Atsushi Inaba, CEO of PlatinumGames, has revealed that the studio is open to being acquired so long as their “freedom is respected”. Speaking to VGC Inaba-san said that Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard won’t lead to micromanaging or lack of freedom for Activision Blizzard and that’s the kind of relationship PlatinumGames would seek from a possible acquisition.
Inaba-san also said that he finds it “weird” that there aren’t as many acquisitions and mergers in Japan as there are in other countries and that the passive nature of Japanese companies is “strange”. Platinum Games are best known for their work on the Bayonetta and NieR series, their next title, Babylon’s Fall, is due out on the 5th of August 2022 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC.
Here’s what Inaba-san had to say about a possible acquisition:
The most important thing for us is to have the freedom to make the games that we want to make,” he said. “What I hear about the recent acquisitions, I don’t think Microsoft is going to start micromanaging Activision to where they take away all their freedom… I don’t think it’s going to be a relationship like that. I think there’s going to be a lot of mutual respect there and I think Activision will be able to continue doing what they do best. That’s also what’s most important to us at the end of the day, whatever form that takes for us and our company. So I would not turn anything down, as long as our freedom was still respected.