PlatinumGames Reveals Project GG from Hideki Kamiya

PlatinumGames Reveals Project GG from Hideki Kamiya

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PlatinumGames is staying very busy. Today it has revealed its second of four upcoming games in what it's calling Project GG. Project GG comes from Hideki Kamiya himself, founder of PlatinumGames and creator of series such as Bayonetta and The Wonderful 101, which is being remade as the first game of the so-called "Platinum 4."

Project GG is a working title and based on the early teaser trailer depicts a world overrun with kaiju-like monsters, which players will be fighting using giant mechs. Yeah, it's basically Power Rangers. See for yourself in this reveal trailer.

It's referred to as the finale to Kamiya's superhero trilogy dating back to Viewtiful Joe at Capcom and The Wonderful 101 at Platinum. The game will also reunite the director with producer Atsushi Inaba who worked together on Viewtiful Joe. In a long message to fans, Kamiya revealed Platinum will be self-publishing the game - a first for the studio. He said it's a challenge to watch his games be decided by the IP owners and hopes this self-published game will be different when it comes to what happens after it releases. You can read his full statement below.

"Hello, everyone. PlatinumGames chief game designer Hideki Kamiya here.

It’s my honor today, at long last, to announce an all-new, all-original project from PlatinumGames. In the fourteen years since we founded this company, we’ve worked towards the dream of making and releasing a game based on a Platinum intellectual property. Now, we’re finally stepping up to that starting line.

What makes this new title different from what we’ve done before? Let me explain a bit, because I’m sure you’ll agree that this is a giant step for PlatinumGames!

We’ve made a wide variety of games throughout our history, sometimes based on existing properties, like NieR:Automata; sometimes wholly original stories, like Bayonetta and ASTRAL CHAIN. Our work has found a core of passionate fans who trust us to deliver high-quality action games.

But PlatinumGames has thus far only been a developer. That means we make the games, and that’s it. All of our titles up until how have been made under contracts, with cooperation and funding from the publishers who distribute them.

Of course, everyone at Platinum and I are extremely grateful for the relationship that we’ve made with all of you through the games we’ve made so far. But ultimately, all of those games belong to publishers. Any and all decisions about how those games are promoted, how their content is used, and so on, are entirely up to the publisher.

As a creator, it’s hard not to think of my games as my children. After all, it takes a lot of hard work to raise them up, and a lot of love, too. However, once they’re done, any choices about them are entirely out of my hands. So, for example, no matter how many times people tell me, “You should make a sequel to this game,” or, “I’d love to see it on that console,” there’s nothing I can do about it.

Which brings us to Project G.G. (that’s just a working title, by the way). Project G.G. is different. Unlike any of the games we’ve made so far, it’s going to be a 100% PlatinumGames title. For everything from its setting and characters, to its game design and story, to how it’s promoted – PlatinumGames is in full control.

Of course, that has its downsides, too. We’ll be taking on new risks that we’ve never had to assume before as a contracted developer. Having full control over the Project G.G. IP gives us a ton of freedom, but also a ton of responsibility. Still, I think we can harness that sense of responsibility and turn it into motivation to make Project G.G. the best game it can be.

Like I said before, with Project G.G., we’re stepping up to a starting line. The finish line is still a long way away. But I know I’m looking forward to running the race! I hope you’ll cheer us on.

And if you’d like to join us at Platinum as we start out on this new endeavor, I sincerely hope you’ll take a look at our jobs page and see if there’s a position that’s right for you.

On behalf of the Project G.G. team and all of PlatinumGames, thank you for your support!"

There is no release date or platform information to share just yet, but don't worry. While we wait, it seems Platinum has two more games still to reveal in the weeks ahead.

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