We've been talking a lot about PlatinumGames recently, haven't we?! The developer of the cancelled Xbox One game Scalebound (and currently working on Bayonetta 3 for Nintendo Switch) has been suggesting it would be good to team up with Xbox again at some point, and is now even hinting it could be interested in an acquisition.
In a new interview with Video Games Chronicle, President and CEO Atsushi Inaba explained that the company would be open to an offer from anyone, but the key thing is they'd need to provide the studio with near total freedom.
Microsoft was namedropped as part of this, with Inaba speaking about the recent acquisition of Activision:
"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."
Of course, Inaba doesn't directly reference an interest in being acquired by Microsoft here, but the fact that he mentions Microsoft as being an example of providing "freedom" hints that he'd at least entertain the idea of a buyout.
PlatinumGames hasn't been shy in pointing out that it would like to get involved with Xbox again in the future as well, so if Microsoft is interested, it seems like this is a deal that has real potential of becoming a reality. Your move, Phil.
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