Okami and Bayonetta spin-offs on the way?
As a Wii U exclusive, it doesn't look like Bayonetta 2 will be seeing the light of day on any other console, at least not any time soon, but a spin-off? Platinum Games director Hideki Kamiya seems game.
Speaking to Siliconera at this year's PAX Prime, Kamiya said a spin-off had potential for both Bayonetta, as well as fan favorite Okami, but not featuring either game's main character. Speaking about Bayonetta, Kamiya said, "Given the chance, I'd like to make a game based on Jeanne from Bayonetta. Something that's not as big in scale. Something that's portable, that you could play in quick sessions, where she's a history teacher and the kind of fun things that could come out of a scenario like that."
For non-players, Jeanne was a rival to the titular Bayonetta. She's a bit more mysterious and aggressive than Bayonetta, and serves as an interesting counterpart to Bayonetta's light heartedness. She came across as being considerably more knowledgeable about Bayonetta's own history, which, given the eponymous hero's memory gaps. As such, her story could make for an interesting spin-off. Thought dead at the end of the first game, she's set to re-appear in Bayonetta 2. A spin-off could involve what happened to her between the two games, or possibly the 500-year time span Bayonetta spent in her coffin at lake bottom. Not exactly the quick session game Kamiya had in mind, but it's a possibility.
As for Okami, Kamiya would do something, "less focused on the grand idea of saving the world, but [rather] something focused on the smaller world of the fairy Issun." Issun acted as the voice for the mostly mute Amaterasu, Okami's wolf protagonist. The little fella certainly has the voice for a title all his own.
Kamiya's resolve to offer the spin-offs as 3DS exclusives is no doubt a victory for Nintendo. More and more, it seems like developers are passing on releasing games for any platform with Nintendo plastered on it, let alone any exclusives. Most of either Nintendo system's exclusives come directly from Nintendo, not any third party.
We'll keep you posted if either spin-off ever comes to pass.