PlatinumGames, known for its work on the likes of Bayonetta, The Wonderful 101, and Astral Chain, has hired Nintendo veteran Takao Yamane in a move that is said to bring “significant change” to the company going forwards. Yamane will join PlatinumGames as its Vice President and Chief Business Officer.
The news comes via Famitsu (thanks, SiliconEra), confirming that more information will be shared in an upcoming interview. Prior to joining PlatinumGames, Takao Yamane enjoyed a 27-year career at Nintendo, during which he held numerous high-level positions, including Vice President of Nintendo France and Managing Director of Sales at Nintendo of Europe.
As teased by Famitsu, PlatinumGames is hoping that Yaname will assist current President Atsushi Inaba and Vice President Hideki Kamiya in helping the company achieve its lofty ambitions. Indeed, although it boasts a number of critically acclaimed games, it has also put out commercial and critical disappointments like Babylon’s Fall and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan.
Just recently, PlatinumGames and Nintendo confirmed the release date of Bayonetta 3, with the game launching exclusively on Switch on October 28th. In addition, the game will feature a “Naive Angel Mode” to block out the more “raunchy” aspects of the visuals, presumably to reduce embarrassment in a family setting and make streaming online an easier endeavour.
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