I’m not sure this interview counts for much, but this is an interview with Yoko Taro from December:
What are your thoughts on Platinum as a studio and Hideki Kamiya’s statement recently about how Automata saved the studio?
What I think of Platinum [is that] they are a very talented, very unique kind of studio in their own way. People looking at Platinum from the outside often get the image that it’s just Mr. Kamiya and a number of the top-level veterans [running] everything in a very top-down way. If you look inside the company, it really isn’t like that at all. There’s a lot of really passionate, really skilled young staff directors. And obviously, they go off the line, they give their opinion about what they want to do and how they view games to the top, and then it’s those guys at the top who manage that. It’s a great company. It’s quite a rare thing to see something managed [as a] kind of bottom-up company. The other part of your question there about Mr. Kamiya’s announcement that Nier: Automata saved Platinum, I think in part, that’s just him being nice to us and talking us up. I think we’ve got a lot to thank them for as well — certainly all the young development staff I talked about. It really was a great opportunity for them to show what they’ve got and it brought them up two or three levels higher. And as a whole, I think that’s something [the whole Nier team], myself included, really have to thank them for. I think they did a really brilliant job on that.
Do you plan to continue working with Platinum?
It’s not that we’ve got anything lined up immediately, but certainly. I discussed a lot with the young staff on the Platinum team and it would be really great to work with them again in the future. I spoke with our producer at Square-Enix, Mr. [Yosuke] Saito as well about doing that in the future. Of course, the other thing is that if Square-Enix provides the money, I’ll always make anything they ask for.
It’s hard to make it from that what we should take away, necessarily. As Taro acknowledges, there’s a complication in there which is that, in public, business people shouldn’t be talking bad about each other and should big each other up. On the other hand, this does suggest potential in future collaboration or the potential for members of the Platinum team to move over to Square in the future. It’s hard to say!