Bayonetta and Vanquish Getting 4K Remasters for Consoles in 2020

Bayonetta and Vanquish Getting 4K Remasters for Consoles in 2020

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Bayonetta and Vanquish, two of PlatinumGames' most cherished projects, are on their way to Xbox One and, presumably, PS4 according to a store listing spotted on the Microsoft Store. The games are listed both individually and together in a 10th Anniversary Bundle, though no pricing has yet been revealed. On Xbox One X, the games will run at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second. The digital store lists release dates for all three as February 18, 2020. SEGA has not yet commented on the remasters.

Bayonetta original launched on then current consoles in 2009 before migrating to a number of other platforms including Wii U in 2014, PC in 2017, and Switch in 2018. It has a Strong rating of 86 here on OpenCritic. It tells the story of the titular Umbra Witch who awakens from a long slumber and stylishly dispatches enemies using strange weapons such as high heel guns and her hair. Its sequel launched as a Wii U exclusive in 2014 and was later to ported to Switch. It boasts even stronger reviews with a 91 average. A third game in the series is planned as well, and will again come to Nintendo consoles exclusively.

Vanquish, meanwhile, doesn't sport the same storied history of sequels and future prospects, but it remains a beloved title as a one-off from Platinum. It's another stylish shooter, only this time much more cover-based but still containing the lightning speed combat for which Platinum has become famous. Originally launching in 2010, it's about a government operative named Sam Gideon who uses his Augmented Reaction Suit to take on deadly robots. After a then current launch on consoles, it came to PC in 2017 with similar visual upgrades to those now apparently coming to Xbox One and PS4. The PC version has an OpenCritic score of 78 from 20 critics.

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