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Bayonetta 2 director wants to partner with Nintendo again

"Should the opportunity arise I'd definitely like to keep nurturing this franchise"

Platinum Games' Bayonetta 2 director Yusuke Hashimoto has spoken positively about the studio's partnership with Nintendo, and expressed a desire to do so again with future instalments "if possible".

Speaking to CVG in an E3 interview, Hashimoto-san claimed the collaboration with the Wii U firm had given his team the freedom "to create what we had originally envisioned," with Nintendo's feedback pushing the sequel to "even higher quality".

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He said: "I feel that it's important to let your creativity flow and Nintendo has been able to provide us with the freedom to create what we had originally envisioned.

"We were able to have a lot of back-and-forth between Platinum Games and Nintendo and they were able to provide objective feedback; 'Maybe that's a little too much', or, 'maybe you should try this'. I feel that was really good and helped push Bayonetta 2 to even higher quality.

"We started out with a fundamental freedom, with Nintendo telling us to go and create the game as we saw fit. But as the game started to take shape and we were starting to put all the pieces together, they were able to point out some things that we didn't realise ourselves. That was really helpful for us."

Hashimoto said that despite Platinum not being known for sequels, he felt that there was mutual desire to continue the Bayonetta series both inside and outside the studio.

"Should the opportunity arise I'd definitely like to keep nurturing this franchise," he said.

"It might not be me [directing], but should somebody else take over I would definitely be there to support and help just as [Hideki] Kamiya has for me. Though there's a chance I could direct in future as well!"

Asked if he would like to work with Nintendo again on the series, the director replied:

"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."

Bayonetta 2 was announced as a Wii U exclusive in 2012. The game is set for release in October 2014.

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