In case you missed it, PlatinumGames began a brilliant marketing tactic boasting four big game announcements and calling it the “Platinum 4.” It’s extremely reminiscent of a marketing strategy Capcom undertook way back in 2002 with the “Capcom 5.” The developer already revealed the first of four announcements with its Kickstarter for an enhanced port of The Wonderful 101, which instantly hit its initial funding goals. Needless to say, the “Platinum 4” have fans of the studio extremely excited for what’s to come. Platinum has been very tight-lipped on the subject, and there haven’t been any recent rumors or leaks swirling around the web. What could the remaining games be? Are any of them new games? Possibly just more ports? Here’s what I think we’ll see.
Bayonetta 3 (gameplay reveal)
Bayonetta 3 was officially revealed during The Game Awards 2017. A whopping two years have passed and PlatinumGames has been silently plugging away on the game. There wasn’t much to take away from the reveal trailer, but it seemed to have hinted at Bayonetta meeting her demise. That said, in the mad world of Bayonetta, death doesn’t mean all that much.
Aside from the reveal trailer, PlatinumGames has only given a few tiny development updates confirming that Bayonetta 3 is still in development. I’m eager to get my hands on the next installment in this magnificent franchise. Bayonetta 2 is a god-level action experience; we scored the Nintendo Switch version of the game a 9/10.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (remastered)
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is a late-generation PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 title developed by PlatinumGames and published by Konami. While Konami hasn’t shown any recent interest in publishing new AAA titles, it has been porting a handful of games to current generation hardware. PlatinumGames has been bringing older titles like Bayonetta, Vanquish, and now The Wonderful 101 to current consoles as well. Porting Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance to current hardware sounds like a no-brainer for both companies — easy money! However, with Konami being the IP holder, it begs the question: Would Konami even need Platinum for the porting job? I’m sure an outside (cheaper) studio could handle it. But who knows?
I skipped Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance when it originally launched, but I’d love to play an enhanced version on current consoles. The gameplay looks like a blast, and the smooth animations still hold up wonderfully.
Nier: Automata Nintendo Switch port
Nier: Automata is a critically praised action RPG developed by PlatinumGames for PlayStation 4. It was later ported to Xbox One in 2018. I think Platinum and Square Enix are eager to get this gem into even more people’s hands. Given the game isn’t really graphically demanding, I don’t think it’s out of the question that we’ll see a Nintendo Switch port. Square already brought a slew of Final Fantasy titles to Switch and they feel right at home on the platform. I’m damn-near certain a Switch port of Nier: Automata would sell like hotcakes.
Pie in the sky prediction: Scalebound is resurrected
For real though, how crazy would it be? Scalebound is an IP owned by Microsoft that was originally planned to launch exclusively on Xbox One. Obviously, things didn’t go as planned when Microsoft ended the production of the action game. I personally thought Scalebound had a lot of cool concepts. Melee combat infused with controlling a massive dragon? Color me intrigued! Sadly, it never showed well at events. Microsoft had likely taken the lukewarm reception to heart.
We will probably never know how the game would have turned out. However, there’s always a small (super teeny tiny) chance Platinum purchases the IP from Microsoft and raises Scalebound from the dead.
PlatinumGames is currently developing two titles, Bayonetta 3 and Babylon’s Fall. It’s unlikely the company is in full production on a third AAA game. But yanevaknow.
What are your predictions for the remaining three “Platinum 4” games? Do you think there will be any huge surprises? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page!