Sega, PlatinumGames sign four-game deal

Former Capcom/Clover team announces Bayonetta, Infinite Line, and Madworld on a variety of platforms.

Now defunct Osaka-based Clover Studio was responsible for a range of successful titles over the years, including the PlayStation 2's Okami (which recently resurfaced on the Nintendo Wii), Viewtiful Joe, and God Hand.

Clover Studio boasted some of Capcom's best talent, including Atsushi Inaba (producer of Viewtiful Joe), Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil creator), and Hideki Kamiya (director of Devil May Cry and Okami). After the publisher closed the studio in 2006, several key members left to start their own studio, Seeds, which has since merged with a company known as ODD to become PlatinumGames.

Viewtiful Joe producer Atsushi Inaba.

At an event in London on Monday, Sega and PlatinumGames announced they had inked a deal for four new-IP games, which will be the studio's first. While brief details were given for three of the games, the fourth--directed by Shinji Mikami--remains under wraps for now.

Hideki Kamiya will direct Bayonetta, an action adventure game for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 that looks similar to Devil May Cry. The game follows the eponymous protagonist, a witch reborn in a modern-day setting, waging war against angels. Details were scant, but the core experience focuses unique "witch-like abilities" and her array of guns--which apparently protrude from both her hands and her feet.

Infinite Line, a sci-fi role-playing game, will be coming to Nintendo DS, and is being co-developed with Japan-based Nude Maker. It will be directed by Hifumi Kouno, who is president of Nude Maker and also helmed the Capcom mech sim Steel Battalion.

The game, inspired by the Arthur C. Clarke novel Childhood's End, sees players embark upon a journey to become captain of a spaceship. With over 200 ship designs and a wide variety of ship parts to choose from, players will need to apply some thought, both when building their vehicle and when choosing the appropriate crew to man it.

The final game announced at the event was Madworld, an ultraviolent action game coming to the Wii and directed by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami. The game has a stylised black-and-white palette, with bright red blood providing the only splash of colour onscreen. Madworld bears a striking resemblance to the Frank Miller comic series Sin City and the recent Gears of War 2 announcement trailer. Coincidentally, "Mad World" is also the title of a song that featured in an Xbox 360 Gears of War television advertisment.

The developers said they aren't setting out to make a depraved or perversely violent game with Madworld, but rather a game focused on "fun," comical violence.

PlatinumGames said they felt the Wii was missing "such a game [as] Madworld," with many games on the platform being too similar to one another. A brief gameplay segment was shown at the announcement press conference in which the game's lead character, Jack, used a chainsaw--controlled with a flick of the Wii Remote--to slice up foes, and was able to perform finishing moves such as impaling them on a nearby spiked wall.

The game also features Bloodbath Challenge minigames. One demonstrated was called Man Darts, where the object was to splatter enemies onto a giant oversized dartboard by swinging a baseball bat at the correct time.

Bayonetta, Infinite Line, Madworld, and the fourth, untitled game are currently in development and have not yet been dated. GameSpot will reveal more details as they emerge.

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88 comments
VXLbeast
VXLbeast

These guys make some beats games.

Pyben0
Pyben0

DEVIL MAY CRY ! Please more DEVIL MAY CRY !

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

maybe thay can help the world of psu as well

Megablueblastaa
Megablueblastaa

I beg of you please....PLEASE let the fourth game be God Hand 2! PLEASE!!

scorpider
scorpider

Afterall, they need to make Devil May Cry as great as possible, we have been waiting for a very long time...

FF-Is-Awsome
FF-Is-Awsome

Devil may cry without a seccond analog stick i haven't played the first one so correct me if it would still work

Xeuton_Mojukai
Xeuton_Mojukai

The reason I see the creators at Platinum as great designers is simple: they do not try to milk their creations, and instead try to make them perfect the first time. In particular, none of Kamiya's games' sequels (if any, unless directed by him anyway) have been as good as their original. Devil May Cry is still a must-play classic for any PS2 owner, as are VJ and Okami. If he's going to be working on another Devil May Cry-type game, and it's a unique IP, then this is certainly looking like a good decision for Sega. Honestly I can imagine a lot of ways that Bayonetta can be fun to play. I'm sure a lot of you have seen the video, and if you haven't you should. ~ XM

Ruhdezee
Ruhdezee

i want madworld!!!!!!!!!

Kiriyama12
Kiriyama12

clover? the only great game i remember from them is GODHAND in PS2 or is it a different clover correct me if I'm wrong, it doesn't really matter who gets it right? as long as they get some opportunity. @ rynmis i agree, do consider the PSP

kratos_karmakar
kratos_karmakar

news flash. Sega ... i mean the real sega from the days of mega drive 2 is in the same league as capcom. recently i take a look at capcom and am truly disgusted . milking every single penny out of the already great and famous and popular franchises they have whilst not having the guts to do something new. infact the last thing they did that was new was LOST PLANET and it wasnt that gud of a game. the ressurection of Bionic Commando is proof of this. i think a classic is only a classic because of the timeline of its release. wy bring something like that back even if its gonna b a gr8 game.personally im not dying for the next gen remake. and i hate them for dissolving CLOVER. good luck making the next okami.if Hideki Kamiya isnt there the next okami ( if there is gonna b 1 ) wont b the okami i played on ma ps2. ill tell it first. the next title after bionic and commando and resi 5 thats gonna b announced is ONIMUSHA 5. not that im complaining. thats 1 title i really am waiting for. every 1 knows the saying u dont know wat u got before u loose it. well CAPCOM doest ..... but tCAPCOMS surely gonna know wat they had after BAYONETTA comes. mark ma words.

AgileNate
AgileNate

Go SEGA!! I will be there to see the rise!!! They need good advertising for Clover Studio's type of games. People look at them and dont know anything about them and wont take the chance on a $60 game they dont know about. If these games get to the people Sega can come become just as good as Capcom.

peterlala2002
peterlala2002

SEGA!~ w00000t! back to the glory day's, love you sega! finally we will PWN! btw, EA sucks! ... forget about them! SEGA and lets buy these former clover studio members! expand the 4 game contract to ... FOREVER!

rynmls
rynmls

DS again?what about the psp?

Lucid1314
Lucid1314

so this mean there's going to be no Devil May Cry for the PSP then? D:

MatthewNintendo
MatthewNintendo

Sega made a good move there. Bet Capcom will be kicking themselves for shutting down clover studios now.

Jono0
Jono0

Woha. Madworld sounds damn awesome. I cant wait! I hope it will be finished soon. The wii could use some violent games.

BatrozX
BatrozX

woah woah woah, all of this games are from ex-employees of Capcom who now work for SEGA??!! They all moved to SEGA??!!!!! OMG!!!! O_O This is some good news for me and for all SEGA fans out there, SEGA is really going to bring a smackdown soon, and one that will mark all gaming companies!!!

DSJAM
DSJAM

Mad World looks insane! And being a sci-fi geek,I'm too excited for Infinte Line. Can't wait to get my hands on this stuff!

johnwillfindit
johnwillfindit

I am interested in mad world, No More Heroes has got me in the mood for another over the top fighting game and if there is one genre that sega knows how to do its a button masher, not to mention the fact that clover is working on this

Bigbudd0045
Bigbudd0045

they should have called their studio Odd SEED much better then Platinum

supersonic125
supersonic125

Sega is bringing it this year , can EA do the same , dont think so

Trajectorize
Trajectorize

Quite a coop for Sega if we eventually see games of the caliber of Okami and VJ. Here's hoping PlatinumGames helps bring Sega back to its former heights, rather than Sega drag PG down to its recent disappointing levels. Go Sega!!!

The_Owner
The_Owner

Except for Condemned, Sega hasn't really impressed me lately. Hopefully this will mark the beginning of some improvements in their games.

Zar_InHELL
Zar_InHELL

I want GodHand 2.... ppl please give it a try ^ - ^``

Petri87
Petri87

@Mattyrock - Sega is just publishing the games and PG is making them. And theres nothing wrong whit Sega. They have published one of my favorite games this gen. Condemned.

speedracerUNT
speedracerUNT

"Barely making new stuff???? Lost Planet, Dead Rising, Zack & Wiki, Street Fighter 4, Bionic Commando, Devil May Cry 4, Resident Evil 5, Dark Void, Monster Hunter Freedom, Ace Attorney, Perfect Prosecutor, We Love Golf, plus tons of stuff on XBL and PSN. Seriously, name a publisher out there who has released more new stuff than Capcom this generation." -kpsikill- Word. As sad as it was that Clover Studios got canned, I gotta say Capcom is still defining the world of gaming (Dead Rising anyone?). Plus, Street Fighter 4 looks like a refreshing twist on the 2D fighting genre.

kpsikill
kpsikill

"I can't wait to see what they come up with. They were the brains behind Capcom's success. Now Capcom is without them and now look where they've been, barely making new stuff except re-releasing old stuff." --lamprey263 Barely making new stuff???? Lost Planet, Dead Rising, Zack & Wiki, Street Fighter 4, Bionic Commando, Devil May Cry 4, Resident Evil 5, Dark Void, Monster Hunter Freedom, Ace Attorney, Perfect Prosecutor, We Love Golf, plus tons of stuff on XBL and PSN. Seriously, name a publisher out there who has released more new stuff than Capcom this generation.

King-gamer
King-gamer

good thing they are making MadWorld it for wii. Wii needs more games.

futs22
futs22

Madworld has piqued my interest. Too bad it's just for the Wii...for now.

Dragoon_Of_Dark
Dragoon_Of_Dark

Cool I think i'll buy Bayonetta when it comes out sounds like my kinda game

Mattyrock
Mattyrock

Pretty interesting but I'm not sure if they can trust Sega because of their doing. Okami, Viewtiful Joe and God Hand were awesome games. I agree that there should be another JSR.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I can't wait to see what they come up with. They were the brains behind Capcom's success. Now Capcom is without them and now look where they've been, barely making new stuff except re-releasing old stuff.

Petri87
Petri87

Awesome, I sence that my Wii purchase is getting closer. And i really hope Shinji Mikami is working on a action horror game or something like that. Also, Bayonetta.... super sweet.

ViVi110
ViVi110

I wonder if they will try at an Okami 2 this time.

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

Madworld eh?. Well I have faith in Shinji Mikami

UltimateXShadow
UltimateXShadow

I'm liking what I'm reading about Madworld. Even the name sounds fun!

Merl57
Merl57

finally some mature games for the wii

Pete5506
Pete5506

More Jet grind rideo who be nice

okassar
okassar

Madworld looks ridiculous...it is indeed ultraviolent, but everything in it looks too comical for me.

Darkwolf2021
Darkwolf2021

GIVE ME ANOTHER JET GRIND RADIO DAMMIT >.

Richmaester6907
Richmaester6907

SEGA hasnt got the best rep when it comes to games but with some luck they should bring some amazing titles to consoles

Taegre
Taegre

Sega really has been developing a reputation for publishing the crazy titles few mainstream companies would be willing to risk money on. I can't imagine EA or Activision publishing Condemned untouched. Now Sega is going where even Capcom dared not to.