Multiple publishers passed on sequel
The first Bayonetta was available on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, so many fans were stunned when its sequel was announced as a Wii U exclusive. Many expressed their outrage, and called for a boycott of the game, while others demanded answers from Platinum Games as to why the game would be appearing only on a Nintendo system.
Platinum's HIdeki Kamiya recently gave a very definite and thorough answer to that question on his twitter page.
I think I have discussed this many times before but here goes... First of all, we (Platinum Games) are developers and receive support from publishers by making games that they request or suggest. As for Bayonetta, we developed the game after signing a deal with SEGA. Later it was decided to also develop the sequel, so we started working on Bayonetta 2.
When development had progressed to a certain degree, in SEGA's situation it turned into "This isn't a good plan", so development halted temporarily. Without funding we didn't have the possibility to continue development, but we wanted to get this partially developed Bayonetta 2 available to the public one way or another. So we offered it to various publishers, but as it is a big title, we couldn't find a partner company.
Finally, Bayonetta 2 was about to get terminated completely, when... Nintendo came in and lent a hand and we were able to restart the development we so desired. Finally the game was released last week, so in five years, we were able to make Bayonetta 2 available to the public. Knowing those circumstances, if someone is still angry for heading towards Nintendo, I wonder what's the reason for that, wouldn't you tell me in a way that is easy to understand? As I have said earlier, if you want Bayonetta 2 on PS4 or Xbox One, how about trying to ask Nintendo... If Nintendo doesn't say yes, it's not going to happen... While you're at it, try asking for Mario and Zelda too...
So there you go people. If it wasn't for Nintendo, this game would not exist. Many publishers had a shot at supporting the game, but (for one reason or another) they all passed. So instead of knocking Nintendo, you should be thanking them for keeping this series alive.
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