The wait for Bayonetta 3 is once again bringing PlatinumGames to the forefront of our minds, and a recent VGC interview with some of the studio's lead board members (including Takao Yamane, Atsushi Inaba and Hideki Kamiya) is showing that even the top-dogs of game design have got their hopes for the next Nintendo console.
In a discussion that ranges from Takao Yamane's appointment as PlatinumGames' vice president and CBO, to the disappointing launch of Babylon's Fall, the VGC interview concludes with a note on Bayonetta 3, specifically the challenges of designing a game for the Switch's hardware capabilities.
When asked about whether the Switch appears as an outdated console to be designing games for at this point in time, Kamiya responded, rather optimistically, that he does not feel restricted by the capabilities of the hardware:
We have the hardware in front of us, and whatever the hardware is, whatever the environment that we’re developing the game for at the time, we try to make the best out of what we have and feel good about it.
This, naturally, led to a comment from the legendary game designer in regard to his hopes for Nintendo's next console, citing his love for the Switch's unique portability:
Personally, this is a very lifestyle-oriented preference for myself, but right now I feel it’s really difficult for me to actually “sit” still in front of the TV and play games. For me, I lie down and play games in portable mode and I enjoy games that way, and that’s the biggest reason why I like the Nintendo Switch.
Whenever the new hardware that Nintendo decides to launch next arrives, I personally do hope that they still have this portable element so that it can support my lifestyle of playing games as I lie down!
With rumours about the Switch's successor coming at us as thick and fast as Mario movie leaks, it is a relief to hear that someone with as much experience in the gaming world as Kamiya shares our love of the Switch's portability. Nintendo's next console ('Switch Pro' or otherwise) has the chance to arrive in a whole host of different forms, but here's hoping that it can carry over some sense of portability - even if it is only to make Kamiya happy.
It is also somewhat a relief to hear that even those at the top of PlatinumGames are being kept in the dark about what Nintendo is cooking up in the hardware lab for the future. At some point we are all going to have to hear something, right?
This and much more is discussed in the full VGC interview. Be sure to head over to their website to check it out.
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