Want Bayonetta 3 on PS5? Buy a Switch, says Hideki Kamiya

Nintendo doesn’t actually own the series but Bayonetta may as well be a Nintendo all-star at this point (pic: PlatinumGames)

Executive director Hideki Kamiya has taken to Twitter to remind Bayonetta 3 fans that they’ll need to buy a Switch to play it.

When Bayonetta 2 was announced as a Nintendo Wii U exclusive, there was an outcry from fans who wanted to see it ported to other non-Nintendo platforms. Since Nintendo, not IP owner Sega, was the one funding the project, however, the odds of that happening were about as likely as Bayonetta appearing without her glasses.

Now, following Bayonetta 3’s newest trailer, series creator and executive director Hideki Kamiya has taken to Twitter to reiterate that the third game, which has so far only been announced for the Nintendo Switch, is in the same situation.

‘Just like with Bayonetta 2, we’re developing Bayonetta 3 with funding from Nintendo. We are only involved in development. All decisions about the final product are up to Nintendo,’ he says, as translated by NintendoEverything.

In other words, anyone wanting to see Bayonetta 3 on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, or PC should be sending their requests to Nintendo, not PlatinumGames. But while Kamiya adds that it’s not 100% impossible, he does ultimately recommend that you just buy a Nintendo Switch.

‘So good luck sending passionate pleas to Nintendo and trying to get that to happen… If I were you, I’d simply buy a Switch.’

It’s worth noting that Nintendo did allow The Wonderful 101, originally a Wii U exclusive, to be ported to other platforms. When PlatinumGames wanted to remaster it, it had to speak to Nintendo since it was the game’s publisher and co-owner.

However, while Nintendo did agree to it, it said that it would not publish the remaster. This was what led to PlatinumGames setting up the Kickstarter campaign since it wasn’t in a position to self-publish.

The only glimmer of hope is that Bayonetta 3 on PC was part of the Nvidia mega leak earlier in the month, but while some elements of that leak have already been confirmed accurate others, such as Halo 5 on PC, have been directly denied by the developer.

In related news, it’s been discovered that Bayonetta 3 may contain remnants of PlatinumGames’ cancelled collaboration with Microsoft, Scalebound.

In the new trailer, Bayonetta’s demons, which she normally summons as part of quick time events, now seem to be directly playable. A blog post on PlatinumGames’ website confirmed that this is a new feature which lets you manually control the demons during battle.

On Twitter, Jean Pierre Kellams, Scalebound’s lead producer, pointed out that this new ability is very similar to a Scalebound mechanic where players could control their dragon companion.

This is likely not a coincidence, as Bayonetta 3’s director is Yusuke Miyata, who Kellams says was the lead designer on Scalebound.

Bayonetta 3 releases for Nintendo Switch in 2022.

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