Babylon's Fall
Image: Square Enix, PlatinumGames / via Steam

In the lead-up to the Switch-exclusive Bayonetta 3, fans have been keeping a close eye on its developer PlatinumGames.

With this in mind, it's been another eventful week for the Japanese company - with the launch of the PlayStation and PC title, Babylon's Fall. It's a new cooperative action RPG live service game published by Square Enix.

Unfortunately for Platinum, the game hasn't got off to the best start. It's reportedly flopped on release - with SteamDB stats revealing around 650 concurrent players at launch. As highlighted by VGC, Square Enix's other live service game Marvel's Avengers had about 28,000 players in the beginning and was also branded a failure over time.

Early critic reviews and user reviews of Babylon's Fall haven't been favourable, either. And although you have to pay top dollar to own it, it's still apparently filled with all sorts of micro-transactions such as premium currencies. It's worth noting how this title had its own separate team working on it.

Platinum's Sol Cresta - a self-published title released on the Switch last month - left a much better impression, even if it was a little bit pricey and didn't do much to stand out alongside other games within the shmup genre.

During an interview with Famitsu last month, PlatinumGames president and CEO, Atsushi Inaba, mentioned how the company was keen to create more games that could be enjoyed for a longer period of time - hinting at more live service games.

Bayonetta 3 is up next for Platinum. This one is being published by Nintendo, which sort of explains why Hideki Kamiya and the rest of his team have been so quiet during development.

[source steamdb.info, via pushsquare.com, videogameschronicle.com]