PlatinumGames is a development studio that, for a number of keen gamers, is synonymous with quality action titles. In addition to original titles on Wii U such as The Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2, and most recently co-developed Star Fox Zero.
Just recently there was surprising news that Tatsuya Minami had left his role as CEO in late March, an original member of the decade-old company and a developer with a lengthy and impressive track record back to his Capcom days. Kenichi Sato has stepped in as a replacement, and the company has since issued a statement around the changes.
As you may or may not know, this year is our 10th anniversary. We feel this is the perfect opportunity to reform our internal structure in order to strengthen our position as a developer, and changes in personnel affairs are a natural part of that.
Sato-san has also released a statement, insisting that the company will endeavour to continue to work to the highest standards.
I have recently assumed the position of President & CEO of our company, following the departure of Tatsuya Minami at the end of March 2016. With this, our board of executives now consists of myself, Seigo Tabira and Atsushi Inaba.
Please note that this change in staff structure in no way affects our dedication to our craft. I have utmost confidence that we will continue to create games to the same high standards that our partners and fans have come to expect from us.
The company continues to work on a number of licensed and third-party titles, though a notable new IP is in development - led by Hideki Kamiya is Scalebound, which is due on Xbox One in 2017.
Here's hoping that PlatinumGames continues its good work in the months and years to come, with a continued output of original games in addition to contract work. Naturally we also wish Minami-san well in his future endeavours.