Hideki Kamiya: Multiple Publishers Turned Down Bayonetta 2

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Hideki Kamiya, one of the leads on Bayonetta 2, once again took to Twitter to talk about all of the trouble that Bayonetta 2 faced when it was stuck in development hell.

The game was faced with many a studio and publishing company turned the game down. It wasn’t until Nintendo stepped in that the game was able to move forward. Here are the tweets (via Nintendo Everything) which he sent out:

“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…”

It isn’t hard to see, looking at the last few tweets, what brought this on. It would appear he had been pestered by fans to bring the game to other consoles.

Of course, these tweets also make it quite apparent that Nintendo will not be likely to relinquish the game’s rights any time soon.

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