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Hideki Kamiya

With PlatinumGames celebrating its tenth anniversary, Japanese magazine Famitsu has a big feature about the studio in its latest issue, including an interview with several staff members. It focuses more on the developer as a whole rather than specific games. There are some interesting Nintendo-related bits from the discussion though.

Hideki Kamiya has only made two games in the last ten years at Platinum. Of course, those are Bayonetta and The Wonderful 101. Kamiya created the original Bayonetta with the following prerequisites: make an original game with hardware you’re touching for the first time with no library, no resources, and no game engine. He wanted to have it published in three years.

XSEED Games is handling the localization of Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale. For the western release, the company decided to name one of the various cows in the game after PlatinumGames’ Hideki Kamiya. We’re not really sure how or why that happened, but XSEED apparently has some sort of story about the naming process. Maybe they’ll share it with us one day!

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Microsoft is publishing Scalebound, a new Xbox One title from PlatinumGames. But as fate would have it, the project was originally imagined for Wii.

Director Hideki Kamiya recently spoke with GameSpot about his original ambition for Scalebound, which would have had players using the Wii remote to provide orders to dinosaurs rather than dragons. It also starred a little girl rather than the current protagonist Drew.

Kamiya said:

“If you look at the long span of it, the first idea [for Scalebound] was when we started the company and were thinking of ideas and games that we want to make. The idea popped up there, but then we made Bayonetta. Then after Bayonetta, we revived the idea and made a prototype but that prototype failed and the game got cancelled. It was put on a backburner for a variety of reasons and we moved on to The Wonderful 101.”

“When they first started, the idea was for a Wii game and we wanted to use a Wii remote to do the orders for the dinosaurs. You were in control of the dinosaurs, you were ordering the dinosaurs around, and they’d do cool things. Then after we made Bayonetta, we started the prototype. The first thing that I made a change to was making it a dragon game.”

“We changed the dinosaurs to dragons, but at that point the lead character was even weaker than [current protagonist] Drew is in the context of Scalebound. She was actually a little girl who was with these dragons. As we were making this prototype, I realized that I didn’t want to just be watching the fight, I wanted to be more participatory in the fight. And I started talking with the staff about how maybe we should change this to be a swordsman or someone a little bit older. This was when the prototype got put on the backburner, so to speak, and the project was halted. Then we made The Wonderful 101.”

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Hideki Kamiya spent many years at Capcom. He worked on the Resident Evil and Devil May Cry series, and eventually moved on to Clover Studio – a subsidiary of Capcom – where he directed Okami as well as Viewtiful Joe.

Despite what some may think, there’s no bad blood between Kamiya and Capcom. It was actually his decision to leave the company, which he “felt a little bad for”. And if the opportunity were to present itself, he’d be very much open to teaming up with Capcom once again.

Kamiya told Metro during an interview at Gamescom last week:

…I can honestly say that if there’s ever an opportunity, that makes sense for me or the studio, to work with Capcom again I would very much welcome that opportunity. Of all the publishers, not just Japanese publishers or partners, I can say with confidence that Capcom still holds a very, very special place in my heart and I love them dearly. It’s one of my favourite companies.

[laughs] And why I say that is because they really helped shape me to who I am today. I spent a long amount of time with them and they helped me grow into who I am. They are one of the few remaining companies in Japan… you know we’ve seen so many other companies being merged and bought out and acquired but they remain the Capcom that they started out as. So seeing that strength and power that still is Capcom today is very reassuring. And it shows the confidence, it shows the love and passion of what they do. So I really do welcome the opportunity to work with Capcom again.

Last week on Twitter, Platinum Games’ Hideki Kamiya commented further on the development of Bayonetta 2. As has been said before, the game was in a very troubled state before Nintendo stepped in.

Kamiya noted in his tweets that Bayonetta 2’s problems came about when it was initially with SEGA. Something happened when the project was in the works there, and development halted. The game was pitched to various publishers, though it seems that most declined picking up Bayonetta 2. However, Nintendo agreed to step in and development was only then able to proceed.

Head past the break for a full translation of Kamiya’s tweets. They’re quite interesting, even if some of the tidbits had been shared previously!

A release of The Wonderful 101’s soundtrack might just be possible. Earlier today, director Hideki Kamiya asked fans to re-tweet one of his messages on Twitter so that he can determine interest. According to data provided by Hiroshi, a soundtrack would take up 5 discs.


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PlatinumGames put up a blog post today covering the Nintendo costumes in the first Bayonetta. Players will be able to try out Link, Samus, and Peach outfits.

One interesting tidbit concerns Hideki Kamiya’s involvement – the game’s original director. He “carefully checked” each one, and Kamiya was said to be “very particular about how each costume should look before passing approval.” Kamiya also requested using the original Power Suit for the Samus outfit.

You can check out the full blog post here.



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