Platinum Games has responded to irate fans raging about the Wii U exclusivity of Bayonetta 2 by defending its partnership with Nintendo, which it says will 'help grow the brand'.
In a lengthy blog post on the official Platinum Games website, key members of the studio thanked fans for their support thus far and expressed excitement for the forthcoming sequel.
"As game developers, we are incredibly excited to be able to announce a new title to all of our fans," said Tatsuya Minami, president of Platinum Games. "However, we are aware that the announcement may have come as a shock to many of you.
"As with Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2 is under development and production here at PlatinumGames, and is a true sequel to the acclaimed first game in the series. Bayonetta is one of our most beloved titles, and it played a large part in establishing PlatinumGames as an emerging game studio in the minds of users worldwide. Bayonetta has fans the world over, and we would never dream of alienating them from participating in the future of Platinum Games."
According to Minami the partnership with Nintendo, which was revealed as the game's publisher yesterday, was a strategic move both Sega and Platinum believes will strengthen the franchise in the longrun.
"The console games market is in a state of upheaval, so establishing a new game franchise requires a considerable amount of will, determination, and love," he explained. "Bayonetta is a brand that we want to see become stronger, reaching the hands of more and more gamers, so we have continued to consult with SEGA, the previous game's publisher, on how we can make sure this takes place. Our answer was a new partnership with Nintendo.
"Alongside Nintendo, we hope to grow the Bayonetta brand beyond where it stands today, allowing even more gamers around the world to experience the action of our beloved witch. As developers, we are working hard to make this a reality. We hope that you will look forward to what we have in store."
Shortly after the Bayonetta 2 reveal the game was trending worldwide on Twitter, however in the hours following the announcement a contingent of unhappy fans began publicly attacking Hideki Kamiya on Twitter.
"Nintendo f***ing sucks, I better see a Xbox release in the future or I'll kill you," wrote one user
"Bayoneta 2 only for Wii U?. F*** you and f*** YOU Platinum Games. Not buying games from you again. No respect for loyal gamers," added another.