Japanese developer PlatinumGames has been responsible for some pretty innovative games over the past five years: Wii gorefest MadWorld and DS space RPG Infinite Space for Nintendo's formats, as well as the superlative Bayonetta and Vanquish for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Five years in and not a sequel in sight, PlatinumGames is something of an anomaly in the current franchise-led marketplace, and that hurts.
President and CEO Tatsuya Minami wrote an open letter to the gaming industry, sounding a cry for more original ideas, more fresh surprises and more smiles, particularly from Japanese studios.
Series grow ever-longer; original titles are on the decline. Games with new at their core are disappearing. Japanese games that garner worldwide acclaim are slipping away.
This state of affairs deeply saddens us.
If you too are sadden by the lack of innovation in the gaming world, read the rest of Tatsuya Minami's open letter and share your thoughts below.