Bayonetta 2 (ベヨネッタ2) is a 2014 action game developed by Platinum Games exclusively for the Wii U. The sequel to Bayonetta, it was released on September 20th 2014 in Japan and October 24th 2014 in North America and Europe. Hideki Kamiya, the director of the previous game, stayed on as a supervisor for the project. Yusuke Hashimoto, a producer on the original Bayonetta, took over the role of director.
The Special and First Print Editions of Bayonetta 2 were released along with a Wii U port of the original Bayonetta as a bonus addition. The two games can also be bought on the Nintendo eShop with a special discount on one game if the other is purchased on its own.
In the middle of a bustling city during the holiday season a few months after the events of the first game, Bayonetta is doing some Christmas shopping with Enzo in tow to carry her large amount of presents, meeting Jeanne in the process. The trip is interrupted when angels hijack a performance of the Platinum Stars stunt plane team, forcing Bayonetta to suit up and fight back. Eventually, after receiving a new set of guns from Rodin and teaming up with Jeanne to take down Belief, things take a turn for the worse when the demonic dragon Gomorrah escapes his portal after being summoned, attacking Jeanne and causing her soul to be dragged down to Inferno as part of a witch's pact. Despite being able to put down Gomorrah, Bayonetta is left with her friend's lifeless body.
At the Gates Of Hell, Bayonetta says that she intends to rescue her friend from Inferno, an act which Rodin claims does not have odds in her favor. Nonetheless, he also explains how she only has a limited amount of time to save Jeanne before she becomes permanently trapped in Inferno for good and says that he will put Jeanne's body 'on ice' to preserve it. She is told that reuniting Jeanne's soul with her Umbran Watch, the source of an Umbra Witch's eternal life, is the only way to get her out. With this in mind, Bayonetta snags Enzo and makes him take her to the sacred mountain Fimbulventr. It is said that the mountain is the only place on Earth that connects the human realm to both Inferno and Paradiso. Enzo also mentions information that the portal to Inferno, the literal Gates of Hell, is hidden there and it has so far never been discovered by human hands.
Bayonetta arrives in the city at the base of the mountain, Noatun, to find a way to get into Inferno and rescue Jeanne from her fate. She meets a mysterious boy in Purgatorio named Loki, who expresses his surprise that she can see and interact with him. The boy is hounded by the angels who seem to want to take prevent him from reaching the mountain. Sensing that their goals to reach the mountain are the same, Loki strikes a deal with Bayonetta to get both of them to Fimbulventr whilst explaining that she will need his powers to get her inside. Luka also arrives in Noatun shortly after Bayonetta's arrival, offering to find out any extra information that can help her find the gateway to Inferno. The journey to the mountain suffers various setbacks from angels and demons alike and Bayonetta also finds herself facing off against a Lumen Sage who seems intent on killing her guide.
Eventually, Bayonetta and Loki reach the Gates, only to be stopped in their tracks by the Masked Lumen and an astral projection of Loptr, a mysterious being who seems to know Loki personally. Unable to prevent the Sage from attacking Loki, Bayonetta manages to hold her own against Loptr until he beats her back. Loptr encourages her to 'see' with the power of the Left Eye and shows her a vision of the past using the Remembrance of Time. Bayonetta is shocked to see that her father was not responsible for the Witch Hunts and that he tried to save her mother from her death before he was snatched away. She also sees a figure that looks like Loki as the murderer. As Loptr explains that it is the truth as it really happened, the Masked Lumen prepares to strike Loki down. The boy fires his cards at the Gates and tells Bayonetta to jump in with him to escape. She complies and wakes to find herself in Inferno. Realising she has little time to rescue Jeanne, she makes her way into its depths.
Bayonetta eventually meets the Demoness Alraune inside her palace, learning that she has taken Jeanne's soul for her own in order to become more powerful. Realising that Bayonetta is an Umbra Witch as well as the fact she has a pact with Madama Butterfly, Alraune savagely attacks but is no match for Bayonetta's powers. Before the witch can deal the final blow, Rodin intervenes and instead seals Alraune in a new weapon. Bayonetta finally rescues Jeanne's soul and reunites it with the watch. When her friend doesn't initially wake up, Bayonetta falters and pleads with her to open her eyes. Jeanne then wakes up to Bayonetta's relief and begins to return to her body. As she leaves, Jeanne warns Bayonetta that something big is going to happen to the world. With her mission complete, Bayonetta turns her attention back to Loki, who she sees being attacked by the Masked Lumen. Interfering in his revenge once again, the Masked Lumen sheds his mask and reveals himself to be a younger Balder. Just as he has gained the upper hand in a fight, Loki suddenly reappears and lets out an uncontrollable shockwave of blue energy, sweeping up Balder and Bayonetta into it.
Bayonetta wakes and realises she is 500 years in the past in Vigrid, during the Witch Hunts. To her shock, she meets Rosa alive and well and the two witches team up to fight back against the influx of angels determined to destroy their sanctuary. Aiding her mother in combat with both her powers and Umbran Armour, Bayonetta meets the younger version of Loptr, Loki's doppelganger. It's here that she realises her mother's eventual murderer would be at the hands of Loptr, not Loki, and she is blasted away in an explosion to the Crescent Valley. Balder, who has been transported back in time with her, enters the sanctuary to find Loptr having just killed Rosa. Bayonetta figures out that that Loptr is the one Balder should be seeking revenge for and not Loki. She opens a portal back to the present and implores her father to follow her, whispering 'Mummy...' under her breath in a final farewell to Rosa. In the present day, Loki has managed to escape Inferno thanks to his powers and is found by Luka. He implores the journalist to take him to the mountain, having remembered who he really is and that he has to stop the evil that is 'all that's left'. Loptr then apprehends both of them.
In the present day, with the help of Jeanne and a fighter jet, Bayonetta and Balder arrive at the top of Fimbulventr and witness the older Loptr having taken hold of Loki. Loptr explains that he and Loki were once two halves of the same soul and that together they were originally the God of Chaos, Aesir. The good part of Aesir, which would eventually become Loki, had decided to split his very soul apart when he had divided his power into the Eyes of the World to maintain the balance that such a division would bring. Loki was given the Sovereign power, the power to control the Eyes as he saw fit where as Loptr, now revealed to be the evil half of Aesir, had been given the Prophetic power and the ability to oversee history using the Remembrance of Time. Feeling that he needed his power back, Loptr had decided to take the Eyes back for his own use 500 years in the past and regain Aesir's power to rule over the realm. However, Loki had escaped to the future by realising Loptr would need his power and had subsequently lost his memory in the process. Loptr would need to wait to find his 'better half' again in order to gain the power to take the Eyes and decided to bring the younger Balder to the present because his older self had died along with the Right Eye after Bayonetta defeated Jubileus. Balder promptly has the Right Eye taken from him. Bayonetta fights back valiantly against Loptr, but is ultimately subdued and has the Left Eye taken as well. Loptr, now having gained the power of his original self and become Aesir, mocks human free will and claims that he is the rightful ruler of the human realm of chaos. Whilst Bayonetta and Balder fight back against the deity, Loki remembers his hidden power besides his ability to control the Eyes. Claiming that the real power of Aesir is over "nothingness" and the ability to erase anything he wants from the world, Loki uses that power to destroy the Eyes from the present and weaken Loptr back to his original state. Bayonetta and Balder then perform a summon together and bring forth a fusion of Jubileus and Queen Sheba. The hybrid kicks Loptr, propelling his physical body out to the ocean where a Jeanne-summoned Gomorrah lies in wait to swallow him whole.
As Loptr's soul tries to escape to the spirit realm to be reborn elsewhere and try his plan again, Balder intervenes and absorbs him despite warnings from Loki that Loptr will corrupt him forever if he remains inside. Balder is content with the sacrifice to show the strength of human free will and reveals that he knew Bayonetta was Cereza all along. He makes her promise to be the one to stop him should he ever stray from his path thanks to Loptr's influence and she obliges in his request to call him "Daddy" once more. She cries after him when he is transported back into his time, finally realising that he was not to blame for his schemes with Jubileus. Loki, having now done what he set out to do and restored the balance to the world with the destruction of both Eyes, begins to fade away. Bayonetta asks whether she'll see him again the boy replies that they may do so in the future when he is reborn again after taking a break. He remarks that she still doesn't strike him as a Cereza before disappearing in a blue haze.
Several days pass since the events at Fimbulventr and both Bayonetta and Jeanne are enjoying another shopping trip to take advantage of the after holiday sales. As the pair witness Luka helping Rodin out with advertising his bar, a woman and a baby in a pram walk by just as one of Loki's cards flutters out of it, implying that his return would be sooner than Bayonetta thought. Bayonetta then remembers that she completely forgot about Enzo back in Noatun. Enzo returns in a crash landing down the street in the plane he was left in with angels in pursuit. Despite her annoyance at ruining a second dress in a month, Bayonetta takes to the plane's wings with Jeanne to fight against their aggressors as they always have.
Shortly after the release of the original Bayonetta, Kamiya and Hashimoto discussed potential ideas for a sequel or spin off of the game. The original concept for Bayonetta 2 was soon pitched to original publisher Sega, but financial difficulties forced them to reject the title's development and the project was in danger of being scrapped when other publishers refused to take it on. When Platinum partnered with Nintendo for Kamiya's new project, The Wonderful 101, Nintendo also decided to finance the now resurrected Bayonetta 2 and came on as publisher, making the game an exclusive for the Wii U. Platinum Games producer Atsushi Inaba stated that Bayonetta 2 would not exist if Nintendo had not partnered with them, hence its exclusivity. Sega served as an adviser during the game's development.
Bayonetta 2 was officially announced during the Nintendo Direct for September 13, 2012. Based on feedback the staff received from the original Bayonetta, Platinum focused on bringing various improvements to the overall mechanics of the game including more reaction animations, more detailed environments, removal of insta-death QTEs and overall tweaks to the combat system. Nintendo was not involved in the making of the game other than as an observer and Platinum have stated they were pleased with their experience working together.
The original trailer for Bayonetta 2 was first showcased in the Nintendo Direct of September 13th, 2012, and parallels many of the elements from the first Bayonetta teaser.
The moon, which had been full in the first game trailer, is now stylized crescent and the two feathers that meander through the air are now black instead of white. The female figure, Bayonetta, first fires a volley of bullets towards her foe, a cloaked figure of ambiguous gender who is wielding a large golden double-bladed glaive weapon. The figure is able to cut the bullets side using an ability similar to Light Speed before the two collide. Bayonetta lands her foot on the ground as the figure lands themselves some distance away before the logo is revealed.
On 23rd January 2013, Nintendo published another trailer for Bayonetta 2, showing glimpses of behind-the-scenes footage, concept art and animations in progress (including brief glimpses of Bayonetta's new model). The development team mentioned how the game is going to be much bigger than the first, with a much larger number of locations/levels to play through, brand new angelic enemies and brief glimpses of brand new weapons. They also claimed that the game would have a different feel and liken the scale of combat to feel as though you're fighting a battle on par with Jubileus from the very beginning. The end of the trailer featured a walking animation and a sound bite of one of Bayonetta's taunts, implying that Hellena Taylor would be returning to play the role. The trailer also featured a brief glimpse of a roaring Gomorrah, showing the return of other Infernal Demons as well.
Nintendo Direct June 2013 TrailerEditAs part of Nintendo's pre-E3 Nintendo Direct stream on June 11th, a brand new trailer for Bayonetta 2 was shown for the first time. It revealed Bayonetta's new design and haircut, more of her mysterious masked rival, and a short flash confirming the return of Rodin.
The trailer consists of a fight between the Masked Lumen and Bayonetta. After revealing he is standing on floating debris from a clock tower, the Sage slices through brickwork to reveal Bayonetta. She promptly fires her new guns and avoids a quick jab, jumping backwards on other pieces of a wreckage before launching another kick. With a sensual twirl, she fires from her boots as the Masked Lumen manages to dodge the bullets. Bayonetta displays some Wicked Weave moves, destroying the floating debris around her before the Sage strikes back. Thanks to Witch Time, she is able to retaliate before the Sage uses Light Speed to catch her ammo in mid-flight. After spinning away, Bayonetta and the Masked Lumen collide by their boots before the ensuing impact knocks them back once more. The Sage surprisingly summons Fortitudo and Bayonetta summons a new demon of her own. As they clash, the trailer ends with a glimpse of a mysterious hooded youth.
E3 2013 TrailerEdit
At E3 2013, a variant of the new trailer for Bayonetta 2 was shown. It features footage from the original fight trailer, a glimpse of Jeanne's new look and actual gameplay footage. The gameplay was taken from the playable demo of the game that was featured at E3 2013, which showcases new Angel enemies and some of Bayonetta's new abilities and weapons.
The gameplay confirmed the return of many of Bayonetta's iconic game mechanics; Wicked Weaves, Witch Time, Torture Attacks, and using demons for Climax attacks to finish off larger enemies. Bayonetta's combo animations for her default gun set were revealed to have been completely re made from the ground up. Two more new weapons were also shown off in the form of dual swords and whips on her feet.
A new mechanic called Umbran Climax was shown off for the first time. When her magic gauge is full, Bayonetta can activate this ability which puts her into Serious Mode. This allows all of her attacks for a short time to summon unique Wicked Weaves, such as Madama Butterfly's fists, feet and even head along with huge plant-like vines for the new whips and white spectral blades for her swords. Finishing moves on combos were also revealed to fully summon the Infernal Demons.
Near the end of the trailer, in the first glimpse of the story of the game, Bayonetta summons Gomorrah but something goes wrong and the now fully-formed demon breaks free of her hair. The demon attacks Bayonetta from behind, forcing Jeanne to tackle her out of the way. Jeanne has her soul knocked from her body and is quickly dragged to Inferno. The remainder of the trailer shows Bayonetta fighting Gomorrah as he climbs up the side of a building and flies through the air. She summons what appear to be Malphas' wings to fly, forming them out of her hair from her back, similar to how she summons demons normally. Upon defeating Gormorrah, she appears to summon a new demon to finish him off.
The trailer closes with Bayonetta and the Masked Lumen flying towards each other in attack from the Nintendo Direct trailer. After the title splash, the mysterious hooded youth is shown again.
Nintendo Direct February 2014/"Did You Miss Me?" TrailerEdit
A new trailer was shown during the February 2014 Nintendo Direct for the game. The trailer showcased new elements not seen before in earlier previews including more of Bayonetta's battle on top of the fighter as well as the new looks for several returning characters, including Luka and Enzo. Also shown was a second playable character, the mysterious boy Loki , who was teased during the previous E3 showcases.
New gameplay footage was also shown. Bayonetta can now wield a bow-and-arrow weapon for long ranged attacks that increase in strength and power during Umbran Climax and a second version of the dual swords shown in the first trailer were equipped to Bayonetta's feet. Alongside this, new Infernal Demons were shown off in greater detail, including Madama Butterfly and a new Demon that resembles an armored horse.
The Masked Lumen is voiced for the first time and his main goal in the game is related to Loki and attempting to kill Bayonetta if she gets in his way. Some of his abilities were shown in a fight against Bayonetta including a shield that interrupts attacks, a Wicked Weave style attack that seems to be formed from the dragon heads of Fortitudo, fireballs similar to Father Balder's and the ability to summon the Cardinal Virtues themselves.The trailer also played a new vocal song that acts as the new battle theme of Bayonetta 2. It is composed in similar instrumentation and style to the first game's soundtrack. One of the Platinum Games staff members confirmed via Twitter that the song's title is "Tomorrow is Mine".
The Japanese version of the Nintendo Direct stream confirmed that the Japanese release of Bayonetta 2 would be launched in summer, though North America and Europe were still given a 2014 release date.
E3 2014 TrailerEdit
A new trailer was presented on Nintendo's E3 2014 Digital Event and showcased footage of Inferno for the first time. The events depicted Bayonetta and Loki being sucked through the Gates Of Hell after finding them, with the boy commenting that Jeanne must've done something extraordinary to end up here. Bayonetta faces off against fearsome demons, including Phantasmaraneae and two new almost mechanical demons. The trailer also hints at a time limit related to Jeanne's soul remaining in Inferno and how Bayonetta is warned by Rodin to work to miracles if she wants to rescue her friend.
Bayonetta 2 was also announced to have release dates of September 20th 2014 for Japan and a October 2014 release window for Western territories. The physical packaged copies of the game come with a Wii U port of the first Bayonetta with improved framerates and exclusive costumes and elements based on Nintendo franchises. These include Princess Peach from Super Mario Bros., Link from The Legend of Zelda, and Samus Aran from Metroid.
As shown on the official teaser site, the game is revealed to have an online co-op mode called Tag Climax. Players take control of Bayonetta and another character to fight together against the angelic and demonic hordes. So far Jeanne is the only confirmed alternate playable character, but it has been hinted that there will be more. Though since Loki has been shown to be playable, it's likely he will be available as well.
Bayonetta 2 Nintendo Direct/"The Time Has Come" TrailerEdit
On September 2nd, 2014, Nintendo announced on their Twitter that there would be a Bayonetta 2 Nintendo Direct held on the following Thursday, September 4th. The presentation showed lots of new footage of the game and went into more detail on elements of the story, characters and game modes. At the end of the presentation, the Direct showcased a brand new trailer for the game as well.
The biggest reveals of the Direct were the inclusion of Rodin as a playable character in Tag Climax, Nintendo costumes that were included in Bayonetta 2 as well as the first game and extra details about the weapons and abilities of the game. The Direct also confirmed the release date of the game as being October 24 2014 for North America, with a separate related video on the European exclusive First Print Edition confirming the same date was for Europe as well.
The trailer at the end of the Direct shows new dialogue that detail how there is an unrest between the inhabitants of Paradiso and Inferno and that the balance of things isn't right after the events of the first game. Whilst showing new action set pieces from Inferno, glimpses of the demon holding Jeanne's soul hostage as well as new battles with the Masked Lumen were shown for the first time. Rodin was also shown to be a computer controlled helper in certain battles in Inferno as well, similar to how Loki acts for most of the game. Near the end of the trailer, Bayonetta appears in the same courtyard area of Vigrid as from the first chapter of the first game and proclaims that she seems to know where and when she is. As Rosa is shown off in more detail for the first time, Loki is shown pleading with Bayonetta to get away from him. A wall of fire begins to envelop the land as an unknown voice proclaims that the time has come for particular powers to become one. A figure covered in glowing blue light and golden ornaments appears, previously seen in footage conversing with the Masked Lumen, as he says that the Left Eye must return from whence it came.
Before the game's release, various demos of Bayonetta 2 were shown off at various events such as E3 and Comic Con. Each demo was comprimed of unfinalised versions of specific chapters ranging from the Prologue to Chapter V.
E3 2013 DemoEdit
The first demo for Bayonetta 2 was featured at E3 2013. It was composed of an early version of the Prologue stage and contained 3 verses similar to the final product.
Verse 1 starts with Bayonetta fighting angels upon a fighter jet flying through a city, Verse 2 introduces the brand new boss enemy Belief and Verse 3 features Gomorrah escaping its summoning portal and is needed to be fought against after it knocks Jeanne's soul free from her body. This was first time gameplay footage of the game had been seen when it was shown during Nintendo's E3 Direct for that year. Unlike the final version of the Prologue level, the demo was named 'Jetset Holiday' .
E3 2014 Demo 1Edit
The first demo was an updated version of the one shown at E3 2013 and features updated animations and models, tweaked scenes, and dialogue between Bayonetta and Jeanne before they fight against Belief. At the conclusion of the demo, the final name of this particular stage of the game was revealed to be called Prologue: World of Chaos. This demo was later released on the Nintendo eShop shortly before the release of the final game.
E3 2014 Demo 2Edit
The second demo was based around an early build of Chapter I: Notaun, The City of Genesis. It showed how Bayonetta meets Loki when arriving in the new setting of Noatun and was composed of five Verses with multiple others being optional. Unlike the final version of Chapter I, the demo began roughly halfway through the finalised stage shortly before the Cascade Foregrounds area.
E3 2014 Demo 3Edit
The 3rd of the demos at E3 2014 was set at a later stage of the game in Chapter IV: The Two Meet and was composed of 5 Verses, with others that are optional. Also like the second demo, this chapter was shortened from it's final version and began with the fight against Urbane. This was the demo that showed combat with Masked Lumen for the first time and the subsequent escalation of summoning the battle with him causes. The 3rd demo was showcased during Nintendo's Treehouse Live Event where director Yusuke Hashimoto and producer Akiko Kuroda played the level whilst showing off the new features of the Umbran Resting Places, new enemies and weapons.
San Diego Comic Con 2014Edit
Gun SpeculationEditEarly speculation and photo manipulation purported her new guns to be named "Love Is Sin." In higher-res images released as part of June 11th's Nintendo Direct, it seems that the guns are named "Love is Blue". This is potentially a reference to a classic song of the same name, performed by Vicky Leandros. There are a few covers for this song but the original was recorded in French. Vicky recorded it in five languages including English. In the lyrics she uses colors to describe her emotions: Grey, Red, Green, and sunlight which is technically White. These colors match the jewels on Bayonetta's new guns.
In response to a fan's question regarding the name of the guns, Kamiya stated on his Twitter account; "Was Scarborough Fair the theme of Bayo?" implying that "Love is Blue" may not be the theme song of Bayonetta 2. This was later proven to be true with the reveal of Tomorrow is Mine.
The cast of actors providing their voice to the characters is as follows for English and Japanese versions respectively.
- Bayonetta: Hellena Taylor / Atsuko Tanaka
- Jeanne: Grey DeLisle / Mie Sonozaki
- Luka Redgrave: Yuri Lowenthal / Daisuke Namikawa
- Rodin: Dave Fennoy / Tessyo Genda
- Enzo: John Kassir / Wataru Takagi
- Rosa: Hellena Taylor / Atsuko Tanaka
- Loki/Young Loptr: Mark Daugherty / Junko Minagawa
- Father Balder: Grant Albrecht / Norio Wakamoto
- Masked Lumen/Balder: Crispin Freeman / Takehito Koyasu
- Old Loptr/Aesir: TJ Ramini / Takumi Yamazaki
- Umbran Elder: Jenny O'Hara / Reiko Suzuki
- Valiance: Fred Tatasciore
- Glamor: Tara Platt
- Fortitudo: George Ball
- Temperantia: Yuri Lowenthal
- Iustitia: Grant Albrecht
- Sapientia: Dave Fennoy
- Alraune: Tara Platt
- Newscaster: Grey DeLisle
- Additional Voices:
- Grey DeLisle
- Dave Fennoy
- Grant Albrecht
- Yuri Lowenthal
- TJ Ramini
- Mark Daugherty
- Tara Platt
- The Bayonetta 2 logo features a blue and gold color scheme, replacing the original Bayonetta logo's red hues. Bayonetta's new outfit has also changed to reflect this.
- In a Nintendo Developer interview with Atsushi Inaba, the producer commented on Bayonetta's new design of short hair and new costume. They stated this was to reflect how they saw Bayonetta's character as someone who would make a drastic change like this to her appearance in order to stay fashionable and up to date with a look she preferred.
- Instead of reusing enemies from the first game, Bayonetta 2 features brand new angelic enemies, some of which were cut concepts from the first game that were unable to be used. These include the new 'common' enemy of Acceptance which is a centaur like angel, Valiance which takes the appearance of a fearsome knight with its face in its sword, Cachet & Compassion which act as new versions of Dear & Decorations, Urbane which acts as a large miniboss similar to Beloved, and Belief which acts a boss angel in the Prologue section of the game.
- Bayonetta 2 is the first game in the series that features combat with both angels and the Infernal Demons.
- In Bayonetta 2, the attack animations for Bayonetta have been completely redone instead of reusing older animations from the first game. More flips and acrobatic prowess are shown in her movements, making the newer combos appear similar to the more complex fight choreography seen in cutscenes.
- In the development trailer for Bayonetta 2, it was revealed that the inside of Bayonetta's gloves were originally purple instead of the dark blue that is in the final game.
- In the development trailer for Bayonetta 2, concept art for Umbran Resting Places were shown in locations, hinting at their return. This was later confirmed to be the case in later demo footage, including the addition of a new type of Resting Place related to the 'Remembrance Of Time'
- Bayonetta 2 is the first game in the series to be released on a Nintendo system.
- Bayonetta 2 is the sixth M-rated game to be published by Nintendo. The other five being Perfect Dark (Nintendo 64, 2000), Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem (Gamecube, 2001), Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes (Gamecube, 2004), Geist (Gamecube, 2005), Zangeki no Reginleiv (Wii 2010 Japan-only), and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge (Wii U, 2012).
- With Bayonetta 2's release, a whole decade has passed since Nintendo's fourth-to-last M-rated published game (Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes).
- When talking to Loki, Bayonetta refers to him as 'little one' just as she did with Cereza in the first game.
- Bayonetta 2 has been at the center of numerous fan outcries and complaints in regards to being a Wii U exclusive. Despite the fact that the game would not have been possible without the support and funding of Nintendo for the entire project, JP Kellams of PlatinumGames has stated on his twitter that PlatinumGames initially didn't want to talk about Bayonetta 2 or make announcements about it for a long time. This was because that such information would cause other console supporters to begin demanding that the game be ported to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
- Hideki Kamiya has stated on his twitter that he hates the Bayonetta 2 boxart. Apparently, the original version of the art featured a silver crescent moon with clouds in front of it, with Bayonetta placed in the center. This reflects the original render of her new character model that was released around E3 2013. However, 'higher ups' (unclear as to whether it was Sega or Nintendo) removed the clouds, making the moon full and golden as well the "2" in the logo red. It is currently unknown why these changes to the boxart were made.
- Takaaki Yamaguchi, the lead motion designer for Bayonetta 2, explained in his developer blog that the amount of damage animations added on to enemies makes them react to attacks depending on the kind of attack being performed (an uppercut makes them stumble upwards for example). Yamaguchi states that compared to the original Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2 enemies have 3.5x more reaction animations on average.
Bayonetta (Gallery) • Jeanne (Gallery) • Zero • Enzo • Rodin (Gallery) • Luka • Cereza (Gallery) • Antonio Redgrave • Umbran Elder • Rosa • Father Balder (Gallery) • Jubileus the Creator
Loki • Masked Lumen (Gallery) • The Overseer
Handguns • Scarborough Fair • Onyx Roses • Shuraba • Kulshedra • Durga • Odette • Lt. Col. Kilgore • Sai Fung • Bazillions • Pillow Talk • Rodin • All 4 One
Love is Blue • Rakshasa • Alruna • Kafka • Chernobog • Undine • Takemikazuchi • Salamandra • Master Sword • Arwing Guns • Chain Chomp • Umbran Armor • Unforgiven • Holy Glaive
Affinity • Dear and Decorations • Enchant • Applaud • Ardor • Irenic • Beloved • Kinship • Fairness • Grace and Glory • Fearless • Harmony • Inspired • Braves • Gracious and Glorious • Joy
Acceptance • Belief • Accolade • Valiance • Cachet & Compassion • Urbane • Enrapture • Fidelity • Gravitas • Allegiance • Hideous • Hatred • Fury • Pain • Pride
Contracted Demons • Gomorrah • Malphas • Hekatoncheir • Scolopendra • Phantasmaraneae • Little Devils • Little King Zero • Madama Butterfly • Madama Styx • Queen Sheba
Labolas • Mictlantecuthli • Baal • Hydra • Diomedes • Madama Khepri • Omne • Pain • Hideous • Hatred • Fury • Greed • Malicious • Resentment • Sloth • Pride • Insidious • Alraune • Rodin, The Infinite One
Golem • Fortitudo • Temperantia • Iustitia • Sapientia • Father Balder • Jeanne • Jubileus the Creator •
Gomorrah • Valiance • Glamor • Masked Lumen • Valor • Insidious • Prophet • Alraune • Balder • Loptr • Aesir • Rodin, The Infinite One