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Devil May Cry Director On Why He Doesn't Do Sequels

Hideki Kamiya doesn't hate sequels, he's just too busy bringing you new stuff.

By Mike Williams. Published 4 months ago

Hideki Kamiya was worked on some great titles, including Devil May Cry, Viewtiful Joe, Okami, Bayonetta, and Wonderful 101. If you look at that list, you'll notice that Kamiya doesn't return for an encore (outside of thinking up the story for Viewtiful Joe 2). Does he just hate sequels? That doesn't seem to be the case, as Kamiya told Kotaku that he just has a tendency to work on new projects instead of mining his past successes.

"It's not that I don't want to make sequels – I really do!" he said. "But considering the nature of my position, I don't really get a chance to. Somebody needs to offer new entertainment to gamers and do the work of sowing seeds that can later grow to be strong pillars."

"It sounds a little overblown, but I've come to believe that is my purpose. If I had been involved with Devil May Cry 2, then Viewtiful Joe and Okami might never have been made. If I was directing Bayonetta 2, then I wouldn't have been able to make The Wonderful 101."

So, don't expect a Wonderful 202 from Kamiya, even if such a game does materialize down the line. Kamiya is still supervising the development of Bayonetta 2, even if the project is not being directed by him. Instead, Bayonetta producer Yusuke Hashimoto is taking the reins on the Wii U exclusive which should be released some time in 2014. USgamer's own Pete Davison played the game at EGX and called it "immediately familiar," so the game is in good hands.

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  • Roto13 4 months ago

    He had some involvement in Viewtiful Joe 2 and that came out pretty well, and Bayonetta 2, which he's supervising (as the article states), looks amazing. If he keeps making new games while overseeing the sequels to his old games, everyone can be happy.Edited December 2013 by Unknown

  • rock27gr 4 months ago

    Good for him. He certainly has a pedigry of getting things right the first time too!

  • jmroo 4 months ago

    This is why Kamiya is one of my favorite Japanese designers. His games are far from perfectly polished, and I think there's value in that for me personally.

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