PlatinumGames would like to self-publish Bayonetta, but would be costly

head producer Atsushi Inaba PlatinumGames wants to self-publish Bayonetta, Nintendo Sega co-own IP, costly

Admittedly, at this point we could probably write “PlatinumGames wants to self-publish [literally any game franchise they’ve ever made]” as a headline and it would probably be accurate. Nonetheless, according to IGN Japan and as related by Anime News Network, PlatinumGames head Atsushi Inaba said he would like to be able to self-publish Bayonetta games. However, Nintendo and Sega each own half the franchise, so Inaba says that raising the Kickstarter funds to self-publish Bayonetta would cost substantially more than what has been required with the ongoing The Wonderful 101: Remastered Kickstarter.

Although, Inaba clarifies that the desire to self-publish Bayonetta is just that — a desire. No plans are in motion to make it a reality. That makes sense, since the franchise is doing just fine on Nintendo Switch. That being said, it’s been years now since the third game in that franchise was announced for Switch, and we’ve still yet to see any gameplay at all. Its release date continues to be a nebulous “TBA” as well. PlatinumGames keeps saying that the development is going just fine, but it sure would be nice if they would give us a tease to whet our appetites.

What do you think the next step for Platinum will be?


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!