Astral Chain IP Now Owned by Nintendo

As PlatinumGames has confirmed recently, Astral Chain’s intellectual property is officially owned by Nintendo now. This was further confirmed when the game’s copyright logo removed PlatinumGames. For those who don’t know, Astral Chain is a Nintendo Switch exclusive title from PlatinumGames that was initially released back in 2019, which was well-received by the community.

The action-adventure hack and slash takes place in a futuristic city, where humanity—or what was left of it—joined forces to fight an invasion of interdimensional creatures. Fans play as a police officer, who is bonded with a sentient weapon known as Legion. As for its gameplay, it plays similarly to Bayonetta or any other title developed by PlatinumGames.

However, there’s just one difference: players have to control two characters simultaneously. Specifically, they control not only the protagonist, but the Legion as well. Together, they can perform incredible attacks and deal damage to invading enemies. Astral Chain reached a status of high acclaim—a huge win for PlatinumGames, as the game even gave the company its very first #1 hit in the United Kingdom.

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That being said, it was brought to the fans’ attention that recently, Astral Chain’s copyright logo on the official PlatinumGames website was altered. To be more specific, PlatinumGames’ name was no longer on the copyright logo, yet Nintendo’s name remained.

Some believed this to be some kind of mistake at first, especially since the developer’s name was still present in other sites. Perhaps there was some kind of error on the PlatinumGames website specifically. However, PlatinumGames Studio Head Atsushi Inaba confirmed in an interview with VideoGamesChronicle that the change was, in fact, correct. He also confirmed that Nintendo now owns the IP for the game, but he didn’t explain this further.

As such, fans had to resort to theories and speculations for the cause of this change. After all, it can’t be denied that this is a strange occurrence. With that in mind, fans have formulated a theory that does seem plausible.

PlatinumGames revealed that the Kickstarter for The Wonderful 101: Remastered was launched last year, and that it was going to be released on PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. This caught fans by surprise, as the original The Wonderful 101 was exclusively released on the Wii U.

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As such, fans believe that PlatinumGames gave up the Astral Chain IP and handed it over to Nintendo in exchange for The Wonderful 101. If this is the case, then it’s possible that the deal was only secured recently, which explains the removal of PlatinumGames from the copyright logo.

That being said, it’s worth mentioning that this is pure speculation at this point, and we haven’t received any concrete information about the reason for this change yet. It’s also possible that Nintendo simply bought PlatinumGames’ hold on the game.

However, fans are now wondering what Astral Chain’s future will be. Does Nintendo plan on releasing a sequel, or will it turn the game into a full-out franchise? Also, will PlatinumGames still play a part in any future game’s development?

There are so many questions that we will have to leave unanswered for now. Hopefully Nintendo will reveal more in the coming months.

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