Platinum Games has been doing a terrific job with its franchises over the years, namely with Bayonetta. After making waves with the original game – which, by the way, recently debuted on PC – the developer teamed up with Nintendo to produce Bayonetta 2 for the Wii U, one of the most acclaimed games for the system.
So where do we go from here? A third game, of course. While Bayonetta 3 isn’t entirely confirmed, it does appear that the team is thinking hard about the game. In fact, speaking with Source Gaming, producer Atsushi Inaba already has a few ideas bouncing around regarding the sequel.
Maybe there would be a male Bayonetta! (laughs). I would like to make Bayonetta 3. We’re talking within the company even now about what to do. But because we’re constantly talking about it, that actually makes it really hard to say. If we weren’t talking about it, we could just say something random or offhand, you know, but because we’re actually talking about it…
“Of course, that’s just something that you talk about when you’re making a series – do you want to keep the same protagonist? There’s plenty of precedent for changing protagonists, and so that is something we discuss – do we want to keep the same one, have a different one, add new ones – but that’s certainly not anything I can say for sure at this point.”
Inaba also had kind words for Nintendo’s latest platform, the Nintendo Switch. “The fact that you can use the hardware both inside and outside, that intrinsic feature of the console itself. I think that’s what really propels the popularity of the Switch,” he noted. “It’s kind of hard to say, as you don’t want to make the game fit the hardware, you want to make the hardware fit the game – you don’t want to add a gimmick to your game just because the hardware supports it – but with the Switch, now we’re in this time where you can play Zelda on the plane, whenever you want, because you can keep it with you or bring it outside, and that’s something we couldn’t have imagined before. So perhaps the thing to do now is to make a game that draws people in and that people want to keep playing, and they can because they don’t have to wait until they’re at home. That’s one thing that would be great to get out of the Switch.”
Inaba also hinted at what other Nintendo franchises he’d love to work on, following the team’s work with Star Fox Zero last year. “Nintendo franchises are really beloved franchises, and we love them as well. So if we had the chance, of course, we’d like to take a shot at it. But we’ve never gone to another company and said: “please let us make this game.” It’s always someone reaching out to us asking, “Would you like to try making this?”, be it NieR or Star Fox or Metal Gear Rising. If we can keep making new, fun games like that, of course, we’d like people to keep asking us to make those games. We don’t, or at least I personally, don’t have a specific game or franchise that I’d like to make.”
He added, “Actually, I wanted to make a Zelda game, but after seeing Breath of the Wild I’m not sure I can top that, I don’t think there’s anything I can contribute!”
Here’s hoping we see an announcement of Bayonetta 3 down the road…