Bayonetta 2

Ladies and gentlemen, on September 13, 2012, PlatinumGames announced a sequel to the beloved action-packed-hack and slash-videogame Bayonetta!

Yes, I can see you are delighted! But I have more exciting news!

It's an exclusive!

To the Wii-U!

Yeah!

...Wait, what?!

Yes, fellow gamers, it seems that Bayonetta 2 would not be in existence if it hadn't been for Nintendo offering to publish the game, because SEGA (the publisher of the first game) was not interested in the sequel.

Given that Bayonetta sold over 1 million copies (Source) One has to wonder why SEGA was not interested in publishing the sequel. ( Is that figure just too little nowadays? Did they lose money with the first game? )

Although Bayonetta 2 is not being directed by the beloved creator of the franchise, Hideki Kamiya, he will be supervising the sequels's development quite heavily:

". . .While I am not the director of this game, I am still supervising the world, story, characters, etc. in close coordination with Hashimoto, and I have been from the very beginning. You have nothing to work about on that end. And of course, plenty of members from the first Bayonetta are on-board and working hard under the direction of Hashimoto, so I look forward to work every day, coming in and seeing all the progress they have made on the game. With new hardware, we look forward to expanding on the Climax Action of Bayonetta, so sit tight and get ready!"
- Hideki Kamiya (Source)

And if you're worried about a new director taking over Kamiya-san's work and butchering it to death until it's a former shell of it's self (Devil May Cry 2 anyone?), I don't think you have to worry about that. Think of Viewtiful Joe 2, where Kamiya-san was once again not directing a sequel to his game, but where he still had control over the storyline, (Plus, this is PlatinumGames--not Capcom--and they actually care about their staff!)

The only concern I have regarding this exclusive deal is how many Bayonetta fans are actually interested in purchasing a Wii U. I'm a bit worried that perhaps the sequel will have poor sales simply because not enough fans of the franchise will care enough to buy a Wii U. (I don't think there will be enough newcomers to the franchise to make the sequel profitable, instead, I believe the majority of sales will be from returning fans). But maybe because Kamiya-san is directing another Wii-U title, The Wonderful 101 (previously known as P-100), perhaps there will be enough fans of his interested in a Wii-U to give Bayonetta 2 decent sales?

What are your thoughts?

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Posted by brukaoru

Ladies and gentlemen, on September 13, 2012, PlatinumGames announced a sequel to the beloved action-packed-hack and slash-videogame Bayonetta!

Yes, I can see you are delighted! But I have more exciting news!

It's an exclusive!

To the Wii-U!

Yeah!

...Wait, what?!

Yes, fellow gamers, it seems that Bayonetta 2 would not be in existence if it hadn't been for Nintendo offering to publish the game, because SEGA (the publisher of the first game) was not interested in the sequel.

Given that Bayonetta sold over 1 million copies (Source) One has to wonder why SEGA was not interested in publishing the sequel. ( Is that figure just too little nowadays? Did they lose money with the first game? )

Although Bayonetta 2 is not being directed by the beloved creator of the franchise, Hideki Kamiya, he will be supervising the sequels's development quite heavily:

". . .While I am not the director of this game, I am still supervising the world, story, characters, etc. in close coordination with Hashimoto, and I have been from the very beginning. You have nothing to work about on that end. And of course, plenty of members from the first Bayonetta are on-board and working hard under the direction of Hashimoto, so I look forward to work every day, coming in and seeing all the progress they have made on the game. With new hardware, we look forward to expanding on the Climax Action of Bayonetta, so sit tight and get ready!"
- Hideki Kamiya (Source)

And if you're worried about a new director taking over Kamiya-san's work and butchering it to death until it's a former shell of it's self (Devil May Cry 2 anyone?), I don't think you have to worry about that. Think of Viewtiful Joe 2, where Kamiya-san was once again not directing a sequel to his game, but where he still had control over the storyline, (Plus, this is PlatinumGames--not Capcom--and they actually care about their staff!)

The only concern I have regarding this exclusive deal is how many Bayonetta fans are actually interested in purchasing a Wii U. I'm a bit worried that perhaps the sequel will have poor sales simply because not enough fans of the franchise will care enough to buy a Wii U. (I don't think there will be enough newcomers to the franchise to make the sequel profitable, instead, I believe the majority of sales will be from returning fans). But maybe because Kamiya-san is directing another Wii-U title, The Wonderful 101 (previously known as P-100), perhaps there will be enough fans of his interested in a Wii-U to give Bayonetta 2 decent sales?

What are your thoughts?

Posted by Sweep

Here's the long and short of it: I'm not buying a Wii U. Therefore, I shall not buy or play the new Bayonetta and, consequently, I do not need to care about it. This is disappointing, obviously, but I'm not losing sleep over it. The original was fun but I wasn't sitting around afterwards wishing for more.

I straight up have no faith in Nintendo anymore :(

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Posted by Virago

Hmm I wonder if this will work to the advantage of Nintendo? Is there enough of a core, cult following of Bayonetta to make this worthwhile? Boost WiiU sales? I really want to find out....

Nice to see you blogging again!

<3 V