PlatinumGames' Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 are some of the best action games on the Nintendo Switch, so just the idea of Bayonetta 3 was enough to get fans excited. PlatinumGames and Nintendo announced Bayonetta 3 for Nintendo Switch at The Game Awards 2017. For years after, there was nothing but silence.
Now, we've finally got more information about this exciting upcoming action game, including when players might get their hands on it. Here's everything you need to know about Bayonetta 3.
What is Bayonetta 3?
Bayonetta 3 is the third game in a trilogy of hack-and-slash action games developed by PlatinumGames. The first Bayonetta was released in 2009 on Xbox 360 and PS3, published by Sega. After this first game, Nintendo agreed to publish future Bayonetta titles in exchange for console exclusivity. As such, Bayonetta 2 launched exclusively on the Wii U, later being ported to the Nintendo Switch alongside the first game. Bayonetta 3 is being developed exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.
These action games follow the titular witch herself, Bayonetta. She is believed to be one of the last two Umbran Witches, an order mostly wiped out by the Lumen Sages. Bayonetta was born as the result of a secret love affair between an Umbran Witch and a Lumen Sage, being given the name Cereza at birth.
Bayonetta 3 Trailers
The first teaser trailer for Bayonetta 3 was for the reveal of the game at the Game Awards 2017. In the teaser, Bayonetta appears to lose to a mysterious enemy:
The second trailer for Bayonetta 3 came almost four years later. To close out the September 2021 Nintendo Direct showcase, PlatinumGames and Nintendo shared a gameplay trailer that marked the glorious return of everyone's favorite witch. This trailer also confirmed the game was being aimed for a launch date at some point in 2022:
Released on July 13, 2022, this trailer confirmed the game's release date to be October 28, 2022, years after being announced in 2017.
What's the gameplay like?
Bayonetta 3 is an action game, meaning it retains the frenetic, rapid-paced gameplay of the prior titles, Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2. Bayonetta uses guns in combat, while she's also able to summon demons with special attacks through her hair. She also wields unique "Torture" attacks, finishing off enemy angels with sadomasochistic devices and punishments.
Interestingly, Bayonetta appears to have a new hairstyle, resembling the pigtails she had as a child. This is leading some to speculate that there's some sort of time travel at work, or that we might see different alternate reality versions of Bayonetta in the game.
Bayonetta 3 Voice actress
Hellena Taylor, the English voice actress for Bayonetta, implied via Twitter that she might not be returning for this third game, telling a fan who couldn't imagine a different voice that "you might have to." It's not clear at this time if this means there will be an additional voice for the titular character, or if Taylor won't be returning for the game at all.
What are the latest updates?
Given how long the game has been in development, we've gathered some updates from when there still wasn't much information available.
Update July 13, 2021: Bayonetta 3 gets a release date
In a new trailer, Nintendo announced Bayonetta 3's release date. The game is set to release on October 28, 2022.
Update September 23, 2021: Bayonetta 3 gets a release window
At the Sep. 2021 Nintendo Direct, we got a gameplay trailer that showed off Bayonetta's new look, alongside confirming that the game is being aimed for a 2022 release window.
Update June 20, 2021: Bayonetta 3 is progressing smoothly
While E3 2021 came and went without a Bayonetta sighting, Nintendo did acknowledge that the game is still on the way and has not been canceled. In an interview with Gamespot, Nintendo's Bill Trinen and Nate Bihldorff both reconfirmed that the game is still in active development.
Bihlfroff said they could "definitely confirm (Bayonetta 3) still exists" while Trinen added, "I will even go one further and say that not only does it exist, but it's progressing well."
"We like to show things when we're ready to show them," he continued "and certainly, we like to show things when the developer is ready to show them. We didn't have it here at E3, but stay tuned."
While her chances of hitting 2021 are slim, the Switch 2022 lineup is slowly forming in bits and pieces. Maybe we'll finally see Bayonetta then.
Update January 29th, 2021: PlatinumGames director Hideki Kamiya suggests fans should "reset and forget about Bayonetta 3"
PlatinumGames finally breaks their silence on Bayonetta 3 in an interview with VGC. In the interview, PlatinumGames director Kamiya stated that fans should just hold on and wait for news, implying it may be a while yet before we hear anything.
However, he did leave fans with a sliver of hope, stating "It's not really our position to say, but… it's January. We've got to have something come out, right? I guess it's safe to expect that something will come out. There's still a lot of the year left is what I'm saying."
Hopefully, this means that we will receive a significant update on Bayonetta 3 sometime this year since it's been almost four years since we last saw it at The Game Awards 2017.
When is Bayonetta's release date?
Bayonetta 3 is currently planned for launch on October 28, 2022, after the game was initially announced in December 2017 at The Game Awards. The release date was announced in a trailer aired in July 2022.
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