Earlier this year, Bayonetta director and creator Hideki Kamiya announced his departure from developer PlatinumGames. Many wondered what it would mean for the Bayonetta series going forward, so they flocked to Kamiya’s YouTube channel to ask. He told commenters in a new video that it will “probably” keep going without him.
The Bayonetta series would consist of nine episodes, and I wanted to grow the franchise as the Bayonetta ‘Saga’, but it seems I may have to take the full saga to the grave with me. It’s a shame. It’s not like I own the Bayonetta IP, but I suppose those who do will probably keep it going.
This isn’t the first time he’s been asked about the future of Bayonetta. In December of last year, he told reporters that he “can’t conceive of the series ever ending”, despite having plans for nine episodes forming a saga.
It’s unclear why exactly he left PlatinumGames, but addressing rumours of whether he was retiring, he said, “I wanted to follow my beliefs as a game creator and to choose the path I think is right and move on.”
Bayonetta 3 was well-received by reviewers, garnering an average of 86 on Metacritic. However, Bayonetta 3 was more divisive among fans, and so Kamiya’s comments that the series will likely continue without him have seen mixed reactions from players.
“Personally, I don’t think that one franchise should be permanently under one person forever,” fader-mainer commented on a Reddit post sharing the video. “Media is always open to interpretation and changes through time.”
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“Hated 3’s story but loved most other aspects of it, Kamiya is a talented director/producer and his departure will have a massive impact on the series, for better or worse time will tell,” Ratchet2332 commented. “But if nothing else, story can’t be much worse than 3’s going forward.”
No word has been given on whether Bayonetta will get a sequel, so it’s unclear who, if anyone, will take up the reigns as director.
That being said, Kamiya did casually confirm plans for Bayonetta 4 in November of last year, tweeting, “I think Bayo 4 will be an unexpected development. After all, when Bayo 4 comes out, I’m sure there will be people who say, ‘You added that as an afterthought’, so I’ll say it now.”
Clearly, there were plans for a sequel in 2022, but where those plans lie now without Kamiya at PlatinumGames, we can’t say. Until PlatinumGames itself comments, the future of the series is unknown.
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