While many fans still hold out hope that they don’t have to buy a Wii U just for the game, Platinum Games’ creative producer JP Kellams had a few words to say regarding its exclusivity.
In a presentation he gave at the University of Central Florida’s Center for Emerging Media, Kellams talked about how the Japanese gaming industry is different, and also how Bayonetta 2 was saved by Nintendo, and how it would therefore not be available on other platforms.
After being asked a question regarding how the team at Platinum Games hopes to keep Bayonetta’s fanbase now that they’re jumping platforms in lieu of exclusivity, most importantly after a shift in publishers, Kellams had this to say:
“Without getting into some stuff that is both business and confidential, the simple question I’d like to ask you is, ‘Do you want to play Bayonetta 2?’ Bayonetta 2 would not exist without Nintendo white knighting that project. So while I totally understand that people want to play it on the platforms that they’ve played it on previously, we really wanted to make Bayonetta 2.”
Platinum Games originally had plans for the sequel, plans that changed after something Kellams refers to as a change in business situation. The original was published by Sega and available across multiple platforms, while the sequel is being published by Nintendo, and is exclusive to the Wii U.
“We really wanted to make Bayonetta 2. And Bayonetta 2 is a project that we were passionate about. And when we couldn’t… when the business situation changed and we couldn’t make it the way that we were originally planning on making it, we definitely wanted to make sure that our project survived. I’ve seen Bayonetta 2 – I look at it every single day of my life when I’m in the office. It’s really cool and the world is going to be a better place because Bayonetta 2 is in it.”
Previously, JP Kellams expressed his tiring of the fans and trolls who have been repeatedly demanding that the game be made available for other consoles.
However, he probably has it nowhere near as bad as the director of the original, Hideki Kamiya, who now acts as the supervisor to the sequel, as he routinely has to F bomb port beggers away on his personal twitter account.
I still can’t get over Kellams using the phrase “white knighting” in the same sentence as Bayonetta 2 – oh the irony. Surely the game will get white knights of a different kind coming out of the woodwork and hovels, once it releases. Bayonetta 2 is on track for a summer release in Japan of this year.