It seems like acquisitions are all the rage these days in the video game industry. We’ve seen Microsoft acquire Activision Blizzard for $70 billion, and Sony snatch up Bungie for $3.6 billion. It’s worrisome, to be sure; I shudder to think of the industry belonging to only two or three major players. PlatinumGames’ CEO/President Atsushi Inaba, however, wouldn’t deny an acquisition if one presented itself in a certain way.
I hope PlatinumGames continues to produce games on a variety of platforms
Speaking with Video Games Chronicle about games industry consolidation, Inaba had this to say:
The most important thing for us is to have the freedom to make the games that we want to make. 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.
I get where Inaba is coming from, and certainly agree that freedom and autonomy should be respected in buyout situations. In my opinion, Nintendo would make the most sense as a potential suitor, since they have the rights to current Bayonetta titles and Astral Chain. But I’d rather have the option to play all of PlatinumGames’ series on any console I want. Variety is the spice of life!
Enthusiasts, what are your thoughts on PlatinumGames’ CEO’s remarks on a potential acquisition? Let us know below.