Takao Yamane joins the Japanese studio PlatinumGames as vice president in charge of game publishing.
Former vice-president of Nintendo France between 1999 and 2007, commercial director of Nintendo Europe since 2004 and general manager of the licensing department for Nintendo Japan from 2015, Takao Yamane will bring about significant changes within PlatinumGames alongside CEO Atsushi Inaba and game designer Hideki Kamiya. If Bayonetta 3 and NieR Automata on Nintendo Switch will certainly revive the finances of the Osaka-based company, Babylon’s Fall and Sol Cresta are two bitter failures, both critical and commercial, which have again tarnished the reputation of the Japanese studio after the cancellation of Scalebound in partnership with Microsoft and the end of the co-development contract for Granblue Fantasy Relink with Cygames.
Former Nintendo Yamane is appointed as the new vice president of PlatinumGames.Exclusive interview with Mr. Inaba and Mr. Kamiya to approach the evolution and ambition of PlatinumGames#PlatinumGames
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A presentation of Project GG is expected in June 2023
Open to a takeover for several months thanks to or because of the period of consolidation within the video game industry, PlatinumGames can count on the significant financial contribution so that Project GG can become an ambitious AAA in self-publishing. In development since 2020, this title will be much more than just an action game with superheroes and will offer new and innovative gameplay mechanics like Bayonetta and The Wonderful 101. According to Takao Yamane, Atsushi Inaba and Hideki Kamiya, E3 2023 could be the perfect place for a proper reveal. Finally, if more or less large games are at different stages of their production for different publishers, PlatinumGames is already preparing a new license, in addition to Project GG.