Platinum: PS3 Bayonetta 'our biggest failure'

Studio director Atsushi Inaba says version of 2010 action game for Sony platform was a major shortcoming, but not a "pointless failure."

The PlayStation 3 version of Platinum Games' 2010 third-person action game Bayonetta won warm reviews, but was the studio's "biggest failure," according to director Atsushi Inaba. Speaking to Edge, the developer explained that Platinum decided against developing the game itself, and instead handed porting duties to an internal team at publisher Sega, which was ultimately a detriment to the game.

Inaba was none too pleased with the PS3 port of Bayonetta.

“The biggest failure for Platinum so far, the one that really sticks in my mind, is that port,” Inaba said. “At the time we didn’t really know how to develop on PS3 all that well, and whether we could have done it… is irrelevant: we made the decision that we couldn’t. But looking back on the result, and especially what ended up being released to users, I regard that as our biggest failure.”

Despite Inaba deeming the Bayonetta PS3 port a shortcoming for the studio, the situation was not without benefit. Inaba said it was not a "failure for nothing," adding that the Platinum decided to develop both the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Vanquish in-house over a desire to "take responsibility for everything."

“We learned, so it wasn’t a pointless failure, but it was a failure nonetheless,” he said.

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soilworker651
soilworker651

 Their biggest failure was that fuck poor excuse Sam DLC for MGRR that they Crapcom'd out. Extremely limited moveset, lazily boosted AI, no new locations or even music, shoehorned-in VR tests of sanity, very little story for its own sake, and horribly overpriced.

CMONSTA211
CMONSTA211

*** Their biggest failure was not bothering to port it to PC, then the PS3 port would have been no problem for me.

 

I could have traded in once I got it on steam (or better just thrown out),. I can't take how slow and just generally bad the PS3 version is (not that i'm really surprised)... and not all of us want to waste more money on an XBOX as well just to be able to play it properly.

shiss27
shiss27

I don't know what the hell Inaba is talking about. The PS3 version of Bayonetta was no failure in any way. 

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

I bought the XBox 360 version, but thanks to a busted ethernet port, I can't download any of the add-ons anymore unless I get a new 360 or get my 360 elite repaired for about a hundred bucks.

shadow580
shadow580

What annoyed me the most about the game, apart from technical issues, was Bayonetta's ridiculous proportions. She has a tiny head and a tiny body compared to the rest of her. I know it's a small issue, but it I just could not take this character seriously (not that you're supposed to).

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

The PS3 port was indeed a mess. But at least Platinum learned from that incident.

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

Look it does not matter if they released a "patch" to fix some issues, they should have re-programmed the game as an apology edition for PlayStation 3 owners who decided against buying this crappy port... and hence caused us the gamers to lose faith in a developer calling themselves "Platinum Games" that implies their games must be great right?

There is no excuse... however B2 is being financed by Nintendo as an exclusive... imho they better also offer Nintendo fans a reprogrammed Bayonetta 1 so they can play that as well to get the whole experience... if they do then I would buy it.

franzito
franzito

I wouldn't consider a total failure. Just a game that is not for everybody or perhaps a very clumsy way to deliver fan service.

kathulos
kathulos

The biggest failure will be Wii U exclusivity for the sequel.  "Let's take our potential player base and shrink it down to 5% of what it could be."  Sometimes I have no clue what developers are thinking.

constantterror
constantterror

 @SChol3sy  You say Ninten kids saved it I say they just gave away money to get a game on their system that is 98% kids and its gonna flop hard cause the real parents aren't going to let their kids play a half naked lady game so yea plat was stupid to let Ninten kids buy it cause reality check they didn't save it cause the hardcore fans aren't going to buy a crappy pee on u system I know I'm not cause I want a real controller not some big touch screen pos controller hope Bayonetta 2 flops hard so I can lmao at Nintendo.

holodeus
holodeus

@Bayonetta2013 @SChol3sy @kathulos  Probably Nintendo's point was to treat their customers with the opportunity to play an amazing game even if they keep picking Mario games.

Or probably the point was to make money (nobody plays with the intention to loose right?)

Or probably the point is to attract new fans to their console with something fresh instead of just porting the first one (even if they got hated in the process)

Or probably Shigeru Miyamoto just wants to play the game weather it is successful or not because he likes it better than his Mario games. Who would blame him? :)

Or probably the point is to make Bayonetta a long running series like Mario and Zelda... delighful sight indeed.

Nintendo could also be doing what Microsoft with Killer Instinct; use their money to revive a dead franchise nobody else cared about.


By the way:


I jumped in the seventh console generation just for Bayonetta, got it day 1,  picked PS3 and... oh lord, I suffered. Then the patch released and I got had what I craved for so long. Those years of bliss playing such a masterpiece ultimately cured the wounds and erased the scars of my day 1 experiance. Then I bought a cheap X box and bought Bayonetta once again. What happened then...? that xbox controller almost gave me arthritis, and yes the game was smoother and the graphics bit crispier.


jark888
jark888

We demand the game sequel to be release on all platforms.

holodeus
holodeus

@jark888 Yeah! Let's also demand Super Mario Galaxy, Gears of war I and God of War III to to be release on all platforms.

DrHyde
DrHyde

I really liked Bayonetta for the PS3. After the patch was released the game ran pretty well. I was hoping for a sequel but I guess it's going to the Wii U. Hopefully, it will be a timed exclusive. If not then oh well because I don't have any plans on buying the Wii U.

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

How dare (or how arrogant) a game dev call themselves "Platinum Games" and then make an irresponsible decision to not ensure multiplatform console parity on any of their games, primarily Bayonetta 1?

Platinum Games finally admits they screwed up but they should instead have focused that energy into making Bayonetta 1 PS3 Apology Edition to regain our trust as consumers, until then even if I buy the Wii U I am not buying Bayonetta 2...

CaptainKrunch10
CaptainKrunch10

Scratch that, the whole game was a disappointed all together.

Rennik_Repotsir
Rennik_Repotsir

I understand the pride-hurt... It's not like the witches brew Sony handed you was ideal... Oh well, lesson learned...

DrKill09
DrKill09

If you're so disappointed, fix it and rerelease it.

justinka777
justinka777

game played great for me..... i thought it was one of the coolest games ever. certanly way better then that vanquish crap, couldnt stand 10 min of that diolog.

maderrin
maderrin

The level of absurdity and 'japanese-style' humour made me give it away half-way through. I'm just not cut out to play games like these.

WakizashiSabre
WakizashiSabre

I am sorry, but this game is really unique and great. It is not DMC, but still, DMC3 is not for everybody too. I just miss this game for PC. Some people are just oo lazy to get into... :/

asian_pride69
asian_pride69

Wow, some of the comments in this article. But then again, this is Gamespot.

 

Anyways, glad to hear this kind of updates from developers. I'm always left wondering all the time why developers make certain decisions, and it's great to always get stuff like that cleared out. All is forgiven as far as I'm concerned.

 

Well, until Platinum Games ports Bayonetta 2 on other platforms. One can dream, eh? :P

steelmouth
steelmouth

I dont remember hearing any out cry from PS3 owners about the game,

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

It's always interesting hearing various people who are behind the scenes on media and have their regrets on them.

 

On the video game front, we have Platinum admit what was wrong with Bayonetta PS3.

 

Shigeru Miyamoto admitted his regrets with F-Zero GX

 

I'm sure there are others, though.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

was that version really that bad? 

fullynickmate
fullynickmate

I still have my AMAZING scarborough fair replica gun that came with it. looks great on my trophy stand :)

gawthy
gawthy

i sold my copy the day after i brought it because the game was terrible

Birth00
Birth00

To all the cynics out there: If it wasn't for Nintendo, there wouldn't be a Bayonnetta 2. You should learn to deal with it.

psuedospike
psuedospike

In other words, they learned to never make Bayonetta specifically for a single platform.....oh, wait.

victorlamy
victorlamy

well yea cuz it was a fucking PORT and ran like blighttown. only after the install patch did the game run better. by then, the damage was done

dead888
dead888

Biggest failure? I had alot of fun playing the ps3 version and didn't experience any technichal problems with the game. I tell what's a failure: the PS3 versions of any game bethesda has developed. 

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

Biggest failure is because of ur bad management and using 360 as your easy way to developed bayonetta

DS_fan_atic
DS_fan_atic

OMG teh sequal isn't on mai consolez. waaaah waaaahh WAAHH!

cheamo
cheamo

I don't know what he's talking about, because it seemed really good on PS3. It'd be nice if the sequel wasn't exclusive though.

krolm
krolm

Correction, their biggest failure is that you are releasing a sequel for one of the greatest games ever exclusively for a system, in which the previous game wasnt even available for that company that makes said system. Not only that but the people who loved your previous game, cant even enjoy playing the next one.

DeadlyMaster
DeadlyMaster

Sarah Palin before she settles in Alaska

DeadlyMaster
DeadlyMaster

whats the difference between the ps3 and 360? whats the screw up exactly?

jark888
jark888

Bayonetta is superb game, no doubt(it might not generate contented profit but there's a lot of fans). Many of us feel sorry to see its sequel become WiiU's exclusive. Launching it on all platform may not secure the profit, but it seems to be the best bet.

I_love_Harmony
I_love_Harmony

Their next big failure is going to be releasing the sequel for that piece of shit called the WII U

craigprime
craigprime

Nothing quite like clothes getting cut off to get someone into the game.

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

Doesn't matter, would still release myself all over this game.

vader501st
vader501st

"The biggest failure for Platinum so far, the one that really sticks in my mind, is that port" Bayonetta 2 will break that record, no doubt. Rising is also a pretty damn good nominee for that, too. Platinum's been quite inclined to screw things up lately. 

Albaficas
Albaficas

bayonetta was a failure in overall...1mil sale both ps3-xbox combined.

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

Platinum will regret this once the PS4 and 720 comes out

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Sounds like a small reason to badmouth this version. Need to explain why it was, but hey why let it bug me.

leeko_link
leeko_link

Bayonetta PS3 the worst port ever? Next time you mention this Platinum Games, tell us the real truth, WHY? Sucking at making PS3 games doesn't mean Bayonetta PS3 is the worst port especially since I got the game and enjoy the hell out of it.

Zonno
Zonno

Lol. I almost was planning to post a ragecomment on here, but then I read the title in it's context.