While Bayonetta 3 hasn’t yet been released, it remains one of the most anticipated Switch games. The wait for more Bayonetta was long, but Platinum Games surprised us with a new gameplay trailer and a 2022 release date during the Nintendo Direct showcase in September.
A blog post by Bayonetta 3 director Yusuke Miyata, published shortly after the trailer, only served to heighten the anticipation. Closed out the post by stating that the game is nearing its completion: “At this point, we’re in the final stages of development, and we’re working tirelessly to make the core of the game even more enjoyable and testing it constantly. In order to create a masterpiece worthy of the name Bayonetta, as the culmination of this series beloved by all of you, we’re giving it everything we’ve got.”
What is Bayonetta 3?
Platinum Games‘ Bayonetta series has three instalments, the most recent of which was released in 2009. Inspired by Hideki Kamiya’s previous works like the Devil May Cry series, the game is helmed by a Japanese developer. In a world where angels known as Lumen Sages collide with Umbra Witches, it’s a hack and slash. To save the world, Bayonetta fights her way through hordes of enemies while collecting a charming cast of side characters.
With the release of Bayonetta 2 for the Wii U in 2014, the first game received a sequel that further developed the addictive combat, added mythological deities, and bolstered the game’s fan base. In anticipation of a triumphant return, Bayonetta has lain dormant in the shadows ever since. As of February 2020, a remastered version of Bayonetta will be available on PS4 and Xbox One, so now is a great time to jump into the series and catch up on the storey.
Both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. and the Nintendo Switch version of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate feature Bayonetta as playable characters, respectively. Since a cryptic teaser trailer was shown at the 2017 Game Awards, Bayonetta 3 has been in development. Now that the latest trailer has been released, we know that the project is nearing completion.
Bayonetta 3 release date
Platinum Games confirmed Bayonetta’s release date for 2022 during the September Nintendo Direct, showing off the game’s gameplay for the first time. It’s great to finally have a launch window, even if we don’t have an exact release date. Bayonetta 3 is expected as released on 28, October 2022.
The gameplay video for Bayonetta 3
When Bayonetta made a big appearance in the September Nintendo Direct, it brought cheers from all corners. Bayonetta 3 gameplay was shown off at the showcase, and we were able to get our first look at the famous protagonist summoning her own massive monsters and unleashing some truly devastating strikes on the enemy.
It was revealed by Platinum Games’ Miyata in a blog post that the upcoming Bayonetta game will feature new elements and mechanics.
“We injected a slew of fresh ideas throughout the fast-paced structure. “Demon Slave” is a new mechanic that allows you to control Infernal Demons, and I’d like to discuss it a bit. Players can control demons during gameplay and unleash a wide range of intuitive actions, unlike the Climax Summons of previous games that automatically defeated enemies and returned to Inferno. The kinds of abilities that are advantageous in a given situation can change at any time, and this is true for demons as well.”
Bayonetta 3 teaser trailer
As the moon in the background turns blood red, we see a split in one of Bayo’s famous ribbons in this cryptic teaser trailer. With no warning, an electric force attacks her and she’s forced to open fire with her pistols. An unseen figure interrupts these shots mid-air, corrupting their ammo and causing it to fall to the ground. Bayonetta lets go of her guns as the creature rushes towards her and a purple rune with the number 3 etched into it appears. In spite of Kamiya mentioning hints in the teaser, it is still difficult to decipher and fans have not yet solved the mystery. After the events of the previous two games, we won’t be able to figure out who the villain is or what Bayonetta is up to until we see more footage and storey details.
The prequels to Bayonetta 3 – where do they leave us?
Bayonetta 2 ends in a paradox that sets things in motion for the first game, if you’ve played both of the previous instalments. Despite Bayonetta’s inevitable pain and loss of both of her parents, it’s a happy note to end on. For now, it appears that Bayonetta is back in the same time period as previous games, but the series has a history of time travel, so we’ll have to wait and see how this one plays out. Prequels to the two main games, which take place before the Umbra Witches and Lumen Sages’ civil war, would be an intriguing choice for the third game. The addition of new antagonists and supporting characters, as well as a closer look at some of the series’ most beloved characters, would be welcome additions. During the ending sequence of the second game, Loki mentions that he will see Bayonetta again in the future. This indicates that he will likely be included in the next game, along with the usual suspects, as well.
What would we like to see in Bayonetta 3?
A sequel to Bayonetta 3 could take some cues from Devil May Cry 5’s smoother combat or even include characters other than the titular protagonist, given the success of Devil May Cry 5. In a future version, I’d love to take on the role of Jeanne, Rosa, or even Loki. Bayo’s move set is bound to be improved and new ideas for weapons and combos will be developed, but the foundation is already in place and the game is still enjoyable today, so the developers don’t need to go overboard. Bayonetta 3 is expected as released on 28, October 2022.
Following the success of Fly Me To The Moon and Moon River, it would be great to hear yet another slamming old-school cover on the album’s soundtrack. As is customary for Platinum, we expect plenty of nods to classic pop culture icons as well as plenty of swaggers. I know it’s a sinful thing to do, but… The Nintendo Switch’s gyroscopic HD rumble capabilities may also allow for motion controls. I’d enjoy slaying angels in my living room and burning off some energy in the process!