Former PlatinumGames developer and Bayonetta creator Hideki Kamiya expects the series to continue without his direction.
Bayonetta creator Hideki Kamiya expects the bombastic third-person action game series to continue development at PlatinumGames without his supervision. Kamiya was one of three co-founders of PlatinumGames when the company launched in 2006, best known for his previous work at Capcom on games like Devil May Cry. While working at PlatinumGames, his main claim to fame was the Bayonetta series where he directed the first game and then oversaw the development of the sequels. After 15 years working at the studio, Kamiya announced he would leave PlatinumGames.
This news came as a shock to many gamers as Kamiya was one of the creative heads at PlatinumGames, and his departure left fans of the Bayonetta series a bit worried. The Bayonetta Origins spin-off was well-received but its sales were dismal, with no main titles released by PlatinumGames following the launch of Bayonetta Origins in March 2023. With Kamiya’s departure, This makes the future of the series unclear. Kamiya recently addressed the state of the series and believes it will continue even without him.
A new video has been posted to Hideki Kamiya’s YouTube channel that he started after leaving PlatinumGames. This new video features him responding to the comments section, answering various questions from fans. One issue that arose was what would happen to Bayonetta now that he was no longer working at PlatinumGames. Kamiya noted that he does not own the IP, saying that those at PlatinumGames who want to see the series continue will certainly want to keep it alive. “It’s not like I own the Bayonetta IP, but I think those who own it will definitely continue to maintain it,” Kamiya said.
Before the developer announced his departure from PlatinumGames, Kamiya shared his tentative vision for the Bayonetta series, which he also reiterated in this video. He hopes that the Bayonetta series will include a total of nine games, wanting it to grow into a “Bayonetta Saga”, which is why he plans to pitch the idea of Bayonetta 4 and even part 5 to PlatinumGames. after the release of the third game. Since he no longer works at Platinum, Kamiya laments that he might instead take these ideas of his to the grave.
The third game in the series, Bayonetta 3, was a critical and commercial success after many delays and much controversy surrounding it before and after its release. Some fans are worried about the projects left behind after Kamiya’s departure such as Project GG and the aforementioned plans for the Bayonetta 4 game. However, some game series may continue without there is no original creator, so perhaps Kamiya’s legacy would be fine even without him at the helm.