Heroism just got a whole lot taller.
Over the course of his career, Platinum Games founder and director Hideki Kamiya has been working on a trifecta of games based on Japanese TV heroes. The first game in this trilogy was 2003’s Viewtiful Joe, which was inspired by the solo heroes of the Kamen Rider series. The second game was 2013’s The Wonderful 101, which took cues from the heroic teams of the Super Sentai series (or Power Rangers, if you prefer). Yesterday, Platinum announced the third and final game to complete this trilogy, a gigantic action brawler currently known only as “Project G.G.”
In the first trailer for the project, we see a giant monster rampaging through a city, leaving rubble in its wake. Before the rubble can crush a poor doggie, a silhouetted man runs out and, in a flash of light, transforms into a colossal hero to save the dog and challenge the monster. If you’re not up to date on Japanese hero shows, this concept draws clear inspiration from the long-running Ultraman series, featuring a giant hero battling equally giant monsters.
In an interview with Gematsu, Kamiya, along with studio head Atsushi Inaba, offered a few tidbits on the kind of game they hope G.G. will be.
- Inaba: “If we were to put this game into a genre, it would be something-something, action, something-something.”
- Kamiya: “While its feel as an action game is important, it is not a game solely focused on action.”
The project has only just started, so there’s no projection for release, but Inaba did add that they are hoping to release the game on all available platforms. Project G.G. is the second part of Platinum’s mysterious “Platinum4” campaign, which promises four major project announcements in the near future.
PlatinumGames is proud to announce the next game from director Hideki Kamiya: Project G.G.! This all-new, heroic title is a big step for PlatinumGames as our first 100% pure Platinum IP!https://t.co/5i8iwBAmyk #platinum4 pic.twitter.com/V9zaKeSoA0
— PlatinumGames Inc. (@platinumgames) February 26, 2020
In related news, The Wonderful 101: Remastered, which was the first part of Platinum4, has received its official release date after its successful Kickstarter (which yours truly contributed to). The game will be releasing for PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch on May 19 in North America, May 22 in Europe, and June 11 in Japan. Pre-orders are gradually opening up on all retailers, and the game is expected to run for around $40.