Bayonetta

PlatinumGames president Kenichi Sato has stated that fans can expect to see big things from the company in 2020, with the year marking "the beginning of a new stage".

Speaking to Japanese publication Inside Games, Sato said PlatinumGames will be operating at "full speed" over the next 12 months. The firm is currently working on Switch exclusive Bayonetta 3, but also has two original IPs in production, both of which are totally owned by the studio.

That's not all; PlatinumGames is also looking to move into self-publishing, which will reduce its reliance on external partners like Sega and Nintendo. It is therefore highly likely that this "new stage" Sato refers to will have much to do with PlatinumGames securing its independence and shifting away from the kind of 'for hire' work which has seen IPs like Bayonetta, Wonderful 101 and Astral Chain fall under the ownership of other companies. This arrangement also resulted in the cancellation of Scalebound, a game that was being produced on behalf of Microsoft.

It's clear that PlatinumGames wants more control over its own destiny, which of course comes with added financial risk. 2020 is certainly going to be an interesting year for the Japanese outfit.

[via videogameschronicle.com, inside-games.jp]