Q&A: Hideki Kamiya on Bayonetta

We talk with Platinum Games producer Hideki Kamiya on creating Bayonetta, Devil May Cry influences, and how he sees the title character as his ideal woman.

Japanese developer Hideki Kamiya knows a thing or two about over-the-top action games. After all, he was the director of the original Devil May Cry and Viewtiful Joe, as well as the much-loved PlayStation 2 gem Okami. Kamiya is now working as the producer of Bayonetta, an upcoming action adventure game which looks to have the same insane action and outlandish scenarios of the DMC series. We spoke to Kamiya about Bayonetta's story, the weapons you'll find in the game, what DMC influences we'll find, and how Bayonetta is his ideal woman.

GameSpot AU: Let's talk about Bayonetta's story. What can you tell us about the main character herself? Is she or anything else in the story based on any type of mythology?

Hideki Kamiya: The story of the Bayonetta is completely original, although we have used some names from Scandinavian mythology. We can't tell you the detailed story yet, but I believe that an action game’s story should be something that motivates people to play the game, as well as the usual shooting, slicing, and killing enemies. So with Bayonetta, I strived to create a central character that players would want to control and worthy adversaries that they’d want to meet in the game and battle against. The heroine, Bayonetta, became a witch who has the dark powers, and the enemies are the evil angels who have power that is beyond human understanding. As for why she fights...you’ll find out through playing the game.

GS AU: Where did the design for the Bayonetta character come from? What were your influences?

HK: As to Bayonetta, she is also a very original character design, but in many ways this character is my ideal woman. And the reason that we chose a woman for the main character is just because I have had male characters for all my games and wanted to do something different. I stuck to my guns with Bayonetta’s sexiness, and we try to express the sexiness with the design of her character. But I always told my designers to not show her skin too much; we don’t want to give everything away.

GS AU: Can you tell us about Bayonetta's hair? How does it work as a weapon within the game?

HK: She uses her hair as a medium to exert her magical powers. Specifically, she uses her hair to summon the underworld demons to use their powers. The summoned demons appear in the real world in several forms, including those of a giant ethereal hand, a pair of legs, and even tusks, which smash into the enemy. It’s much easier to understand when you actually see it in motion in the game. By the way, her battle suit is also made of her hair, so when she is using the demon powers she has to use much of her hair resulting in exposing a lot of her skin. This, I’m afraid, is something that even Bayonetta can’t help.

GS AU: What weapons can we expect to see in the game? How over the top will they be?

HK: Before I talk about the variety of her weapons, I have to explain the game system of Bayonetta. This heroine is capable of equipping the weapons not only to her hands but also to her feet. For example, you can equip guns to both hands and feet, and during punching and kicking you can pull the triggers to fire at enemies. There are many weapon types, some are available both to hands and feet, and some are exclusive to either hands or feet. So you can customize these combinations to fit your favorite combat style. And as for the variety of the weapons...well, there are plenty to keep you busy.

GS AU: In our various previews of the game so far, we've seen some fairly gruesome-looking finishing moves. Can you tell us a little more about those? How will a player perform them?

HK: There is a magic power gauge to use her magical power. You can build up this gauge by attacking the enemies, and these energies (in the gauge) can be used to perform a variety of attacks. Torture attack is done by using a huge quantity of these magical powers. The torture attacks do a huge amount of damage to your enemies as they can be forced to endure numerous torture devices. However, these torture attacks are very costly and use up a lot of magical power, so there are lots of other ways you can use this power. It is up to the player on when and how to use it.

GS AU: What sort of influences from Devil May Cry can we expect in Bayonetta?

HK: It sounds silly to be “influenced” by your own creation which is Devil May Cry, but I can say that you may find quite a few common features, as my faith towards action games has never changed. However, I did not play DMC1 not even once while developing Bayonetta (I have played about half of DMC4 as part of my research study though). I have deliberately created Bayonetta from scratch and tried to make the game as original as possible, although there will be some similar elements to my previous games in there I’m sure, such is my unchanged faith in developing action games. Anyway, it’s been eight years since DMC1, so of course I wouldn’t create a game that hadn’t progressed from those days! Of course, if there hadn’t have been DMC, there wouldn’t be Bayonetta, which has evolved from DMC.

GS AU: At what stage of development is the game now?

Bayonetta's suit is made of hair. That's right, hair.

HK: We’re very far on. We have most of the core elements of the game locked down and we’re now rounding out the edges and refining the gameplay experience. We’ve been very structured and everything has run smoothly, not like the usual weaving development route my games sometimes take! This doesn’t simply mean “half is done”--this 50 percent includes some of the most important core elements. All in all, it’s going very well. This is probably because most of the Bayonetta team were involved in Devil May Cry, so we have lots of experience in this genre.

GS AU: Finally, what we've seen of Bayonetta so far really plays up the character's sex appeal. How far will you be pushing the envelope in terms of sex appeal when the game ships?

HK: I’d like to go as far as possible--but it’s up to the “grown-ups” around me to keep me from doing so!

GS AU: Hideki Kamiya, thanks for your time.

Discussion

122 comments
Liferow
Liferow

Im getting this game!

enmesarra
enmesarra

Well, one thing is for certain... when Uwe Boll gets the movie rights for this game, Tina Fey is going to be playing the lead ;-) But seriously, this could be so over-the-top ridiculous that it'll be a blast.

Fz1994
Fz1994

looks retarted..... wth uses her hair..... summon demons -_-

dark_gender
dark_gender

Well game play looks ok (just like DMC with intense action and variety of weapons) another cool thing equipping guns to your feet and everything is great but ... THOSE GLASSES ARE GETTING ON MY NERVES !!!

twistedshadows
twistedshadows

I like the whole hair-armor idea, as well as the ability to equip weapons to her feet. More games should have (playable) female main characters like this.

acountddd
acountddd

So she MUST expose her skin to use her powers? That's a selling point right there.

ndngld
ndngld

Something about this game intrigues me, but I don't want to buy it right away. I'll wait for the release and rent it first.

Ongpower
Ongpower

DMC with fan service? I'm in!

jeremiah06
jeremiah06

I'm a sword freak if she has some sword weapons then I'm all over this.

W7rFace
W7rFace

Amazing amazing game

DEATH775
DEATH775

Oh yeah baby I just can't wait.

RTRGRZA
RTRGRZA

As long as it's a chick

RTRGRZA
RTRGRZA

This sounds like a wild game here! I look forward to more news about it. BTW, glasses are sexy

Gabez_R
Gabez_R

I will always welcome new ideas..........you never know

OldDogOfWar
OldDogOfWar

WE'll See about this one, it better not be like bulletwitch lol

freefadi
freefadi

DMC is great, and the developers history is not to be taken lightly, but really the girl doesn't appear that attractive( glasses and stupid hat ....come on). Anyway, we'll see....this is Capcom afer all. But I'd rather play as Trish or Lady from DMC though!

evratto
evratto

I´m already in love with her.

ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

You want to touch me...come on...oooo....180 choad shot right at your doorstep...(dramatic pause) Bayonetta! - (points in the opposite direction of her) lolz

Gamewako
Gamewako

GO TO DMC! This game looks bad@$$ and I can't wait for it's release!!

eddyka2
eddyka2

i hope this is good cus i'm looking forward to it

alfred66
alfred66

dmc.. but a chick.. looks kinda fun.. I like the kill finishes.

ProVail
ProVail

it looks good and he put some cool moves on her but they should of made her more SEXIER ces she looks like a woman in her 40's that works in a library... and thats not that sexy to me, if she looked in her late 20's and had some mtv rap video candy girl features then id like it......BUT its still a girl character and they dont look very convincing when they do all those powerful moves with the scrawny arms, it messes up the game...they should of made DVC5 instead of this

bormerc
bormerc

dmc is cool . maybe that will be cool too

NEMESIS-I
NEMESIS-I

The game looks like a turbo charge rendition of the classic DMC. Should be good.

ChuckE_Cheese
ChuckE_Cheese

awesome game..but that girl is a major turn off. i mean... she wears glasses and kick ass at the same time..not a good chemistry

mayceV
mayceV

lol that girl is a hoe lol

kenshi_92888
kenshi_92888

Hmm... can't quite comment on the game after watching the trailer. Kinda speechless after watching it, I think... =/

bybeach
bybeach

Iv`e whatched that clip ten times hatin it ( and no, not that, didn`t break zero w/me.)..but still still less and less each time. I would never play it, not my kind of game . The point is, iff `n they do it well, I will at least understand why a game like this suceeded. Guns on her heels, impressive! One of those yakkity flirty types, and mabe not suppossed to be overly hot. Not to be rude, but they do run the danger of making her unforgivingly annoy-ing.

LDNLDSNHS
LDNLDSNHS

I was exated but when i saw that women.... The game looks cool with alot of monsters that will be greate.

shatteredhaze
shatteredhaze

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LunarCrys
LunarCrys

This sounds like the Devil May Cry team is making the game they've always wanted to make. Also, I want Bayonetta to step on me and call me dirty names.

criticfromhell
criticfromhell

This sounded interesting at first, but now I simply can't go with it. It just sounds terrible. And the gameplay won't help either, since its just Devil May Cry, pretty much.

risbo_23
risbo_23

This was terrible... i'm gonna throw myself out the window now, bye...

CoreMaths
CoreMaths

This looks terrible, shamefully perverse and cringingly cheesy. the only saving grace is that it appears to have the same gameplay as DMC. I think i would have preferred another DMC sequel.

torogdl
torogdl

hahah agree with u Neostar, there`s no ideas for new action games, it looks like a devil may cry with a girl and made for hentai lovers hahaha nothing new, nothing good, just.... crap!

NeoStar9
NeoStar9

Wow. That did nothing for me. I'm starting to worry my interest in games, at least action games, is dying.

tmoo23
tmoo23

looks like a game for perverts lol im not a perve but i might try it

Cross_Bone
Cross_Bone

The moment I found out that this game was being made by the same guy that created Devil May Cry it was already must get material. Also, I've always had a thing for the baddest chicks, and Bayonetta seems like she's gonna be one bad chick.

Alexadecimal
Alexadecimal

@fatooosh That my friend would be awesome

fatooosh
fatooosh

i waaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnnnnt otogi 3 only xbox 360

hahamanin
hahamanin

mam oops i meant man this game is looking fantastic

adamrich81
adamrich81

OK, so it's devil may cry with worse voice acting. Liz Hurley as a wonky british nanny with guns? Watch Hollywood come runnin'!

Hell-Fire21
Hell-Fire21

Somebody said horny librarian...well...I concur my good fellow.

Neo_Sarevok
Neo_Sarevok

Yup, Sarah Palin all the way and yup, Bayonetta is my ideal woman too. I love secretary girls with glasses ::looks at avatar::.