Bayonetta 3, the third entry in PlatinumGames’ hack n’ slash series, is almost here.
After its initial announcement at The Game Awards in 2017, Bayonetta 3 was quiet for a while, leaving fans excited about its development. However, it reappeared in September 2021 with an exciting gameplay trailer and is expected to arrive on Nintendo Switch later this month.
We’ve spent some time with Bayonetta 3 and we can safely say that this exciting, fast-paced (and extremely stylish) new entry was certainly worth the wait (more on that below).
Want to know more? Read on for everything we know so far about Bayonetta 3, including our first impressions.
Bayonetta 3: straight to the point
- What is it? The next entry in PlatinumGames’ high-speed beat-em-up
- When can I play? October 28, 2022
- What can I play on? Nintendo Switch
Bayonetta 3 first impressions
We’ve already spent some time with Bayonetta 3 ahead of its October 28 release – and its tough combat and savage enemies certainly put a smile on our faces.
Here’s what TRG hardware writer – and resident Bayonetta fan – Rhys Wood had to say in his preview of Bayonetta 3:
“In short, Bayonetta 3 gives it its all. Between the frenetic combat, bombastic settings, and the gleeful performances of its flamboyant cast of misfits, Bayonetta 3 is a game that has me grinning from ear to ear like its demonic version of riding a bike. tricycle on the Cheshire Cat.”
Bayonetta 3 release date and platforms
Bayonetta 3 has a release date of October 28, 2022. When it does release, it will be a Nintendo Switch exclusive, coming to the original Switch, Nintendo Switch OLED, and Switch Lite.
Bayonetta 3 trailers
September gameplay trailer
Ahead of Bayonetta 3’s release month, Nintendo gave us a good look at some action-packed Bayonetta 3 gameplay. In just under eight minutes of footage, we see Bayonetta and the new playable protagonist, Viola, in action. Check it out below:
Release date announcement
Nintendo followed up on the Bayonetta 3 release date announcement with a new gameplay trailer that showcases over three minutes of new footage. It gives us glimpses of Bayonetta in action, as well as her new Demon Masquerade ability and new playable character Viola:
First Look at Bayonetta 3 Gameplay – Nintendo Direct
We finally got to see the gameplay of Bayonetta 3 in the September 2021 Nintendo Direct presentation. The Umbra Witch returns to fight gigantic enemies and uses her unique Witch Time powers to dodge attacks and perform devastating combos. Check it out below.
Official trailer for Bayonetta 3 – The Game Awards 2017
The reveal trailer for Bayonetta 3 was first shared at the 2017 Game Awards. It’s just a quick teaser with no gameplay, showing Bayonetta herself frantically fighting someone (or something) and possibly losing. The teaser also showed the game’s logo, as well as confirmation that it’s being developed by PlatinumGames for the Nintendo Switch.
Bayonetta 3 story and gameplay
Like previous Bayonetta games, Bayonetta 3 is an action-packed hack-and-slash game where you play as the century-old witch Bayonetta, utilizing her gunfighting style to take down hordes of angels and demons.
This entry, however, sees Bayonetta jumping between different worlds and timelines to stop the Homunculi – half-human monstrosities bent on destruction. This jump between worlds means that you will often be moving between entirely different worlds and dimensions.
As is customary, the sadistic and seductive witch has a new look in Bayonetta 3. The short hair she wore in Bayonetta 2 is now gone, replaced by beautiful long braids, which can, of course, transform into demonic creatures.
Speaking of demons, Bayonetta can now summon and control gigantic creatures during battles using her Demon Slave dance ability which “channels the demon attached to your weapon, allowing for some exciting action options, not to mention some hair-raising combos”. That means the game will play host to some larger-than-life battles and should mix up the formula a bit, though Bayonetta itself has an exhaustive list of combos to try out – as does its iconic Witch Time maneuver.
Magic items and unique weapons also shake things up, as does the ability to use torture attacks to punish enemies for extra rewards. There will be an additional accessory called the Immortal Marionette, which is described as something that will allow you to “automatically perform combos and defense” with one button, but “penalizes battle results when used on standard difficulty or higher”.
Additionally, there is a new playable character named Viola, who is described as “a feisty witch-in-training who fights with a sword and a capricious companion, the Cheshire demon”.
Bayonetta 3 news and rumors
naive angel mode
As everyone familiar with Bayonetta would expect, Bayonetta 3 received an ESRB rating of ‘M’, with warnings of violence, gore and gore, partial nudity, and strong language.
When it comes to partial nudity though, it looks like Platinum Games is offering an alternative with something it’s calling “Naive Angel Mode”. In a tweet in July 2022, the developer said it was added “so that more people can get the most out of” the game. In the tweet, the developer explains that “by turning it on, you can play games in the living room without having to worry about what’s on the screen… we thought.”
The tweet is accompanied by a video that shows the switchable mode in action, making things a little less risky and you can see for yourself below:
Relax, the witch is back and sexier than ever🌙We’ve added the revolutionary “Naive Angel Mode” to Bayonetta 3 so that more people can fully enjoy it👍By turning it on, you can play right in the room without having to worry about what’s on the screen… we thought😅#Bayonetta3 pic.twitter.com/SEs3vqrdYcJuly 13, 2022
Bayonetta 3 may come to other platforms
Bayonetta 3 may come to other platforms in the future, but the final decision rests with Nintendo, according to PlatinumGames CEO Hideki Kamiya.
On a tweet (opens in new tab) (thanks, VG247 (opens in new tab)), Kamiya-san said, “We are developing Bayonetta 3, like we did Bayonetta 2, with money we received from Nintendo. As we are just developing, Nintendo has full decision-making power over the product.”
Kamiya-san added, “It seems that the likelihood of Bayonetta 2 and Bayonetta 3 being ported to PS4 and Xbox is not zero,” said Kamiya-san. “Fur [same logic]the possibility of Mario and Zelda [will come to other platforms] is not zero”.
It seems unlikely that Bayonetta 3 is anything but a Nintendo Switch exclusive, but at least the door hasn’t been completely closed to the possibility.