After years of waiting for Nintendo and PlatinumGames to show off the game, we finally have a new gameplay trailer for Bayonetta 3. The September Nintendo Direct featured the first look at Bayonetta 3 following a teaser announcement in 2017. For Bayonetta fans, the trailer was welcomed with open arms — especially as it confirmed that the game is set to launch in 2022.
The history of Bayonetta 3
After the release of The Wonderful 101 exclusively for the Wii U in 2013, PlatinumGames established a partnership with Nintendo. Bayonetta 2 launched as a Wii U exclusive in 2014. Some fans of the first game (which released for multiple consoles) were angry at the exclusivity; however, had it not been for Nintendo’s funding, it’s likely that Bayonetta 2 never would have been released.
The game received critical acclaim and fans were excited for PlatinumGames to announce the next title in the series. Shortly after the Switch hit store shelves, Nintendo revealed Bayonetta 3 at the 2017 Game Awards via a short teaser. Beyond the name, we didn’t get any other information — but it was enough to get people excited.
From then, however, the developers were mostly radio silent on the game. All Platinum told us is that it was hard at work on the title, with no trailers to show. That changed for the September Nintendo Direct where Nintendo ended the presentation with the first gameplay trailer for Bayonetta 3. Moreover, it revealed that the game was set to release in 2022.
Gear up and get hunting
Analyzing the gameplay shown in the Direct trailer, it appears that Bayonetta 3 will continue the same high-octane gameplay of the previous two games. Bayonetta is still equipped with numerous weapons and combat maneuvers to take down giant demonic threats.
Famous mechanics like Witch Time, Torture Attacks, and Wicked Weaves are making a return. We also see Bayonetta summoning the Infernal Demons Gomorrah, Malphas, and Phantsmaranae and using them in battles. Bayonetta now appeals to be able to unleash Torture Attacks on multiple enemies at a time.
We’ve also seen the first example of one of the game’s new mechanics, Demon Masquerade. Using this, Bayonetta can assume the form of a demon (Madama Butterfly in the trailer) to perform devastating attacks. We don’t know how or when Bayonetta will be able to unleash this attack, but it should make for another excellent addition to her arsenal.
What we know about the story (so far)
We don’t know a lot about the story right now as PlatinumGames is keeping tight-lipped on that front. We do know that the game takes place in the Shibuya area of Tokyo where “mysterious life forms appearing to be neither angel nor demon” are attacking. It’s up to Bayonetta to do what she does best: kick these creatures back to whatever hellhole they came from.
Unfortunately, it seems like longtime Bayonetta voice actress Helena Taylor isn’t returning to voice the iconic witch this time around. We don’t know who is potentially replacing her, but this (alongside the character’s appearance) might indicate that we’re playing as a grown-up Cereza in an alternate timeline. This is only a guess right now, however.
An interesting detail PlatinumGames fans picked up on is the appearance of Lappy, the lovable dog mascot from Astral Chain. Based on his appearance at the beginning of the gameplay trailer, many were expecting that Nintendo was announcing Astral Chain 2 before Bayonetta stepped into frame. Some speculate that this means PlatinumGames is building an extended universe with Bayonetta and Astral Chain (and possibly other properties?) involved. Considering Bayonetta cameos in other Platinum games like The Wonderful 101 and Anarchy Reigns, though, this could just be Platinum being playful.
When can you expect to play Bayonetta 3?
Bayonetta 3 is expected to release in 2022 for the Nintendo Switch. We currently don’t have a more specific release window, but we should hopefully see it no later than Q3 2022. Given that PlatinumGames or Nintendo hasn’t given a specific release date, it’s likely that we won’t see this within the next six months. Thus, Nintendo probably won’t be showing Bayonetta 3 at the next Nintendo Direct, but rather the one after that (which may happen around Spring 2022).
We’ll be sure to keep you updated with the release date and pre-order information as it comes out. Make sure to come back to this page to see what new details get revealed. In the meantime, you can check out the official site here or the Nintendo page on the game here.
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