Though it wasn’t revealed in the Nintendo E3 Digital Event itself, the Treehouse Event revealed that Star Fox Zero is actually being made in collaboration with Platinum Games. Platinum Games is the team behind Wonderful 101 and the Bayonetta franchise. With Star Fox being a fan-beloved franchise, you’d think they’d want to keep it in house, and at first, they almost did.
“We didn’t really look around at that many different places,” Shigeru Miyamoto explained to IGN. “Our first instinct was to try and find an appropriate team within Nintendo. One place we kind of considered was Monolith Soft.”
However, as they continued to think about what the game should be about, and what they should focus on, Platinum became the clear choice. Miyamoto added:
“But it kind of came down to to there wasn’t really a place we wanted to work with other than Platinum just because they are so committed to creating exciting visuals. We kind of really wanted to improve the visual quality of the game.”
Miyamoto also noted that Platinum also has a great reputation for action games, which is true beyond all doubt. Hopefully, this will calm fans down in regards to the current “visual quality” of the title. Many fans noted after the reveal that the gamed didn’t look impressive visually, but with Platinum now revealed to be fully involved in the game, I’d be very surprised if the title didn’t match past Wii U Platinum titles in terms of visual quality.
Star Fox Zero is due out for a Holiday 2015 release for the Wii U console.