Following a whole lot of maybe, maybe nots, a Bayonetta sequel was unexpectedly announced yesterday, but it wasn’t quite what the fans might have hoped for – the game is (for the moment, anyway) a Wii U exclusive.
For some people, it seems, this has been a declaration of all-out war. Probably the same people who make a big deal of games being exclusive when they want them to be, but whatever.
The response on Twitter has been predictably dramatic, with comments ranging from the predictably disparaging:
To the predictably violent:
To the predictably so-hurt, so-betrayed:
Meanwhile, the response from developer Platinum Games has been predictably bland, with the studio boss Tatsuya Minami admitting that “the announcement may have come as a shock to many of you.”
In a statement released to the press, Minami said that:
As with Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2 is under development and production here at Platinum Games, and is a true sequel to the acclaimed first game in the series. Bayonetta is one of our most beloved titles, and it played a large part in establishing Platinum Games as an emerging game studio in the minds of users worldwide. Bayonettahas fans the world over, and we would never dream of alienating them from participating in the future of Platinum Games.
That being said, the console games market is in a state of upheaval, so establishing a new game franchise requires a considerable amount of will, determination, and love. Bayonetta is a brand that we want to see become stronger, reaching the hands of more and more gamers, so we have continued to consult with Sega, the previous game’s publisher, on how we can make sure this takes place. Our answer was a new partnership with Nintendo.
Along with their new hardware, Nintendo, as a company, is dedicated to establishing a new future for the games industry, as you can tell by their record of passionate support for gaming. Alongside Nintendo, we hope to grow the Bayonetta brand beyond where it stands today, allowing even more gamers around the world to experience the action of our beloved witch. As developers, we are working hard to make this a reality.
The hilarious thing about it is, without Nintendo signing up the project, there probably wouldn’t even be a Bayonetta 2, so it’s either a Wii U exclusive or nothing. Think about that.