PlatinumGames Inc. is a Japan-based independent video game development company. It is the development company behind the Bayonetta game series. Besides the Bayonetta game series, it has developed action titles such as: The Wonderful 101, NieR:Automata, and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.
It was founded under the name ODD Ltd. in February 2006, which changed its name to ODD Inc. a year later. In October 2007, it merged with SEEDS Inc., a company founded on August 1, 2006, by former key members of Capcom's defunct Clover Studio, namely Atsushi Inaba, Hideki Kamiya, and Shinji Mikami. It retains other former members of the studio. After the merger, the company name was soon changed to PlatinumGames afterward.
The name of the studio is named after the element platinum, a metal renowned for its high quality that keeps its luster forever.
In a recent interview with IGN, Kamiya stated that if given the opportunity, he would like PlatinumGames to become a second-party developer for Nintendo.
List of games developed by PlatinumGames
- MadWorld (Wii, 2009)
- Infinite Space (Nintendo DS, 2009)
- Bayonetta (Xbox 360/PlayStation 3, 2009; Wii U, 2014; PC, 2017, Nintendo Switch, 2018; PlayStation 4/Xbox One, 2020)
- Vanquish (Xbox 360/PlayStation 3, 2010; PC, 2017; PlayStation 4/Xbox One, 2020)
- Anarchy Reigns (Xbox 360/PlayStation 3, 2012)
- Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (Xbox 360/PlayStation 3, 2013; PC, 2014)
- The Wonderful 101 (Wii U, 2013; Remastered: Nintendo Switch/PlayStation 4/PC, 2020)
- Bayonetta 2 (Wii U, 2014; Nintendo Switch, 2018)
- The Legend of Korra (PlayStation 3/Xbox 360/PC/Xbox One/PlayStation 4, 2014)
- Transformers: Devastation (PlayStation 3/Xbox 360/PC/Xbox One/PlayStation 4, 2015)
- Star Fox Zero (Wii U, 2016)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan (PlayStation 3/Xbox 360/PC/Xbox One/PlayStation 4, 2016)
- NieR:Automata (PlayStation 4/PC, 2017; Xbox One, 2018)
- Astral Chain (Nintendo Switch, 2019)
- Babylon's Fall (PlayStation 4/PC, TBA)
- Bayonetta 3 (Nintendo Switch, TBA)
- Project G.G. (working title) (TBA)
- On the stage where Bayonetta fights Jeanne on a missile, a building with PlatinumGames logo can be seen if you know where to look.
- Another PlatinumGames logo can be seen in the epilogue of Bayonetta 2 if one looks closely when Loki's card is caught in the wind.
- To celebrate the release of the Bayonetta amiibo, a member of the PlatinumGames staff brought in their entire Super Smash Bros. 4 amiibo collection to the main PG office building.