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After Kamiya’s Departure From PlatinumGames, Let’s Look Back at Bayonetta’s Impact

Hideki Kamiya, creator of the iconic game Bayonetta, announced his departure from PlatinumGames last October. This prompted a ton of speculation and uncertainty about the future of the franchise when the news broke out, with fans hoping that the saga wouldn’t end after the release of Bayonetta’s prequel. Before leaving, Kamiya originally planned on continuing the franchise for nine episodes, but gamers may have to wait and see if that will come to fruition.

A thrilling series of hack-and-slash video games, Bayonetta introduced gamers to a world full of adventures from the eponymous witch’s point of view. From magical attacks to shapeshifting abilities, Bayonetta has made a mark in the gaming community since it was first released in 2009. Here’s a look back at some of the franchise’s biggest milestones:

Market impact

Bayonetta’s sales speak volumes of the franchise’s impact on the gaming industry. The first installment sold over 1.23 million copies on Switch and 1.35 million on Xbox 360 and PS3, while Bayonetta 2 sold around 1.24 million on Switch. Bayonetta 3 also enjoyed marketing success after hitting one million sales in just under four months upon its release. Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon was also Japan’s sixth best-selling retail game during the first week of its release. The much-anticipated prequel tells the story of a witch named Cereza who accidentally summons a demon named Cheshire, who accompanies her into the forbidden Avalon forest, where adventures await.

Given the impact of Bayonetta in the gaming industry, it’s no surprise that the franchise has been a recipient of several awards throughout the years. Among these awards are GameTrailers: Best of 2010 Best New IP for the first installment, The Edge Awards Best Game of the Year for Bayonetta 2 in 2014, and The Game Awards Best Action Game for Bayonetta 3 in 2022. As more gamers delve into the adventures of Cereza and Cheshire, there’s no doubt that the prequel is a potential heir to the award-winning tradition of its predecessors.

Pop culture impact

Bayonetta’s impact has even transcended the gaming landscape and inspired an eyewear movement, with more people using so-called ‘Bayonetta’ frames for their glasses. This fashion movement is characterized by slim rectangle-framed glasses that help highlight a librarian-core appeal, such as Oakley’s OX8046 Airdrop or Ray-Ban’s RB7047 Optics. These frames have become the face of a movement that focuses on nerdy but sultry aesthetics, and even celebrities like Bella Hadid and Emma Chamberlain have hopped on the trend.

Speaking of Bayonetta in fashion, another proof of the franchise’s impact is the number of Bayonetta cosplays that you can see at conventions or on social media. German cosplayer Luna Petronella is among the many fans who try to emulate the witch through handmade costumes and accessories. Cosplaying has become a popular form of expressing fans’ admiration for a certain character, and Bayonetta’s popularity in the cosplay sphere speaks volumes about her impact as a character.

The franchise is so iconic that even a film adaptation was released in 2013. Bayonetta: Bloody Fate is based on the beloved game and tells the story of the witch Bayonetta, who woke up at the bottom of a lake after a 500-year slumber. Having no memories of herself, Bayonetta tries to overcome challenges in the hopes of remembering her past.

With Bayonetta leaving an indelible mark in pop culture and the gaming industry, one can only hope that Kamiya’s original plans of releasing more games in the saga will continue even without him at the helm. For now, gamers and loyal fans of the franchise may just have to wait a little while for a comeback.

Article written by Melissa Banks.