Ok, well, maybe not all of them. I’m sure most Bayonetta fans are logical, caring, decent folk, and they love their family, drink their milk, say their prayers, and take their vitamins. However there is a vocal minority of Bayonetta fans that are so unbelievably stupid that it makes me facepalm. Take a look at how some gamers reacted to the news of a new Bayonetta game…
Ugh. Here’s the situation guys. According to rumors, Sega cancelled development on Bayonetta 2 sometime earlier this year. Considering the news that Nintendo will be the publisher of the game, and that Sega is trying to move away from big budget titles, it’s likely that this is true. Now, Platinum Games is a developer, not a publisher. They don’t have the means to get a game from development to retail by themselves. If Sega didn’t want Bayonetta 2, then there would be no Bayonetta 2 unless another publisher stepped in.
Enter Nintendo. Nintendo has been developing quite a relationship with Platinum Games, who have been great supporters of Nintendo over the years with games like Viewtiful Joe, Mad World, and the upcoming Wonderful 101, and they likely disagreed with Sega on the financial viability of Bayonetta 2. So, Nintendo agreed to publish the game and assume the risks involved in that.
It’s very likely that without Nintendo’s intervention, there wouldn’t be any Bayonetta 2, so fans of the series should probably be sending Nintendo a bouquet of flowers right about now. More to the point though, this is a ridiculous reaction to such news, regardless of what the backstage story is.
When I tell people that I’m a gamer and want to be a game journalist, I have to work hard to convince them that I’m NOT an immature manchild who is completely out of touch with reality. Actions like this temper tantrum on behalf of the gaming community makes us all look bad. I may have been disappointed when Banjo Kazooie became an X-Box exclusive, but I didn’t send death threats to Rare or anything. Geez.
In closing, I implore Bayonetta fans who are upset to grow up and be happy that this game is coming out at all. If you want to play it, buy a Wii U. If you don’t want to buy a Wii U, then you won’t be able to play it. It’s not the end of the world.