Sega has begun a countdown on its website that is due to end next week, April 11 that appears to be teasing an announcement related to Platinum Games’ Bayonetta series. While the publisher itself hasn’t commented on what exactly will happen once the timer hits zero, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that it will lead to the announcement of a Steam port of the original game.
As part of a cheeky April Fool’s stunt over the weekend that saw it release an 8-bit version of the hit action game (via IGN) on Valve’s service, it could well be the case that Sega’s prank was much more than that. The countdown site itself, which at first glance appears to feature nothing but a timer, actually contains a faint outline of Bayonetta‘s foot (via Reddit). Pretty solid proof that the announcement is related to the series in some way, then.
Originally released back in 2010 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4, Bayonetta received critical acclaim for its sleek combat and fluid combo systems as well as bringing various unique features to the genre, including ‘Witch Time,’ a dodge-based mechanic that essentially freezes time around the titular character in order to allow players the chance to perform counter attacks. A sequel, Bayonetta 2, was released exclusively for the Wii U in 2014 and received equal praise as its predecessor, although considering Nintendo published the follow-up, the chances of it being ported to any other platform remain unlikely.
That’s more or less all there is to go on right now, so we’ll just have to wait until next week to see what exactly it is that Sega has up its sleeves.
As for Bayonetta‘s future, series creator Hideki Kamiya has stated previously that he already has ideas brewing in his head for a potential third game, but for now, that’s all they appear to be.