Our Gamescom demo of "climax action" game Bayonetta ended with a minor surprise. Platinum Games producer Yusuke Hashimoto was playing the game on easy—easy!!—cluing us in to an interesting concession in the game.
Now, demos played on easy difficulty settings or "god mode" aren't that uncommon. But it was the "automatic" setting that was the source of our surprise. When played on easy, Bayonetta will perform the same flashy moves and impressive combos with but a simple button press.
It's not quite a game-finishing "win" button that hardcore gamers would scorn, but what Hashimoto said was an "entrance door" to the deeper gameplay of Bayonetta. Easy mode was designed to bring in gamers who might not have the combo-chaining, button-mashing experience of Ninja Gaiden or Devil May Cry under their belts, the type that might be initially wary of quad-wielding, multiple weapon loadouts and memorising long button pressing sequences.
Hashimoto said Platinum Games wanted to "broaden the audience" with Bayonetta, letting less experienced players "enjoy the complete package" without necessarily having to invest the time.
But he was quick to add that there are harder gameplay setting for veteran action gamers, but that "the fun-ness will be consistent throughout all difficulties".
So, don't worry. It doesn't sound like Platinum Games is toning down Bayonetta in any way. It just means torture attacks and nearly naked witches for everyone!