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Ahead of Bayonetta 3’s Release, PlatinumGames Reflects on the Absolute Failure that is Babylon’s Fall

Game news Ahead of Bayonetta 3’s Release, PlatinumGames Reflects on the Absolute Failure that is Babylon’s Fall

In October, PlatinumGames should return with the highly anticipated Bayonetta 3. But before this return, the Japanese studio was already present in the video game scene in 2022 with Babylon’s Fall, a service game that missed its publication completely. The studio’s CEO returned to this massive failure.

A big flop

The Fall of Babylon didn’t appeal to the players, and that’s almost an understatement. The PlatinumGames software is undoubtedly the biggest failure of the year on the side of the video game scene. After a disastrous launchthe title published by Square Enix quickly faded into obscurity, so much so that the physical editions were eventually destroyed by the resellers, for lack of demand.

Due to a lack of demand and therefore of players on the servers, PlatinumGames is forced to shorten the suffering of its game. the servers will officially shut down in early 2023. Far from being a defeatist, however, PlatinumGames CEO Atsushi Inaba returned to the complete failure of his teams during an interview with VGC. During the interview, the person involved apologizes to the players, yet claims to have learned rich lessons from this dirty experience.

Ahead of Bayonetta 3's Release, PlatinumGames Reflects on the Absolute Failure that is Babylon's FallAhead of Bayonetta 3's Release, PlatinumGames Reflects on the Absolute Failure that is Babylon's Fall

Atsushi Inaba apologizes

Atsushi Inaba, aware of the damage his teams and himself have inflicted on their fans, wanted to apologize to them first. Nevertheless, the CEO admits that this failure cannot be entirely the studio’s responsibility and asks that Square Enix be referred to “to understand the reasons or the process that led to the game as it is”.

The first important thing I would like to point out is that we cannot comment on certain aspects of our games developed with our partners and this is one of the reasons why we don’t really appreciate our current situation, which limits us to the development of games(…) All we can comment on is the ending of Babylon’s Fall, an unfortunate conclusion that has undoubtedly led to disappointment and even anger among our devoted fans and players. The disappointment we may have caused is something we sincerely regret (…) Conveying a feeling very different from joy and fun through our creations is not something that makes us proud as developers.

Go ahead and continue the games service

Despite this statement, the CEO wants to be confident and make the most of this failure. According to the stakeholder, the studio should still rely on service games in the future.

We learned a lot from that experience and it hasn’t changed our plans or changed our desire to pursue service games in the future. We definitely want to continue making service games and continue our efforts to move forward.

Given the Babylon’s Fall disaster, it’s hard to be optimistic about seeing a new game service from PlatinumGames. Anyway, we’ll have to wait before we have any news from the studio following the release of Bayonetta 3, slated for October 28th on Nintendo Switch.

Ahead of Bayonetta 3's Release, PlatinumGames Reflects on the Absolute Failure that is Babylon's Fall