RUMOR: Bayonetta 2 Killed
It’s no secret Sega is a troubled studio, having never recovered as a hardware maker after the failure of the Dreamcast console more than a decade ago. Since then, though they’ve retained a strong presence in Japan as a maker of third party games, they have never managed to really establish themselves that successfully in the west. While they’re unlikely to goa way any time soon, bad financials in 2011 led them to enact restructuring in their Western business (Europe and the Americas). This made it inevitable that some planned releases would be put up on the chopping block, and we now have our first potential victim: Bayonetta 2.
Spong is claiming that a well-placed source has informed them the sequel to the 2009 beat-em-up/shooter hybrid has been cancelled. This would appear to affect the entirety of Platinum Games’ (the Sega subsidiary who created Bayonetta) upcoming slate, and comes after recent hints were dropped about the production of the game. Bayonetta wasn’t a flop, but it only sold 1.5 million copies, probably a smaller number than Sega had hoped. That would make it a likely candidate for axing. So far, Sega hasn’t confirmed anything: Asked by Spong for comment, they said ‘no comment’.
We’ll let you know as the story develops. In the meantime, if you were looking forward to Bayonetta 2, feel free to complain in comments.