Platinum Games have become the ‘go to’ developer whenever conversations turn to ‘wouldn’t it be cool if X developer worked on Y game series?’ We’ve arrogantly created the definitive list of games they should turn their considerable talents to next.
Platinum Games’ foul mouthed director Hideki Kamiya, between bouts of insulting idiots on Twitter, has voiced his desire to work on a Star Fox game for Nintendo. He’s also endeared himself to fans of the series by stating regularly that only the first two games are worth bothering with. An absolute nuclear truth bomb, that. They might even be able the team to make the ‘always rubbish’ on foot combat sections decent!
The last major Gradius game was outsourced to another legendary action game developer - Treasure, creators of Radiant Silvergun, Gunstar Heroes, Ikaruga and many others - and the results were one of the greatest shmups ever made. Platinum’s action game credentials would be a good fit for the shoot ‘em up genre and potentially create a truly spectacular game.
I know it has only just been rebooted in the past few years, and MercurySteam have been doing a sterling job in breathing new life into the series, but recently Lords of Shadow head honcho Dave Cox has said that the forthcoming sequel will be his team’s final Castlevania title. Time for Kamiya’s team of mercenaries to roll in and and take the classic vampire slaying series’ revival as a full blown action game to the next level we know only they can.
Okay. Last time a famed action game developer go their hands on Samus Aran the end result was a very poor game. I’ll concede that. Look at Vanquish, though - Imagine instead of rocket-sliding about on your knees, it was a morph ball, and instead of levels you had a large environment to explore. Stretching it a bit, but if we’re not getting a new Metroid Prime then this would be the next best thing.
A Totally New Game
Here’s a thing - It’s only really been since they confirmed their involvement on Metal Gear Rising that all of this ‘wouldn’t it be amazing if Platinum worked on...’ patter actually began. Looking at their track record, they’re about to work on their first real sequel, and Metal Gear is the first time they’ve worked on an already established franchise. Bayonetta, Madworld and Vanquish are all their own unique IPs, and with The Wonderful 101 on the way, Platinum look to continue to create their own brilliant, visionary action games. It is fun to speculate on which other series they could put their stamp on, but let’s be fair, they’ve proven that they can create their own fantastic IP on repeated occasions.
Let’s just see what their next move is, yeah?