The original Bayonetta had a fairly successful, albeit a bit mixed, critical reception, but Platinum Games found Bayonetta 2 to be a tough sell to publishers. Nobody wanted to take the risk, but then Nintendo came along and snatched the game up as a Wii U exclusive. It’s been a long journey, but the wait is almost over. As it turns out, director Yusuke Hashimoto already has his eyes set on the future, and he hopes to see Bayonetta 3 on a Nintendo console too.
Speaking with CVG, Hashimoto explained that the relationship between Nintendo and Platinum Games has been very beneficial thus far, with Nintendo allowing for creative freedom while still offering objective criticisms to improve the development process. When asked about the future of the franchise, Hashimoto expressed interest in continuing that relationship with Nintendo for the next title.
“Should the opportunity arise I’d definitely like to keep nurturing this franchise. It might not be me [directing], but should somebody else take over I would definitely be there to support and help just as [Hideki] Kamiya has for me. Though there’s a chance I could direct in future as well! In terms of nurturing the content of this game, there’s a lot that we learned from Nintendo and if possible we would love to do it again and keep nurturing our child.” — Yusuke Hashimoto
Bayonetta 2 launches exclusively on Wii U this September in Japan and October globally. Hopefully we see great results from this partnership, and the potential for the franchise to continue in the future.