Report: PlatinumGames President Steps Down

Report: PlatinumGames' President Steps Down

According to Japanese game industry site Game Business, the president of PlatinumGames, Tatsuya Minami, has stepped down. This comes as PlatinumGames began celebrating its tenth anniversary earlier this year. Game Business says Minami left the studio in late March. Platinum's Kenichi Sato has reportedly taken his place. The publication did not state whether or not Minami is still at the company.

Other corporate changes apparently include producer Atsushi Inaba and Seigo Tabira, who previously worked in developer support, joining the company's board.

Report: PlatinumGames' President Steps Down

[Image: PlatinumGames] Minami previously worked at Capcom and spun off his own entity ODD Ltd. in 2006, which was later merged with SEEDS Inc., the studio Inaba, Hideki Kamiya, and Shinji Mikami founded, to form PlatinumGames.

Minami hasn't tweeted since mid-March. Well, retweeted. He hung out with Hideo Kojima during his early March visit.

He also appeared in a special Famitsu issue on PlatinumGames' anniversary and, as we reported, said at the time he wanted PlatinumGames to be one of the top three studios in the world. "If you don't have that kind of feeling, you can't keep on going. Ten, twenty years from now, I want to aim even higher," he said at the time.

Report: PlatinumGames' President Steps Down

[Image: Famitsu via PlatinumGames | Facebook] On the studio's official site, Minami is still listed as the company president. It's not clear whether or not he is still at the studio in some capacity. Kotaku reached out to PlatinumGames but did not hear back prior to publication.

This month, Star Fox Zero, which PlatinumGames co-developed with Nintendo, hits the Wii U. Stay tuned for our review of the game.

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    Recently they seem to have been stuck in a rut developing licensed video games or sequels for other people's IPs. That seems like a step down from the original work they were doing earlier in the studio's life. Not really what I'd expect from a studio that wants to be in the top two or three.

      I dunno, I don't think you need original IPs to make great original works. I'd be pretty happy if I had a studio that was constantly putting out games like Arkham Asylum or Metroid Prime that take someone else's IP and builds an outstanding game around it. Even making sequels isn't bad unless you phone it in.

      Last edited 22/04/16 12:30 pm

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