PlatinumGames Says Astral Chain is Now a Nintendo IP
Something is up with the Astral Chain IP, but PlatinumGames can't say.
Astral Chain was one of the sleeper hits from 2019. It’s a great game full of weird moments, but that’s exactly what you might expect from its director Takahisa Taura who previously designed and worked on Nier: Automata. Apparently despite what you may have read or seen before, Astral Chain is now exclusively a Nintendo IP.
Astral Chain has been a Switch exclusive ever since it came out, but, as reported by VGC, PlatinumGames expressed interest in porting it over to other consoles. It seems like that will be highly unlikely now that Platinum no longer owns the property.
First noticed by fans on Reset Era earlier this month, Platinum’s website has the copyright information listed for all of their games. The information for Astral Chain no longer includes them as a copyright holder, instead only Nintendo. PlatinumGames studio head Atsushi Inaba told VGC, “it is as it looks,” and further clarified, “It’s as it is written on the website: Astral Chain is their IP and as such there are limitations on how much we feel we should talk about.”
It’s unclear at this time when exactly the copyright transferred from a 50% claim between both Nintendo and Platinum to Nintendo’s full ownership. Nintendo currently has not made a statement regarding its acquisition of the property or announced any plans they might have for it moving forward. That said, it seems unlikely that they would say anything until they have something substantial to announce.
As updates come, you can be sure to find them right here on DualShockers.
PlatinumGames recently made headlines with its cryptic marketing campaign known as the “Platinum 4.” You can find our full coverage of that here. You can also find our review of Astral Chain here, which scored a 10/10 and Tomas Franzese called, “[PlatinumGames’] most innovative action game in years and certainly one of the best games of 2019.”