File under: JG does some sleuthing about this Bayonetta malarkey
(Sometimes I think I just make these posts so that I can try and be witty by connecting a sound/music to the point at hand)
So I think it’s safe to say that Bayonetta 1 will be coming to Steam. The 8-bit Bayonetta was a tease and the site with a countdown seems a bit too obvious for it to be anything else so, well done SEGA for using April Fool’s in a positive way. That’s not the aim of my post though, that’s already known. This post is about who is doing it.
Let’s go back in time a little bit. At the tail end of 2014, Sega released a long-desired port of Valkyria Chronicles to Steam (incidentally, this has sold over 800,000 copies, not bad). It was then noticed that the port was done by a massive…four people. This isn’t totally surprising though, no new art was needed and the like. The dev team who did it was Little Stone Software, a British company. Now, try finding any information about them out on the internet. I’ll give you a minute.
Okay, that was hard, wasn’t it? There’s not much there, but then why would there be for so few people. A quick note that I’ll add in here, Sega Europe has handled PC ports. This isn’t necessary to understanding what’s going on, but it’s useful and I didn’t know where else to put it. Since the Bayonetta tease, I had a look on Steam Spy to see if I could find any mention of it. No…or at least, not directly. Through some poking around searching for anything by Sega and then stumbling my way without intention towards Little Stone, you’re presented with no less than 8 entries, all unnamed. I’ll get to 7 of those in a moment, but one in particular stands out. The one that stands out was last updated at the beginning of March. The crazy part is that the entry has update mentions going back three years. Still, it seems to have a store/key mention which is usually a sign that it’s ready to be sold.
In short, I think Little Stone is/has done the port of Bayonetta 1. This could be completely wrong due to barking up the wrong tree, but I do think there’s enough there for it to make sense, the smoke in the barrel being the latest update.
So…what about the other 7 entries then? Four of them were last updated in November 2015 and seemingly have a retail key ready to go. The other three do not, but seem in a similar state, with one of them sharing the same November update time of the previous four and the other two going back to October that year. Now it’s very possible that some of these are the same data represented multiple times, especially when all eight entries go back three years. But, to me, that doesn’t add up. Four listings seemingly are duplicated, but they’re the ones with the retail keys, which makes me think that these have been sat on for a long, long time (this isn’t without precedent either as Square sat on the Final Fantasy releases for months at a time to spread them out, particularly FF X, although in that case it might’ve just been to spare people actually playing it). What’s particularly making me think there’s something here is that Sega have mentioned off-hand a few times over the last year or two that they are working on PC ports. Of what, we don’t know, although one has almost assuredly been Bayonetta, but to me it paints an interesting picture of what’s going on.
So maybe all of this is nothing but (!), I think that if it is indeed Little Stone who are working on Bayonetta, there might be more from them in the coming [Sega denoted time here].