One of the most illustrious and anticipated upcoming games is Bayonetta 3 – a title that has been cooking for quite some time. As the name suggests, this is the sequel to Bayonetta 2 and will presumably send players on another action-packed journey as the cheeky Umbra witch known as Bayonetta. It is under development by renowned studio PlatinumGames, best known for fast paced action games such as Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Astral Chain, The Wonderful 101, and Nier: Automata to name a few.
Since the announcement some details about it Bayonetta 3 are disclosed. However, we have searched the depths of the internet to find as much information about it as possible. From the possible release date, trailer, gameplay and more ̵
Let’s start with the one and only Bayonetta 3 trailer (pictured above) – the one who officially revealed the project at The Game Awards 2017. It shows a close-up shot of the moon, with the PlatinumGames logo, followed by a quick action series featuring the witch herself. Based on the trailer, it looks like Bayonetta has her long hair back (which was a point of contention as she had short hair in Bayonetta 2).
After a few quick shots that is revealed Bayonetta 3 is in development exclusively for Nintendo Switch. And no other trailers for that Bayonetta 3 are shown, so this is essentially the most we need to work with. Still, it is a nice teaser that gives us a few facts.
Eagle-eyed fans have said the revealing trailer for it Bayonetta 3 resembles (almost shot for shot) the teaser trailers of the previous two episodes. And as part of an interview with Famitsu (as relayed by DualShockers), PlatinumGames said the former Bayonetta 3 trailer has hidden secrets.
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Despite being in development since at least 2017 (possibly earlier), Bayonetta 3 has no release date or release date. Although PlatinumGames recently issued a statement saying it wanted to provide an update on the game’s development in 2021.
As part of an interview with VGC, PlatinumGames co-founder Hideki Kamiya was asked about the possibility of an update this year.
“It’s not really our position to say, but… it’s January,” Kamiya said in response. ‘We have to make something out, right? I think it’s safe to expect something to come out. There is still a lot of the year left, is what I mean. “
This could mean we will get news by the end of 2021, although Platinum is not making any promises. When asked if the potential 2021 update would be more than just a CGI logo, Kamiya said, “I understand it’s driving fans crazy! In light of that, my suggestion would be that maybe we should all reset and forget Bayonetta 3. Then when something finally happens, it will be a nice surprise, won’t it? “
Additionally, Kamiya was interviewed by Famitsu in 2020, quoting him as saying that the game’s development “went smoothly”.
In 2020, Gray DeLisle-Griffen, the voice actress of Jeanne in the Bayonetta games, was asked on Twitter if the voice work for the character had already begun, to which she answered no. This could serve as an indication of how the game’s development is progressing. Typically, voice acting is one of the last parts of development, so this doesn’t mean the game is in trouble.
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– Gray DeLisle-Griffin (@GreyDeLisle) August 23, 2020
As part of an interview with Eurogamer, PlatinumGames said that Bayonetta 3 represents a turning point for the company and how it makes games. It’s unclear exactly what this means, but it could help explain the game’s long development cycle.
At the end of the day, these interviews are heavily controlled by PR, so it’s not exactly alarming that Platinum has not committed or disclosed itself to anything Bayonetta 3’s date of publication. With the COVID-19 pandemic, development has likely slowed, so PlatinumGames and Nintendo are likely to want to keep things secret until they are confident they can hit their intended release date.
Still we could see Bayonetta 3 within the next few years – possibly by the end of 2021. Although a more realistic estimate puts it at 2022 or so.
As noted in the announcement trailer, Bayonetta 3 is in development exclusive to Nintendo Switch. Like Bayonetta 2 for that, the latest entry is exclusive to Nintendo. Although given its long development cycle, the game may have shifted to Nintendo’s next system – be it an upgraded Switch model or something completely new. That’s a lot of speculation, of course, but when this game was revealed Nintendo probably didn’t expect it to be another five years before the game came out.
With rumors running rampant about an upcoming upgraded Switch Pro model, it is entirely possible Bayonetta 3 has shifted to launch on that platform – in addition to the standard Switch we know and love today. Many have speculated that Bayonetta 3’s ambitious scope could benefit from the added power of a Pro model Switch. At this point, we can only say with certainty that it is launching for Nintendo Switch and it will not be released on PlayStation or Xbox platforms.
Because we haven’t seen anything in terms of Bayonetta 3’s gameplay, all we can do is speculate on how it will play out. Although it will almost certainly play like its predecessors, giving players a fast paced action adventure with a lot of style and flair. Given the game’s long development cycle, new features can be implemented. We can almost guarantee that we expect large areas to explore, fluid action gameplay, and over-the-top narrative that will captivate its fan base.
We will likely see the continuation of the combo system, along with various power-ups, weapons, items, and more.
As part of the aforementioned Eurogamer article, Platinum said Bayonetta 3 would still be a linear nuclear progression action game, but notes that new features and mechanics would also be added. Platinum knows that “fans expect crazier, better, tighter action games,” so we’ll likely see a noticeable evolution with Bayonetta 3.
As part of yet another interview with VGC, PlatinumGames Studio Head Atsushi Inaba said “before Bayonetta 3we can say that we learned enough from making the past two games to change our process in a different way than I just described. Maybe the players will recognize this too. And those are all the hints you will get! “
Again, it’s unclear how this new development process will translate to the gameplay itself, but you’ll likely see some changes on the third entry when all is said and done.
Bayonetta 2 included an interesting co-op multiplayer component called Tag Climax that allowed players to team up to defeat waves of enemies with the original Wii U release. That mode carried over to the Switch edition and was one of the most loved aspects of the whole package. With this in mind, there is precedent for the inclusion of a multiplayer mode that could return Bayonetta 3although nothing has been confirmed.
It’s possible that the multiplayer will be dropped entirely to focus on the single player portion of the upcoming release. We’ve seen this happen with sequels before, like in BioShock Infinite or The Last of Us Part II. Since nothing about multiplayer has been confirmed in any way, we can’t say for sure – but we hope the multiplayer comes back as Tag Climax was so much fun in Bayonetta 2.
In Bayonetta 2, free DLC costumes were implemented, including costumes based on Link from The Legend of Zelda, Princess Peach from Super Mario, Princess Daisy from Super Mario, Fox McCloud from Star Fox and Samus Aran from Metroid. Since Bayonetta 3 will be released by Nintendo, it may contain a similar set of costumes for the heroine to use.
As for more substantial DLC like new story content or levels, it’s unlikely given that PlatinumGames doesn’t have much history of adding major expansions after launch. There are a few exceptions such as with Nier: Automata and Metal Gear is on the rise, but for the most part, you shouldn’t expect any major DLC in Bayonetta 3.
Of course, nothing about DLC has been confirmed, so we can’t say for sure yet.
Finally, you may be wondering what pre-order is Bayonetta 3. At this point, pre-orders are not yet available as Platinum and Nintendo are talking about the project’s development schedule. Usually games become available for pre-order when a release date is announced. When referring to the reissue of Bayonetta 2 For Switch, consumers were able to pre-order at The Game Awards shortly after the port’s announcement in December 2017 – before its release in February 2018.
Since then, developers and publishers have announced their release dates too early, as fans are often disappointed when delays occur. With that in mind, don’t expect to be able to book Bayonetta 3 closer to launch.
As for pre-order bonuses, you can get some extra goodies if you buy early, but as history shows, we wouldn’t be overcharging. With Bayonetta 2, Japanese customers were given access to a microfiber cloth when they pre-ordered through Amazon – but other than that, there wasn’t much in terms of extra bonuses. As the series now has a much larger fan base, the pre-order bonuses may be bigger with the next release, but nothing has been confirmed yet.