In an interview today, PlatinumGames has confirmed that it has never had talks with Microsoft to be purchased and that joining Xbox Game Studios would be the complete opposite of what they are trying to do.
Microsoft had acquired major studios in recent months. At the beginning of this year, there was some information indicating that the Redmond company had tried to buy PlatinumGames. But today, PlatinumGames spoke about this hypothetical deal and completely ruled out its possible purchase by Microsoft.
According to the head of PlatinumGames, Atsushi Inaba, it was recently revealed that, for now, they have not received an official purchase offer from Microsoft, but the executive hinted that if they received it, they would not be interested. What was the reason? Well, Inaba has confirmed that PlatinumGames has just entered a new stage that will allow them to be more independent and have total creative freedom in their next games. This is what the studio has sought for years.
Because of all these reasons, accepting the purchase by another company would be contrary to its objectives. Inaba has also argued that he does not know for sure if Microsoft plans to ever make an offer to them. “I did read some rumours about Xbox wanting to purchase PlatinumGames, and I thought, ‘people on the internet write the craziest stuff’, because that conversation has not come to our doorstep at all,” Inaba said.
The head of PlatinumGames declared that he has nothing against Microsoft, but that they do not want to limit their creative freedom for any reason, at least for now. “It’s not that we’re disinterested in Microsoft, but if the relationship were to be us working under their direction, I feel like that would be the opposite of what we’re trying to do now and limit our possibilities. Any opportunities that would limit our freedom I think we would be against,” Inaba concluded.
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