Previously established as ODD Ltd. in February 2006, the company changed its name to ODD Inc. in July 2006. In October 2007, ODD merged with SEEDS Inc., a developer established by ex-key members of Clover Studio Co., Ltd., a subsidiary company of Capcom. The combined company is now known by its present name of PlatinumGames.
2008 saw the announcement of a four title publishing deal with SEGA Co, Ltd. These titles include Devil May Cry creator Hideki Kamiya’s Bayonetta (PLAYSTATION(R) 3/Xbox(R) 360), black-and-white actioner MadWorld (Nintendo Wii(TM)), and RPG Infinite Space, developed in conjunction with Tokyo-based NudeMaker Inc., for the Nintendo DS(TM). A fourth title, helmed by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami of Straight Story Ltd., has yet to be announced.
- ODD Ltd. established.
- Changed company name to ODD Inc.
- Head Office moved to 1-1-30 Oyodonaka, Kita-ku, Osaka.
- Merged with SEEDS Inc.
- Changed company name to PlatinumGames Inc.
- Four title published agreement with SEGA announced.
- Bayonetta, MadWorld, and Infinite Space revealed.
About the PG Name
The Meaning of PlatinumGames
PlatinumGames seeks to provide gamers worldwide with games of the highest quality. We aim to surprise and delight our users, exceeding their expectations. It is this drive that dictates how we create our products and also how we chose a company name.
Platinum, renowned for its high quality, is a metal that keeps its luster forever. It was with this property in mind that we named our company PlatinumGames Inc.
Platinum is a chemical element with an atomic number of 78 and an atomic symbol of Pt. Platinum is extremely stable, resistant to oxidation, and has a high melting point of 1772℃. While used in a variety of applications, such as standard weights and measures, electrodes, crucibles, and inoculations loops, platinum is most often used as a precious metal for use in jewelry. It is said that where silver and gold simply melt away, platinum holds firm against the flame, retaining its shape. This lastingness is held as one of the many reasons why platinum is crafted into engagement rings. Platinum also resists the effects of acid, and will only dissolve if exposed to the reagent aqua regia. Extremely rare, worldwide production of platinum is 1/33 that of gold.