PlatinumGames Hire Nintendo Veteran, Signals ‘Significant Change’

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PlatinumGames, known for work on things like Bayonetta, Awesome 101and Chain of souls, has hired Nintendo veteran Takao Yamane in a move that is said to bring “significant change” to the company going forward. Yamane will join PlatinumGames as Vice President and Chief Business Officer.

News coming through Famitsu (thank, SiliconEra), confirmed that more information will be shared in an upcoming interview. Prior to joining PlatinumGames, Takao Yamane enjoyed a 27-year career at Nintendo, during which time he held many senior positions, including Vice President of Nintendo France and Managing Director of Sales at Nintendo Europe.

As teased by Famitsu, PlatinumGames hopes that Yaname will support current President Atsushi Inaba and Vice President Hideki Kamiya in helping the company achieve its lofty ambitions. Indeed, although it boasts a number of critically acclaimed games, it has also caused commercial and critical disappointments such as The Fall of Babylon and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan.

Just recently, PlatinumGames and Nintendo have confirmed the Bayonetta 3 release datewith the game launching exclusively on Switch on October 28. Adds Doa, the game will have “Innocent Angel Mode” to block out the more “vulgar” aspects about images, presumably to reduce embarrassment in the home setting and make streaming easier.

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