PlatinumGames director and creator of the Bayonetta franchise, Hideki Kamiya, has taken to Twitter unexpectedly to give an insight to the controversial development past of the series. Kamiya also confirmed that the upcoming Bayonetta 3 is being funded entirely by Nintendo and that the series is now a Nintendo-exclusive IP.
According to Kamiya, Bayonetta was originally planned to be an Xbox 360 exclusive IP. Most of the development was completed with the Xbox 360 in mind when SEGA had requested a PlayStation 3 version of the game. As a result, the ported version of the game was unpolished and suffered from frame-rate issues, glitches and overall lower quality. When Bayonetta 2 came around, SEGA had originally intended the sequel to be a multiplatform game. SEGA then halted development of the game and pulled funds, before Nintendo continued funding the game for release on Wii U.
With the third entry into the Bayonetta franchise currently in development, PlatinumGames decided from the beginning that Nintendo would fund the game entirely, effectively making it a Nintendo IP. Whilst no further information about the third game in the franchise has been announced, ports of the first two entries into the series released on Nintendo Switch this month. Whatever the future may hold for Bayonetta, it looks like Nintendo has her back and is here to stay. For more on Bayonetta, check out our reviews of the first and second games on Nintendo Switch and follow Checkpoint Gaming for more games news, reviews and features.