Platinum Games Responds to Angry Bayonetta Fans

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Platinum Games Responds to Angry Bayonetta Fans

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"A state of upheaval" in the console gaming market led to Bayonetta 2's Wii U exclusivity.

When Bayonetta 2 was announced as a Wii U exclusive, some gamers were less than enthused. Developer Platinum Games responded to the, uh, passionate reaction on its website today, saying that it was "aware that the announcement may have come as a shock to many of you." While Platinum had "no intention of alienating" fans, it was very excited about its partnership with Nintendo, calling the Wii U maker "dedicated to establishing a new future for the games industry."

"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," Platinum said of the difficulties involved in creating a sequel to Bayonetta. Calling it "one of our most beloved titles," the developer stated that it went to Sega in order to continue the franchise, but ultimately "our answer was a new partnership with Nintendo." Thanks to this partnership, "even more gamers around the world" will be able to enjoy the continuing series.

Platinum wants the Bayonetta brand to keep growing under the Nintendo partnership, and hopes that gamers will look forward to Bayonetta 2 and wherever the series might go beyond that. Seeing a formerly multiplatform game get a console-exclusive sequel hasn't been easy for some fans, but it sounds like Bayonetta 2 never would have happened without Nintendo. We'll see just how well this partnership works out when Bayonetta 2 launches at some indeterminate point in the future.

Source: Platinum Games via IGN

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How does being an exclusive to a single console reach more people?

Platinum, you see, there's this thing called logic. You seem to be missing it.

Ghonzor:
How does being an exclusive to a single console reach more people?

Platinum, you see, there's this thing called logic. You seem to be missing it.

He said the series. Which is true.

They just don't want to admit straight-out that Nintendo is the only reason why this game is being published in the first place.

Also, keep working at it Sarah. Looks like you got all of the news duties dumped on you while everyone else is having fun at the Expo >.>

Actually, it's not a bad idea at all, although that statement of "even more gamers around the world will get to play it" is all kinds of wrong and stupid, Nintendo may be up to something and I'm interested on seeing more of this.

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So let me get this straight Platinum games wanted to make Bayonetta 2 but the geniuses at Sega decides that the continued assrape of the Sonic series was a better business plan and said No. So Nintendo wanting to win back the more "traditional" gaming demographic decides to do something almost completely out of character and publish an almost certainly M rated game (Which I might add gamer have been wanting Nintendo to "grow up" for years now)
And what do they get for it?
The pathetic bitching of anti-Nintendo fanboy gamers who fail to see that now without Nintendo THERE IS NO BAYONETTA 2.

The only way I could see this going bad was if Nintendo decides to censor it, Like say every time Bayonetta shows a some skin they covered her Ass/Tits with Mario style question mark boxes.

Also does this mean that Bayonetta will be in the next Smash Bros?

I didn't realize Bayonetta had such a diehard fanbase. I mean it was a decent exploitation flick style game, but it certainly doesn't warrant such an angry uprising. Besides, the dev isn't really faring to well at the moment so cut them some slack. If they can manage to get back on their feet with Nintendo's help then I'd wager they'll make a release to the other platforms when they do.

On a more cynical note, I'm sure the real reason behind the anger is that the crotches of many male teenagers will go unchaffed with it as a Wii U exclusive.

so a sequel of bayonetta is coming?

that sounds like great news?

oh wait, it is!

TP just wants to create the game, and only way was with nintendo, good for them.

"Stop embarrassing us and yourselves. It was this or nothing"

~Platinum Games

~Also everyone who wasn't complaining about it

Fappy:
They just don't want to admit straight-out that Nintendo is the only reason why this game is being published in the first place.

Also, keep working at it Sarah. Looks like you got all of the news duties dumped on you while everyone else is having fun at the Expo >.>

That is the impression that I got as well. When he stated that they went to SEGA first and pretty much got the finger, nintendo seemed to be the only one willing to support them. Can't blame them for that.

Fappy:
They just don't want to admit straight-out that Nintendo is the only reason why this game is being published in the first place.

o.0 isn't that what they they just said though? cause its what it sounds like to me

Ghonzor:
How does being an exclusive to a single console reach more people?

Platinum, you see, there's this thing called logic. You seem to be missing it.

Because games that never get released reach even fewer people.

I will actually give credit here where it is due here. This seems like a (minor) sign of the next generation of consoles moving on ahead, with exclusive titles for the first of its kind.

It would not really work making it for both the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U, the Wii U would be slaughtered by having to lower the quality to the other two. And this is said purely from the objective standpoint of the power of the three compared to one another (Wii U on the higher ground, the other two on the lower).

As much as I feel for the Bayonetta Fanbase, this was inevitably going to happen sooner or later. It was either for Xbox and PS3 and not Wii U, or reversed, and without Nintendo's support it would have stayed dead to begin with.

It is about damn time tbh... the sooner we can do this transition the better. And we are WAY overdue already, good job Nintendo - your move Microsoft and Sony.

What upheaval? You mean this ONE new generation consol that's coming out?

Ghonzor:
How does being an exclusive to a single console reach more people?

Platinum, you see, there's this thing called logic. You seem to be missing it.

Well, technically, reaching SOME people is better than reaching NO people. It's pretty clear this game wouldn't be happening without Nintendo stepping in.

Personally, I don't care what anyone says, this is a good thing in my book. Bayonetta was a brilliant action game, and I'm thrilled at the prospect of getting more of it.

ANImaniac89:
The only way I could see this going bad was if Nintendo decides to censor it, Like say every time Bayonetta shows a some skin they covered her Ass/Tits with Mario style question mark boxes.

I'd buy the game hands down if Nintendo took that approach. That'd be too funny to pass up.

But in all seriousness, if Nintendo had games like No More Heroes and Mad World on the Wii before, I think Bayonetta 2 will be relatively safe. I'm curious to see how it plays out on the Wii U. Gonna have to wait a while for some gameplay footage.

Ghonzor:
How does being an exclusive to a single console reach more people?

Platinum, you see, there's this thing called logic. You seem to be missing it.

No Bayonetta 2 or Bayonetta 2 on the WiiU.
Which one will reach more people?

Eh, right now if you want to watch a storm of bitching you only need turn your attention to any US embassy in the Middle East.

But thats a bit off-topic, so heres some on-topic.

My acid reflux over the games evident future has died down and im now willing to chance it, provided the controls stay as concise (i.e. minimal movement of the hands when im wailing on a crowd of angels) as possible.

The other reason why im willing to chance it is because theres a Monster Hunter game coming to the Wii U as well. and i hate to buy whole consoles just for the sake of one game, even if the one game in question will see me though entertainment-wise until im literally physically sick of it.

Also to throw some fuel on the fire, why didnt Platinum seek the help of other publishers? I wont say Capcom for a list of obvious reasons not least that they wouldnt publish a competitor to one of thier own franchises, but theres Atlus and probably others...

To be quite honest, I should start trying to find work and Nintendo, because honestly, they could have made a killing on Bayonetta 2. Firstly by the fact Bayonetta has a pre-made fan base on the PS3 and X-Box 360, and with that in mind, Nintendo could have published Bayonetta 2 for the other consoles, and made money of their enemies, honestly a new game is $60 all day long. And if that wasn't enough, they could have built the excitement by making Bayonetta 2 a timed Wii U exclusive, giving fans more of a reason to get it.

I'm still trying to get my head around a partnership between Sega and Nintendo

Orbot_Vectorman:
To be quite honest, I should start trying to find work and Nintendo, because honestly, they could have made a killing on Bayonetta 2. Firstly by the fact Bayonetta has a pre-made fan base on the PS3 and X-Box 360, and with that in mind, Nintendo could have published Bayonetta 2 for the other consoles, and made money of their enemies, honestly a new game is $60 all day long. And if that wasn't enough, they could have built the excitement by making Bayonetta 2 a timed Wii U exclusive, giving fans more of a reason to get it.

There are people who will buy the WiiU only because of Bayonetta, or Bayonetta was the game that changed their mind.

IF N published the game on the PS360, those people wouldn't have bought the WiiU. If those people didn't buy the WiiU, they wouldn't be potential buyers for other games published on the WiiU.

They wold most likely make more money on Bayonetta 2 than this way, but they would be losing in the long run.

Lunar Templar:

Fappy:
They just don't want to admit straight-out that Nintendo is the only reason why this game is being published in the first place.

o.0 isn't that what they they just said though? cause its what it sounds like to me

Essentially, but they didn't seem to come right out and blatantly say it. I really wouldn't want to either in their shoes.

Orbot_Vectorman:
To be quite honest, I should start trying to find work and Nintendo, because honestly, they could have made a killing on Bayonetta 2. Firstly by the fact Bayonetta has a pre-made fan base on the PS3 and X-Box 360, and with that in mind, Nintendo could have published Bayonetta 2 for the other consoles, and made money of their enemies, honestly a new game is $60 all day long. And if that wasn't enough, they could have built the excitement by making Bayonetta 2 a timed Wii U exclusive, giving fans more of a reason to get it.

I wouldn't be surprised if at a much later date they publish it for other consoles.

Gamers got angry cos dante change his hair cut

I think we should probably stop caring

Fappy:
They just don't want to admit straight-out that Nintendo is the only reason why this game is being published in the first place.

Also, keep working at it Sarah. Looks like you got all of the news duties dumped on you while everyone else is having fun at the Expo >.>

Yeah, I couldn't help but notice all I've seen for the past few days is Sarah Leboef and WiiU news, I could've sworn i was onto some conspiracy about her being a Nintendo agent infiltrating the Escapist. The expo explains everything though.

OT: Nintendo only release their games on their own consoles, it's that simple. Same reason why you don't see Sony's exclusives on other consoles. Had Platinum still been with SEGA on this deal, then they could've released as normal, but when SEGA fails them and Nintendo is the only one taking up the banner, then it's Nintendo's game and rules.

Fappy:

Lunar Templar:

Fappy:
They just don't want to admit straight-out that Nintendo is the only reason why this game is being published in the first place.

o.0 isn't that what they they just said though? cause its what it sounds like to me

Essentially, but they didn't seem to come right out and blatantly say it. I really wouldn't want to either in their shoes.

I don't think they have anything to be ashamed of, though. Bayonetta sold over a million copies (and keep in mind, that article is just from a month after its release). That's why I was surprised at the cancellation rumors. I doubt anyone thought it would sell like Call of Duty. A million+ sales is pretty successful by most standards. So why wouldn't SEGA greenlight a sequel?

Wtf? I... I didn't even PLAY Bayonetta and this makes me furious. Imagine, you support a game, love it unto death and then it jumps ship to some other platform you might not even own let alone want. The WiiU? From PS3 to some wonky new handheld; srsly?

Man. It's like getting ditched after a one night stand without so much as a "Play it again, Sam." Instead fans get "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." Cold, Platinum. Cold.

I can understand WHY its being published for the Wii U......but does it coming out on a Nintendo system mean the delicious, crazy, over-the-top sexuality, action and characters will be cut back on?

That was a big part of what made the first Bayonetta so great.

Hmm...so SEGA's financial issues lead to this...I guess if it's either that or no Bayonetta 2 I guess I'll have to understand.

Ah well, I was gonna get one eventually, I guess now I'll play things beyond the new No More Heroes and pokemon on it. :D

Nicolaus99:
Wtf? I... I didn't even PLAY Bayonetta and this makes me furious. Imagine, you support a game, love it unto death and then it jumps ship to some other platform you might not even own let alone want. The WiiU? From PS3 to some wonky new handheld; srsly?

Man. It's like getting ditched after a one night stand without so much as a "Play it again, Sam." Instead fans get "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." Cold, Platinum. Cold.

It didn't jump ship though. The ship sank. Then Nintendo stepped in and brought it aboard their ship and gave it a blanket and a developing budget.

The fact that fans can take this as not caring about them is at best insulting to the devs.

Awexsome:

Nicolaus99:
Wtf? I... I didn't even PLAY Bayonetta and this makes me furious. Imagine, you support a game, love it unto death and then it jumps ship to some other platform you might not even own let alone want. The WiiU? From PS3 to some wonky new handheld; srsly?

Man. It's like getting ditched after a one night stand without so much as a "Play it again, Sam." Instead fans get "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." Cold, Platinum. Cold.

It didn't jump ship though. The ship sank. Then Nintendo stepped in and brought it aboard their ship and gave it a blanket and a developing budget.

The fact that fans can take this as not caring about them is at best insulting to the devs.

Well, imagine if you have a ship and it sinks and you had your precious treasure in it. Without nintendo it'd be in the bottom of the ocean but now you get to buy your treasure back from the one who saved it for the price of a wii U, you surely are GLAD that you have an option here but at the same time, it'd be much nicer of them to just give you your treasure back.

(if the metaphor is stretched too thin, them giving you your treasure back would be opting to make bayonetta multiplat on ALL 3 systems)

I'm confused, how is the game that plays itself 'hardcore'?

Err all I can say is the sequel title design look pretty cool. Well at the end of the day, it's their risk to make that sequel into a exclusive to a different console than the first one it was on.

Considering I thought that game got canned long ago, I'm not exactly sure what the fuzz is about.

If it was the choice between not getting the game at all and getting it on a new, established console...I'd like to see it made at all.

Nicolaus99:
Wtf? I... I didn't even PLAY Bayonetta and this makes me furious. Imagine, you support a game, love it unto death and then it jumps ship to some other platform you might not even own let alone want. The WiiU? From PS3 to some wonky new handheld; srsly?

Man. It's like getting ditched after a one night stand without so much as a "Play it again, Sam." Instead fans get "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." Cold, Platinum. Cold.

I'll assume calling a next-gen home console a "wonky handheld" was a joke, so I'll just let that pass.

Have you ever heard of a series called Sly Cooper? It's about an anthropomorphic raccoon who steals stuff. Well, the series so far has all released on the PS2, but now there's a new one coming out for the PS3.

Guess what? Sometimes a series jumps to the next generation of consoles, and people either have to pony up the money for the new system, or move on and just deal with it. I'm not saying it's necessarily a good thing; Banjo-Kazooie leaving Nintendo for Microsoft hasn't exactly worked out, for example. But if this results in a quality series, console-exclusive or otherwise, then complaining about it is just silly.

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