Bayonetta Origins is not the end of the franchise
Last week we saw the launch of Bayonetta Origins: Cherry and the Lost Demon exclusively on Nintendo Switch, which is a Bayonetta spin-off developed by Platinum Games that tells a story set before the main trilogy. As we might imagine, this spin-off is not the end of Bayonetta as a franchise.
In October of last year we saw the release of Bayonetta 3, one of the most anticipated Nintendo Switch exclusives of the past year that has managed to sell over a million since then. At The Game Awards 2022 Bayonetta Origins: Cherry and the Lost Demon was announced for Nintendo Switch, but although no more games have been announced, it is clear that it is not the end of the franchise.
In December of last year, Platinum Games VP and Bayonetta creator Hideki Kamiya said he wanted to continue the franchise for many years and has had discussions with his Platinum Games colleagues about making up to 9 Bayonetta games. “I personally don’t imagine the Bayonetta series will ever end,” Kamiya said at the time, though he made it clear that the next games had yet to be proposed to the company.
“I want to do Bayonetta 4, Bayonetta 5 and I intend to propose them to the company,” Hideki Kamiya said in December. In a new interview with Famitsu (transcribed by VGC), Kamiya revealed that he and the director of Bayonetta Origins have yet to talk to Nintendo about upcoming projects, but a Nintendo producer is optimistic about Bayonetta’s future.
Makoto Okazaki is the Nintendo producer in charge of the Bayonetta franchise, and in comments to Famitsu he said that while they don’t currently have anything concrete to share about the future of the franchise, he personally doesn’t think Bayonetta Origins is the end. “First I would like to hear the thoughts and opinions of the players who have played the game, and then consider the future of the series.” was what Okazaki said about it.