The approaching launch of The Fantastic 101: Remastered is likely one of the most stunning developments of 2020 up to now; initially printed by Nintendo on the Wii U, the sport was one thing of a business flop at launch however shortly gained a cult following – a following which has gleefully jumped on board with this up to date model.
PlatinumGames has all the time maintained that the remaster has solely been potential due to Nintendo’s cooperation, and that has triggered debates about who really owns the IP now. There have been rumours on the time that Tencent’s current injection of capital into PlatinumGames was used to buy the IP from Nintendo, however the Japanese studio is refusing to speak publically about possession, a minimum of in the meanwhile.
In an interview with Destructoid, Platinum’s Hideki Kamiya was requested who really owns The Fantastic 101, and replied:
Because of the kindness of Nintendo, we have been ready to do that remaster, however sadly, we won’t offer you any particulars relating to who owns The Fantastic 101.
What does this really imply? Properly, maybe lower than you assume. Dashing online game detective and occasional Nintendo Life contributor Liam Robertson fairly rightly factors out that this is not precisely an uncommon stance for a Japanese firm:
It’s all the time been collectively owned and them refusing to touch upon the standing of it’s regular for Japanese studios in my expertise. They often don’t like to debate such preparations with the general public. Is it potential that they are within the course of of adjusting who owns what proportion of it? Probably however I feel you’d get this coy response from them at any level.
So, who owns The Fantastic 101? May Nintendo nonetheless have possession, or is it one thing that’s part-owned by each companies, as Robertson suggests? Or has PlatinumGames bought the IP at a discount value, given its lacklustre efficiency on the Wii U?
Most significantly, does it actually matter so long as we get the remaster and a possible sequel?