Platinum Games has been criticized by some after the announcement that Bayonetta 2 will be published exclusively on the Wii U by Nintendo. Platinum Games executive director Atsushi Inaba addressed the issue head-on in an interview, putting in stark terms the context in which the sequel would actually be made.
“Would Bayonetta 2 not exist without Nintendo The answer is yes,” said Inaba. “We are not viewing this as a change of platform. We were looking for a partner to create Bayonetta 2 and Nintendo was a strong, cooperative partner that was willing to create and grow Bayonetta 2 together [with us]. As a result the platform became the Wii U.”
“We create the basic framework of our games on the PC, so even though the hardware changes it doesn’t influence the creation of our games. We’ve already developed our own engine to work with multiple platforms,” added Inaba. “Because of the Wii U GamePad, we are putting extra thought into how to use these differentiating features. There’s a difference in the game design side, but we are enjoying the challenges of creating games for new hardware.”