Developed by Platinum Games for the Xbox 360 and PS3, the original Bayonettta was a surprise hit among action game fans. What with Capcom deciding to take the Devil May Cry series in some… questionable directions, many consider the game to be the true successor to Devil May Cry. It doesn’t hurt that DMC creator Hideki Kamiya was also the director and writer for Bayonetta.
Despite respectable sales and generally positive reviews, it was widely believed that the planned sequel was cancelled as part of the general restructuring that publisher Sega underwent some months back. But today it was revealed that Bayonetta 2 was alive and well under a new publisher, which turns out to be Nintendo. The game is in active development and is planned for release as a Wii U exclusive. Details are scarce, but Platinum Games has released a brief cinematic to accompany the announcement.
The exclusivity deal is sure to outrage some who (justifiably) doubt the Wii U’s longterm success, but considering the game probably wasn’t going to come out at all if Nintendo hadn’t picked it up, it’s probably for the best.