JP Kellams, the Creative Producer of Scalebound at Platinum Games, has said on Twitter that if he’s able to get over 4000 followers on Twitter then he will make an Operation Platinum t-shirt. If you’re not in the know, Operation Platinum is a campaign started by Nintendo fans to get the forthcoming Bayonetta 2 to sell over one million copies.
Yusuke Hashimoto, the director behind Bayonetta 2, has posted some concept art of a few of the enemies that you’ll inevitably face when the action packed game launches in October. Hashimoto says that they were initially going to include some of these in the original Bayonetta, but weren’t able to squeeze them in. Here’s some of the enemies and there’s a few more on Platinum’s official blog.
Nintendo of Canada’s Matt Ryan has teased that there’s more surprises to come regarding the original Bayonetta port for the Wii U. Whether these new surprises are new costumes remains to be seen, but hopefully we won’t have to wait too long till we find out. Here’s what he had to say about the original Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2.
“That is the magic that’s happening there and it’s sort of happening as well with Bayonetta 1, which we’re offering with together with Bayonetta 2 for free, but allowing you to play the game in HD and to ‘cosplay’ as Nintendo characters. And there’s some other surprises in that regard that we still haven’t even announced yet. So expect to hear more about Bayonetta 1.”
“And, of course, Bayonetta 2 is this visually stimulating, over the top action game, with a really strong female protagonist. Which, in case you haven’t noticed, is kind of a theme for us; the more recent prominence of female characters. Having female characters playing a role that we haven’t seen often in the past, outside of Samus. And that leads us right back to Hyrule Warriors, seeing Zelda kick some serious ass is pretty impressive. It’s not something that we’ve necessarily seen before from Nintendo. Female Nintendo protagonists are finally stepping into the forefront in their role in the game. Whether it’s all the female heroes in Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta, the female characters in Super Smash Bros, or Samus in Metroid. Even Splatoon!”
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Siliconera has shared some additional information regarding the recently announced online multiplayer co-op mode in Bayonetta 2 called Tag Climax. The publication says there are plenty of diverse stages from fighting challenging bosses, to hordes of enemies. Here’s some the details that have emerged so far.
- Online mode known as “Tag Climax”
- Can play with friends, be matched up with random players or vs a CPU
- Various stages where you can do things such as fight a boss or horde of enemies
- Stages are represented as “Verse Cards” and you can select which one you play at the start of the match
- You can select the difficulty of the stage in exchange for extra halos, but may earn larger rewards
- Can beat halos against your opponent in online quick matches
- You can select your character and equipment at the start of the match
Akiko Kuroda, the producer for Bayonetta 2 and the Wii U port of Bayonetta, has commended Nintendo for the way they structured their E3 plans. Kuroda says that the Treehouse live segment, which was streamed on Twitch, was a massive highlight. There’s plenty more interesting content that you can read on the Platinum blog.
“Believe it or not, you don’t really get the chance to convey what you want about the game, or show it to your fans in such a direct way so often, so it felt great to be able to take part in Treehouse Live, and I hope to be able to do more events like it in the future. Also, as a game fan myself, it was pretty cool to see Miyamoto-san and Tezuka-san (Yoshi’s Woolly World) up so close! I heard 60,000 people tuned in to hear about Bayonetta 2. Normal numbers for attendees at a conference stop around the 100s, so it’s hard for me to even imagine that large of a crowd.”
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Nintendo of America has explained how they will be distributing copies of Bayonetta HD with Bayonetta 2. If you decide to purchase Bayonetta 2 at retail then it will come with a free Bayonetta HD disc. If you want to purchase Bayonetta 2 digitally then you’ll receive a free download for Bayonetta HD at no extra cost.
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Bayonetta 2 new director Yusuke Hashimoto has said that it has been a pleasure working alongside Nintendo. Hashimoto says that the development team learned an awful lot collaborating with Nintendo and if possible they would love to do it again. Platinum is currently working on Bayonetta 2 for Wii U, Scalebound for Xbox One and the recently announced The Legend of Korra for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3.
You touched on the future of the Bayonetta series earlier… what role does Nintendo have in the next Bayonetta games? Have the two become intertwined?
“In terms of nurturing the content of this game, there’s a lot that we learned from Nintendo and if possible we would love to do it again and keep nurturing our child.”