While gamers expected the Wii U price and release date information to be revealed on Thursday, they did not expect to see Bayonetta 2 come out as a Nintendo published exclusive. Developer PlatinumGames explained the move in a released statement.
“As game developers, we are incredibly excited to be able to announce a new title to all of our fans,” wrote PlatinumGames President Tatsuya Minami before going on to state the obvious. “[H]owever, we are aware that the announcement may have come as a shock to many of you.
“As with Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2 is under development and production here at PlatinumGames, 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 PlatinumGames as an emerging game studio in the minds of users worldwide. Bayonetta has fans the world over, and we would never dream of alienating them from participating in the future of PlatinumGames.”
Unfortunately, there are some Bayonetta fans that do feel alienated due to the Wii U exclusive move and have made their disappointment known via social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook. However, it almost sound like the game would not have been made under the Sega banner and the teaming up with Nintendo was the only way to create a sequel.
“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.”
Bayonetta 2 does not currently have a release date yet and was not included in the list of over 50 titles coming by the end of March 2013. It is safe to assume we won’t see Bayonetta, her hair and her guns until much later.
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