Sega and PlatinumGames Announce Groundbreaking Partnership

by Nick Pantazis, posted on 15 May 2008 / 477 Views

Today Sega and PlatinumGames announced a four game partnership.  The agreement is for PlatinumGames to develop four new Sega titles.  The first three are MadWorld for Wii, Bayonetta for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, and Infinite Line for the Nintendo DS.  An unannounced fourth title is also being developed under legendary developer Shinji Mikami (creator of all the Resident Evil games).  PlatinumGames is famous for its talented staff consisting of ex-Clover and Capcom developers who were responsible for many great games such as Viewtiful Joe, Resident Evil, Okami, and Devil May Cry.  Full press release and first info on the three announced games below.

 

SEGA ANNOUNCES A PLATINUM PARTNERSHIP

Famed Developers Confirm Exclusive Four-Game Deal with SEGA

LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO (May 15, 2008) - SEGA Europe Ltd. and SEGA® of America, Inc. today announced a worldwide partnership with PlatinumGames Inc., the development studio recently formed by the team behind some of the most successful franchises in the video game industry. Under the agreement, PlatinumGames will develop three ground-breaking new SEGA titles - MADWORLD™, Infinite Line™ and Bayonetta™ - covering a variety of game genres with innovative design concepts that explore the depths of today's best-selling platforms. A soon-to-be-announced fourth title, being directed by legendary gaming icon Shinji Mikami, is also part of the agreement.

"The creative forces at PlatinumGames bring a new level of imagination into the SEGA family at a pivotal time in the video game industry when the demand for quality, originality and fun has never been greater," said Tatsuya Minami, President and CEO, PlatinumGames. "These new titles will contribute meaningfully to SEGA's brand, while adding a new level of depth to the strategic portfolio of games in our library."

"We are thrilled to have forged this new relationship with such a talented team of individuals and we are understandably excited about the titles that they are producing for us," commented Mike Hayes President and COO of SEGA Europe Ltd. "SEGA continually strives to release games for all consumers that are of the highest quality, working with Platinum Games further enhances that strategy."

MADWORLD, the first title set for release in Q1 2009, is an inventive third-person action game exclusively for Wii™. Produced by Atsushi Inaba, MADWORLD has a unique black and white style, depicting an incredibly sharp backdrop that straddles graphic novels and 3D worlds. As players battle opponents, they must master the use of various weapons and items found within their environment, such as chainsaws and street signs, while entertaining sports commentary adds to the third-person gameplay. With its irreverent humour and over-the-top violence, MADWORLD will deliver a unique core gaming experience currently missing on the Wii system.

Infinite Line (working title), a role playing game exclusively for the Nintendo DS™ portable handheld system, takes place in outer space and gives players the ability to control, build, outfit and customise more than 150 spaceships. Infinite Line stretches the DS hardware to the limit, offering over 200 characters and the ability to control multiple spaceships at any one time. Releasing in 2009 and currently being produced by Atsushi Inaba and directed by Hifumi Kouno (from developer Nude Maker), Infinite Line is one of the most complex RPG titles developed for the DS to date.

Bayonetta is a stylish and cinematic action game, directed by creator Hideki Kamiya and set for release in 2009 on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. A witch with powers beyond the comprehension of mere mortals, Bayonetta faces-off against countless angelic enemies, many reaching epic proportions, in a game of 100% pure, unadulterated all-out action. Outlandish finishing moves are performed with balletic grace as Bayonetta flows from one fight to another. With magnificent over-the-top action taking place in stages that are a veritable theme park of exciting attractions, Bayonetta pushes the limits of the action genre, bringing to life its fast-paced, dynamic climax combat.

For more information regarding the partnership between SEGA and PlatinumGames please go to www.sega.com/platinumgames


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Soriku (on 19 May 2008)

No one is anticipating Infinite Line for the DS? :(


dvarca1231 (on 18 May 2008)

MadWorld and Bayonetta both look amazing, I'm interested to see the final product of MadWorld. The idea is great, but from the video I saw on IGN it seemed kinda unpolished...I was expecting more of a Sin City look than it really is I guess, but you can only hope so much from the Wii


SaviorX (on 17 May 2008)

Maybe Sega is on the way back to gettin' some glory.......


Soriku (on 17 May 2008)

^ Lol...that would suck. I doubt it :P


naznatips (on 16 May 2008)

I bet the 4th game is multiplat for all systems (Wii, PS3, 360, DS, PSP)


Cheebee (on 16 May 2008)

I'll bet the unannounced 4th game will be a Wii one too. :p


jheco05 (on 15 May 2008)

I am hoping for a more serious partnership with Nintendo... besides the Olympics games...


ZenfoldorVGI (on 15 May 2008)

Thanks for reporting this, I was unclear on a few subjects. I'm very, very excited about these games. Lately Sega, recognizing its inability to produce games on the level of major developers, has outsourced or sought help in developing games. It's really paying off, imo. This, and also, Bioware making the Sonic RPG. If your not the best, yourself, surround yourself with the best, and you will go places. Good move Sega, you've found your way back into my cynical heart.


disolitude (on 15 May 2008)

I am impressed... Sega should keep these guys if they prove to be comercially and critically succeful...and then let them do sega classics like Golden Axe remakes and streets of rage. Get those games out of hands of those fools from Secret Level (devs of Ironman, Final Fight Streetwise)


The Ghost of RubangB (on 15 May 2008)

Ooh, a black and white noir-ish graphic novel 3rd person game with sports commentary in which you fight with both chainsaws and street signs? Looks like somebody's been inspired by No More Heroes. Sounds rad so far.


Darc Requiem (on 15 May 2008)

Sega continues to improve as publisher. I wish their internally developed games showed the same type of improvement.