Right now, I’m busy sorting out hours of footage and plenty of words for an upcoming Bayonetta 2 review. This is a game that almost never was, until Nintendo stepped into save the day by making it a Wii U exclusive. And by exclusive, we mean proper console exclusive because you’ll never see Bayonetta return on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
And no matter how many tweets you guys send Platinum Games producer Hideki Kamiya to port the game over, it ain’t going to happen. Responding to these messages (translated by Nintendo Everything), Kamiya stood firm on the decision to keep Bayonetta 2 as a Wii U exclusive. “We [Platinum Games] are developers and receive support from publishers by making games that they request or suggest,” Kamiya explained.
As for Bayonetta, we developed the game after signing a deal with Sega. Later it was decided to also develop the sequel, so we started working on Bayonetta 2. When development had progressed to a certain degree, in Sega’s situation it turned into ‘This isn’t a good plan’, so development halted temporarily.
Without funding we didn’t have the possibility to continue development, but we wanted to get this partially developed Bayonetta 2 available to the public one way or another. So we offered it to various publishers, but as it is a big title, we couldn’t find a partner company.
Finally, Bayonetta 2 was about to get terminated completely, when Nintendo came in and lent a hand and we were able to restart the development we so desired. The game was finally released last week, so after five years, we were able to make Bayonetta 2 available to the public.
Knowing those circumstances, if someone is still angry for heading towards Nintendo, I wonder what the reason for that is: could you tell me in a way that is easy to understand? As I have said before, if you want Bayonetta 2 on PS4 or Xbox One, how about trying to ask Nintendo? If Nintendo doesn’t say yes, it’s not going to happen. While you’re at it, try asking for Mario and Zelda too.
Bayonetta 2 is out right now in Japan, and the sales aren’t exactly looking rosy. Still, that hasn’t stopped it from being a critical success with reviewers, with Famitsu scoring it a near perfect 38/40 and Edge giving the game a stunning 10/10. Expect our own review, soon when the embargo is up. And as for Kamiya and Platinum showing some loyalty? I’m behind them 100% for that decision.
Last Updated: October 1, 2014