What seemed like an April Fool’s joke became reality. Sega came up with an 8-bit game on Steam featuring Bayonetta, and people thought “hey, how nice, a joke”, however, it turned out that the achievements of the game were a road map to a teaser site. Lo and behold, the April 11 timer came up and Bayonetta is out on Steam!
Not only is the original Bayonetta now available on PC, but it is available in all its 4k, 60 fps glory, with optimized support for mouse and keyboard. The Digital Deluxe Edition is available for all those who purchase the game prior to April 25, which gives the players a five-track soundtrack and a digital artbook, containing wallpapers, avatars and concept art.
Platinum spokesperson said that the PC market is a large place that should not be ignored and that they always wanted to push the game into a PC port. However, the publishers are usually the ones deciding on such things, not the developer. “Most third party publishers nowadays realize the PC should not be ignored, so I believe we should be able to become more actively involved in the PC market from here on out”, he adds.
Sega as the publisher already brought the popular Valkyrie Chronicles series to Steam, and Platinum was the one who brought Bayonetta 2 to Wii U. They said that the issue with Bayonetta 1 was mostly regarding optimization, because they were working mostly on Xbox. The spokesperson also sad that they had to “dive back in and change a lot about the internal structure when we ported it to Wii U, but I believe this experience helped us make the jump to PC go a lot smoother. Our current proprietary engine is built with PC-based cross-platform development in mind, so I think it should be easier now to avoid similar problems in the future”.
Platinum promises to put more time and effort into the PC versions of their game in the future. Bayonetta is available on Steam for $19.99.