The waiting for bayonet 3 brings PlatinumGames to the forefront of our minds once again, and not too long ago VGC interview featuring some of the studio’s senior board members (including Takao Yamane, Atsushi Inaba and Hideki Kamiya) shows that even the game design kingpins have pinned their hopes on the next Nintendo console.
In a discussion that ranges from the appointment of Takao Yamane as Vice President and CBO of PlatinumGames to the disappointing launch of Babylon’s Fall, the VGC interview concludes with a note on Bayonetta 3, specifically its challenges, a game for the Switch’s hardware capabilities to develop.
When asked if the Switch seems like a legacy console for which games are made at this point, Kamiya responded rather optimistically that he doesn’t feel limited by the hardware’s capabilities:
We’ve got the hardware in front of us, and whatever the hardware is, no matter what environment we’re developing the game for, we’re trying to make the best of what we have and feel good about it.
This, of course, led to a comment from the legendary game designer regarding his hopes for Nintendo’s next console, citing his love of the Switch’s unique portability:
For me personally, that’s a very lifestyle-oriented preference, but right now I’m having a really hard time “sitting” in front of the TV and playing games really still. For me, I lay down and play games in portable mode and I enjoy games that way and that’s the main reason I like the Nintendo Switch.
Whenever the new hardware that Nintendo is launching next arrives, I personally hope they still have this wearable item so it can support my lifestyle of gaming while I lay down!
With rumors of the Switch’s successor coming as close and fast as Mario movie leaks, it’s a relief to hear that someone with as much experience in the gaming world as Kamiya shares our love of Switch portability. Nintendo’s next console (‘Switch Pro’ or otherwise) has a chance of launching in a whole range of different guises, but we’re hoping it can instill some sense of portability – even if it’s just about keeping Kamiya happy close.
It’s also a bit of a relief to hear that even PlatinumGames’ frontrunners are being kept in the dark about what Nintendo is up to in the hardware lab for the future. At some point we will all have to listen someTo the right?
This and much more is discussed in the full VGC interview. Be sure to go there their website check it.
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