Nintendo has announced it will be publishing Bayonetta 2 exclusively for Wii U.
The surprise announcement was made during the Japanese Nintendo Direct broadcast earlier today.
Yusuke Hashimoto, who was producer of the first game, has stepped up to directing. Hideki Kamiya is supervising production.
Atsushi Inaba will be serving as producer on the sequel. His previous efforts include God Hand, Okami and Vanquish. He's also working on Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and The Wonderful 101 (formerly Project P-100).
Mari Shimazaki, designer of the titular protagonist returns as character designer. Hirono Sato is lead game designer, having wrapped up work on Anarchy Reigns, and Masami Ueda returns to compose the soundtrack.
Watch the debut trailer below.
Bayonetta 2 has been the subject of intense rumour and speculation. The original was critically acclaimed, is highly-regarded among third-person character action game aficionados and oft-requested by fans.
Whispers of a sequel began in August last year, when Hideki Kamiya teased a Bayonetta 2 reveal in Famitsu. Kamiya quickly followed up his Twitter teasing by saying the statements quoting him were a mistranslation and Bayonetta 2 would not be announced.
After short period of silence talk Bayonetta 2 started up again when an unnamed Sega employee promised an announcement "fairly soon". Unfortunately, this was followed by a rumour that the game had been outright cancelled leaving those dreaming of a squel with little to cling to.
Bayonetta 2 is a partnership between Platinum Games, which is developing, Sega, which retains the license, and Nintendo, which will be publishing the game. The initial response to the Bayonetta 2 reveal has been very strong, at the time of writing it is trending worldwide on Twitter.