Bayonetta 3 has managed to remain under the radar since it was first announced at the 2017 Game Awards with a teaser trailer, according to IGN. With the exception of Platinum Games confirming earlier this year that Bayonetta 3 is still in development, there has been no other news about the game… until now.
In the final moments of Nintendo's September Direct, we were treated to our first glimpse of Bayonetta 3's visually striking gameplay. Listed below is everything we know about Bayonetta 3, including the game's release date and gameplay, as well as rumors and leaks about the game.
Bayonetta 3 release date
Bayonetta 3 is scheduled to be released later this year. Since the announcement of Bayonetta 3, PlatinumGames has been hard at work on a number of other projects, so it's not surprising that the game has taken this long to make a comeback. PlatinumGames is collaborating with Square Enix on Babylon's Fall, and the company will also self-publish Project G.G., a mysterious new game directed by Hideki Kamiya and set in the future. Furthermore, Astral Chain was released in 2019, and it is likely that it took a significant amount of time to develop. When Bayonetta 3 is released, it will be available only on the Nintendo Switch system.
In an interview with VGC, Kamiya made light of the game's release date, jokingly stating, “My recommendation would be that we all take a step back and forget about Bayonetta 3 for a while. Don't you think that when something finally happens, it will come as a pleasant surprise to you and everyone else?”
Atsushi Inaba, the studio head of PlatinumGames, assures fans that “there's no need to worry.” Creator Hideki Kamiya also stated that “it’s not our decision what to say and when to say it.” regarding the series. It appears that any further revelations about the game are completely out of his control.
Marius Hermanavicius, who worked as Bayonetta 3's lead game designer for a short period of time, had actually left the project in April 2020, according to the game's official website. He is now employed as a game designer at Tango Gameworks, where he may be involved in Ghostwire: Tokyo or another project that the company is working on.
Bayonetta 3 Gameplay
The first full gameplay trailer for Bayonetta 3 has been released. The legendary Bayonetta is back to using a handful of complex moves, pulling off insane combos, and racking up high scores as she does every time. The animations in the game appear to be as stylish as they have always been, and it appears that the combat still revolves around the player's quick reflexes.
In this trailer, we see a character who is currently thought to be Cereza from the original Bayonetta game, but who is much older in this version of the game. Then she bursts into the scene, exclaiming, “it seems I'm unfashionably late,” which is amusing given that the game was announced four years ago today.
Also to be expected are a number of unique enemies and bosses that Bayonetta will have to face off against, all of which will hopefully be layered within memorable environments that best utilize the series' themes and characters. We can't wait to get back to the business of striking a stylish pose while unleashing a barrage of bullets on angels and demons.
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Bayonetta 3 leaks and rumors
The plot of Bayonetta 3 remains a mystery even after seeing some gameplay, but leaks have revealed a few aspects to look forward to in the game. Intriguingly, there has been speculation that many of Bayonetta 3's setpieces will take place in outer space, with these environments being presented on a much grander scale than in any previous Bayonetta game.
This same leak also suggests that Bayonetta 3 intends to present far more “melancholic” themes and will treat its protagonist in a different manner than previous games, with her outfits being less ridiculous than before and the amount of sexual content being reduced to a certain extent. Furthermore, it is possible that Bayonetta 3 will use the same engine as NieR: Automata, and it is expected that the game will look significantly better than Bayonetta 2.
When this information is compared to the gameplay trailer, it appears that the leak was inaccurate. However, it appeared to have a similar level of absurdity, despite the fact that the majority of the trailer takes place within a single set-piece. Platinum Games most likely only showed off one level from Bayonetta 3, which means we have no idea what else might be in the game at this point.