Every now and then the Internet almost literally explodes with gamers around the world venting their frustrations. Yesterday, in case you happen to have missed it, was one of those days when Platinum games officially announced that they were working on Bayonetta 2. That’s not the bit that made the Internet explode, this is: they also announced that Bayonetta 2 would be exclusive to Nintendo’s new console, the Wii U.
This announcement acted as a spark to an enormous powder keg of crazy as gamers took to their keyboards to voice their disappointment that the anticipated sequel would be an exclusive. And the ugly, horrible, almost despicable side of our culture reared its head: Platinum Games and Nintendo both started to receive threats and vulgar comments from angry gamers, once again lending credence to the mainstream media who so like to tear into our beloved hobby. Still, amongst the hate the vast majority of gamers were actually quitpleased with the news, and there was a genuine point: what about the gamers who loved and supported the first game on Playstation and Xbox? Now they would have to go and purchase a whole new console, one that they may not desire, should they wish to play the second game.
However, what many gamers forgot to take into consideration was that Bayonetta 2 was under serious threat of never getting made. Earlier this year rumours began to surface that SEGA, who publisher the first game, had in fact cancelled the developement of Bayonetta 2 during an restructure of the company, along with several other titles. Should this be true, and and this point is seems bloody likely that it is, then Nintendo actually saved Bayonetta 2, giving it an opportunity to see the light of day.
But back to the present. Today Platinum Game’s President Tatsuya Minami stepped forward to address the legions of anxious fans, having this to say: “Bayonetta has 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 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.”
He continued by saying, “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.
We hope that you will look forward to what we have in store”
It does seem strange to say that you want your game to reach as many people as possible yet make it an exclusive to just one single console. It’s also rather strange to imagine the ultra-mental and violent Bayonetta on a Nintendo console. But anyway, there you have it, official word from Platinum themselves.
What say you about this?