One in all 2019’s standout Change video games, Astral Chain was a daring and thrilling new launch from PlatinumGames. Directed by Takahisa Taura, the game sold above expectations and confirmed followers that the studio’s relationship with Nintendo was as sturdy as ever – the sport was, in spite of everything, co-owned by each events.
We are saying ‘was’ as a result of PlatinumGames has confirmed that the Astral Chain IP now belongs solely to Nintendo. Earlier this 12 months, followers had noticed that the sport’s copyright discover had been tweaked on the studio’s web site, with PlatinumGames’ identify being eliminated altogether; chatting with VGC, studio head Atsushi Inaba has confirmed that the change isn’t any mistake:
“It’s because it appears to be like… It’s as it’s written on the web site: Astral Chain is their IP and as such there are limitations on how a lot we really feel we must always speak about.”
As VGC mentions in its report, it will be shocking if PlatinumGames merely handed over its share of the IP with out a second thought; the studio has been working hard to reposition itself as an organization able to self-publishing, and simply final 12 months, it wasn’t dominated out that Astral Chain could end up on rival systems. In fact, with final 12 months’s remaster, Nintendo allowed The Wonderful 101 to do exactly that.
It is unclear what this implies for the IP going ahead; there had been talks of potential sequels, but when Nintendo has certainly taken full possession of the franchise, issues could also be a bit of totally different than initially deliberate.
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