Bayonetta

Apparently Sega has some big plans for Bayonetta. There's a new countdown timer that points to a big reveal taking place a week from now, and fans have already done enough digging to figure out what they think it means.

Polygon collected all the important data bits and rolled out a compelling compendium of conspicuous coincidences. First of all, it all got started with the April Fools gimmick that Sega rolled out on Steam in the form of an 8-bit, playable version of Bayonetta. While the side-scrolling shooter was little more than a joke, it actually did contain something extraordinary.

In one of the achievements that could be unlocked in the Bayonetta spoof title, there was a special URL contained within it. If you clicked on the URL it would take you to a countdown timer site hosted on the official Sega website.

The URL has a series of numbers in it, but people are unsure what it means exactly. The site page is counting down toward a date that apparently lands on April 11th at 12PM EST. I'm not sure what the significance is of this date, but Polygon speculates that it could be in relation to an announcement having to deal with Bayonetta.

If you look in the background of the site, there's an infamous image of the gun-wielding witch's iconic gun-heel. The image, as noted in the article, is from the last few frames of the original Bayonetta teaser trailer where he showed the ejected shell casings next to the barrels on the back of her heel.

This has led many to believe that this all ties back into the possibility that Bayonetta may be announced for PC. Sega and Platinum Games have regularly been requested to port over their seventh gen titles to PC, especially Vanquish and Bayonetta. Given that the April Fools' joke was an 8-bit version of the violent vixen made available for Steam users, it's not outside the realm of possibility that they would actually port over the 2010 outing for PC gamers.

This would be pretty cool news, actually, given that Sega hasn't been shy in supporting PC gamers with some console ports, most notably with games like Jet Set Radio and niche titles like Valkyria Chronicles. Sega has also been moving over their classic titles from the Sega Saturn and Dreamcast, as well as old classics from the Sega Genesis and 32X.

Their most recent port-over was Sonic Lost World from the home consoles, so it's not outside the realm of possibility that we could see Sega moving over a sleeper-hit classic like Bayonetta for Steam gamers. If this does happen, hopefully they also consider Vanquish, because gamers have been begging Sega for that one for ages.

Of course, this is all speculation and we have no idea if they really are planning on bringing a seven year old console title to Steam. For all we know, this could be an announcement for Bayonetta 3, but that seems highly unlikely given the lukewarm sales of Bayonetta 2 on the Wii U, and the original's niche sales. Then again, we'll find out when April 11th rolls around.

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