PlatinumGames has offered the strongest indication yet that Bayonetta fans will get the sequel they crave.
Co-founder Atsushi Inaba told Eurogamer the Japanese developer "would love" to make Bayonetta 2 and will do so "when the time is right".
Inaba, who was the producer of upcoming science fiction action game Vanquish, responded to questions surround a tweet from fellow PlatinumGames co-founder Hideki Kamiya.
"Will there be a Bayonetta 2?" a fan asked the Bayonetta and Devil May Cry director on Twitter last month. "I believe so," he replied.
"She'll be back if you believe so," he said to another follower.
"There is no concrete plan or schedule that we can talk about," Inaba told Eurogamer. "It's not like Kamiya said, 'Okay, we're going to make this.
"But Bayonetta is definitely a special IP for us. We loved creating that game. We think it was a really good game.
"We would love to make a sequel to it when the time is right. That's all we can say."
Bayonetta met a warm reception from hardcore gamers and critics, and respectable sales, when it was released late last year in Japan and early this year in the West. Publisher SEGA has indicated it may be up for a sequel.