In an interview with IGN, iconic and prolific game developer Hideki Kamiya says that the Bayonetta series is not only the longest IP he has ever worked on, but he cannot fathom the series ever reaching its end.
The Bayonetta series was released in Japan back in October 2009 and finally made its way to the US in January 2010. The action-adventure game seemingly took the world by storm, with 1.35 million units sold after its release. Though this seems like an insanely huge feat to accomplish, PlatinumGames, the developers of Bayonetta, were not satisfied with the sales volume. The devs continued to create and develop the series we know today and released Bayonetta 2, Bayonetta 3, and even a remastered version of the original Bayonetta since the game's initial launch. How do games like this run for this long? Simply put, its passion, and Hideki Kamiya is absolutely full of passion for the series.
In a recent interview with IGN, Hideki Kamiya stated,
"I love Bayonetta more than anyone. How could I not love Cereza and all the other characters I’ve fostered for this long?"
Yes, as with any game, there has been negative feedback alongside the positive notes, but Hideki Kamiya says that he currently has a structure in mind about where he would like the story to go in the future, and he knows that players can only pass judgment on what is in front of them at the moment. We assume that this statement was made in regard to Bayonetta 3 specifically, as players seemed to think that the game's plot was a bit lackluster. Hideki Kamiya stated that he cannot even conceive the Bayonetta series ever reaching the end of its rope and that he plans on creating Bayonetta 4 and Bayonetta 5. There has even been a discussion about making nine total games in the Bayonetta series total, which is just astounding in itself.
Hideki Kamiya's passion really shines through in this series, and if there is one thing to take away from his interview it is this:
"I want people who love the Bayonetta series to believe me when I say: ‘I’m not going to do anything that will betray the players’."