“The Wonderful 101”
Topline: Japanese developer PlatinumGames ended up raising $2.2 million from over 33,000 backers on Kickstarter off a goal of $51,254 for The Wonderful 101: Remastered, part of its major strategic shift to begin self-publishing its games.
- Directed by Bayonetta-creator Hideki Kamiya, The Wonderful 101 was originally launched exclusively on Nintendo’s ill-fated Wii U console in 2013, resulting in poor sales for the well-reviewed action game.
- The Kickstarter was the first of four major announcements planned by Platinum, two others being a brand new original IP from the company tentatively called Project G.G. and a new Tokyo-based studio that’s set to develop the game.
- Back in January, in order to start self-publishing its own games and retain IP rights, the company sold a minority stake to internet giant Tencent.
- Stretch goals for the campaign included Steam and PlayStation 4 versions along with the initial Nintendo Switch release, a new 2D side-scroller game mode and a remix of its soundtrack.
- The Wonderful 101: Remastered is set to launch on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Steam May 19.
Key Background: While it’s known for its action franchise Bayonetta, PlatinumGames doesn’t own any of the properties its created. Though it’s continuing to work with outside publishers—It’s currently developing Bayonetta 3 with Nintendo and Babylon’s Fall with Square Enix—the company has sometimes struggled with these relationships. In 2017, its game Scalebound was cancelled by its publisher, Microsoft. While he didn’t specify why the company was in a bad state, Kamiya said the commercial success of Nier: Automata, which launched in 2017 and shipped 4 million copies by 2019, saved the company from closure.