[Update] Bayonetta 2 was in the works, isn’t now — rumor

This one will hurt some folks; a Bayonetta sequel was apparently in the works prior to Sega’s internal restructuring.

Following the reshuffle to fight off financial hardships, a number of projects were canned, Bayonetta 2 apparently among them, rumors originating from Spong say.

The sequel, which reportedly reached the pre-production phases, was to have a new lead, a member of the US military.

The first game’s playable character will live on in Platinum’s upcoming Anarchy Reigns, where she’ll be a playable character.

Update: Hope remains; a translated tweet from creator Hideki Kamiya apparently says to keep an eye on next week’s gaming magazines. Could it really be?