There is a lot of love for PlatinumGames here at Game It All, but even we have to admit that the company has some major setbacks. The success of Nier: Automata has brought some new hope for company, especially in co-founder Hideki Kamiya, who in a tribute to Nier: Automata’s director Yoko Taro for helping the studio make a turnaround.
“Nier’s success has to this point given Platinum a new fanbase, a growing staff, a brilliant success story, an increase in qualified job applicants, and a great benefit,” Kamiya tweeted, according to a translation from NeoGAF. “Normally, I can’t help but do everything by myself … it’s a pitiful story, but to say that Yoko-san saved Platinum would not be an exaggeration. I cannot thank him enough.”
There was a lot riding on Nier: Automata with the company. The game released just weeks after the high-profile cancellation of Scalebound, the Xbox One and Windows PC exclusive Action RPG that had been one of Microsoft’s anticipated titles. Before the cancellation, two of Platinum’s release including Star Fox Zero and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan where both critically panned by reviewers and audience.
Still Nier: Automata exceeded Square Enix’s sales expectations, stating in May that it should more than 1.5 million copies, this is likely thanks to extremely positive reviews and Demo that was released that solidified the game’s standing.