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Yoko Taro (and 'Nier: Automata') Saved Platinum Games
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Characters 9S and 2B from the video game 'Nier: Automata.' Platinum Games2/5

Yoko Taro (and 'Nier: Automata') Saved Platinum Games

Yoko Taro is a Japanese game developer known for his quirky creative process and interesting taste in headgear. Now, he might be known for something else: saving Platinum Games from financial collapse. Polygon reports Platinum co-founder Hideki Kamiya offered a lovely tribute to the Nier: Automata director on Twitter, noting that the game's success helped turn the struggling studio around.

"Nier's success has to this point given Platinum a new fanbase, a growing staff, a brilliant success story, an increase in qualified job applicants, and a great benefit," Kamiya tweeted, according this translation from gaming forum NeoGAF. "Normally, I can't help but do everything by myself ... it's a pitiful story, but to say that Yoko-san saved Platinum would not be an exaggeration. I cannot thank him enough."

Nier: Automata was a surprise hit earlier this year. It beat publisher Square Enix's sales expectations, selling more than 1.5 million copies to date.

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