PlatinumGames’ Kenichi Sato announced Thursday that he is stepping down from his position as President and CEO of Bayonetta and Nier: Automata studio, and that veteran developer Atsushi Inaba will take his place.
“Right now, I feel that PlatinumGames is poised to push more innovative forms of gaming, so now is a better time than ever to hand over the reins to Inaba, who has led the initiative to build the company’s creative output for many years. ‘ Sato said in one blog entry.
Sato will continue to serve as an advisor to PlatinumGames and will “offer my help where it’s needed.” He was the company’s president for a little over five and a half years.
Bayonetta 3 Screens (from Nintendo Direct, September 2021)
As for Inaba, he started working as the CEO of Clover Studio, the team behind Viewtiful Joe, Okami, and God Hand. He co-founded Platinum in 2007 along with Resident Evil/The Evil Within director Shinji Mikami, Bayonetta’s Hideki Kamiya and Tatsuya Minami, taking on the role of lead producer, which he will retain alongside his new role as President and CEO.
Inaba explained his design philosophy in a separate post on Platinum’s official website, saying he believes in “approaching fun with absolute sincerity.
Inaba added that “our overarching goal for entering self-publishing has remained unchanged since its conception: to invent something new and share it with the rest of the world – showing our sincerity to creation at every step. “
PlatinumGames’ upcoming list includes Bayonetta 3, due out for Switch this year. It also has Babylon’s Fall, Sol Cresta and the teased Project GG in the works as the first self-published game.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer for IGN.