Platinum Games are announcing a new title this E3, alongside Scalebound, which has got us all rather hot under the collar. Perhaps a little sticky. Metaphorically. With anticipation and, you know, stuff.
The fact that we love Platinum Games is a matter of public record, but we're also excited because Scalebound's creative director has been teasing us mercilessly. "So this is happening," JP Kellams tweeted. "It will surprise you. Might even make you cry."
It's an interesting turn of phrase that we'll discuss later, but for now, let's discuss what we hope the announcement might be. Starting with one of the games that has topped our wishlist for years...
We need it so badly.
See, with apologies to both Gears and Uncharted, Vanquish was the best third-person shooter of Generation 7. Extraordinarily fast and fluid, dynamic and technical but most importantly fun, it was a revelation.
However, it's very unlikely that Shinji Mikami would be involved unless Bethesda acted as publishers, presumably setting up a partnership between Platinum and Tango. Perhaps Vanquish 2 will remain a pipe dream.
Not another quick cash-in
The Legend Of Korra was one of Platinum's very few missteps. Agreeing to make a cheap anime tie-in for none other than Activision, they duly assembled a half-decent yet short and flawed brawler last year. We hope that, whatever their announcement is, they put 100% of their time and effort into it.
Devil May Cry V
"It will surprise you. Might even make you cry."
HALF-LIFE 3 CONFIRMED. Wait, no. DEVIL MAY CRY V CONFIRMED.
Platinum actually worked on the original Devil May Cry before the split from Capcom, so it's just possible that they'd be tapped for a sequel. However, considering that Platinum vowed to never work with them again, the price would have to be astronomical.
Bayonetta 2 multiplatform
shortsighted idiots people got very angry about Bayonetta 2 being a Wii U exclusive, because they didn't appreciate the fact that Nintendo were the only company willing to make the game. Without them, Bayonetta 2 would have never existed.
Now, however, perhaps Platinum has the capital to bring Bayonetta 2 to other systems. The more people who get to play it, the better, even if fans will have already played it on Wii U.
That implausible Metroid collaboration I've always wanted
You know, this one.
Metal Gear Rising 2: Revengeance Is A Dish Best Served Awesome
We can work on the subtitle.
More than anything, we want Platinum to announce something totally new. Not a sequel. Not a reboot. Not a re-release. A completely new IP with brand new characters, a new universe and new exciting gameplay opportunties.
See, Platinum split from Capcom because they were being forced to make sequels when they wanted to really create. They've been able to do just that, their strengths lie in developing fresh, new and awesome things. Rather than churning back over past franchises, we love them as one of the few studios who keep on pushing forward, and here's hoping that's exactly what happens.
And Vanquish 2, though.
What do you want to see from Platinum Games at E3? Have your say in the comments!