Like a US embassy, the little world of video games is in state of all-out war at the moment.
The reason being the rather successful Nintendo conference, in which the manufacturer revealed they would be publishing Bayonetta 2, a game that everyone thought canceled and buried. This makes it a first party game, which cannot be ported elsewhere save in the dreams of betrayed PS3/360 owners. But many observers have overlooked one thing, the trademark «Bayonetta» still belongs to Sega.
That means that Nintendo is only borrowing the license from Sega, and that the latter can release another Bayonetta game on whichever platform, anytime. They could very well knock at Platinum Games’s door and ask them to develop for PS3 and 360 a game called let’s say Bayonetta Σ2 (hey, it kind of rings a bell) that would be Bayonetta 2, but with modifying the pixel 478 of frame 187543. And here we have a different game from the one Nintendo published, making it perfectly legitimate from a legal point of view. Needless to say, such a scheme would drive the game’s profitability significantly up, which would be extremely beneficial to Platinum Games. Nintendo will have made the buzz, funded the ad campaign and part of the development, Sega and PG will just have to stoop to pick up the money from disgruntled PS3/360 owners rushing en masse to take back THEIR game.
Because WE made the success of the Bayonetta franchise to begin with. Unlike what has been said everywhere, Bayonetta didn’t bomb. 2 millions copies have been sold. It may have known a sharp price cut, but that was Sega’s decision, nor the players’ fault. In Japan, Bayonetta sold 262’000 units in the three first weeks (before any price cut), which makes up for 88% of the total sales in that countries. What can the Japanese fans, who have contributed so much to PG’s revenues, feel when they’ve just been stabbed in the back? Futhermore, those who picked Bayonetta later at a reduced price might just have liked it enough to buy the sequel day one, but the purchase of a new system may very well be too much to ask for. On the other hand, Wii owners have shown little interest fof BTA, why should it be different for WiiU, which is similar to its predecessor in many ways? Proposing Bayonetta 2 to the fans of the first game should have been obvious, and basic manners.
Players see right through all this. Protests on the web have been hotter than around the Yemenite US embassy. NeoGAF is full of them, and the twitter accounts of PG staff, like the charismatic Hideki, are under fire since Thursday. Kamiya tries to RT every favorable message from Nintendo fanboys who jumped on the occasion, but you can sense the nervousness. I myself pointed out that they were doing a mistake.
It’s high time we retaliate. If you too want to play Bayonetta without having to make a 350€ purchase, (politely) voice your displeasure to @platinumgames @PG_kamiya @PG_jp @PG_minami and don’t forget to tell them you’re NOT getting Metal Gear Rising either (which they are developing). If you actually don’t bother waiting a bit before starting Raiden’s adventures, let 1 or 2 week pass. That will be the most powerful message we can send.