDSLOW #EPICCEOLOVESMOBILE. KH0.2 can't even run 1080p60 on PS4PRO.

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