Steampunk Harley Quinn, goth pirate, and Final Fantasy Fallout: How Sega thought of westernising Bayonetta

How do you like your gun-swinging, high-kicking witch protagonists to look? Happy with a figure-hugging catsuit made of hair that drops off a second's notice? Or would you prefer a big set of sci-fi boots and a long coat? Or maybe something more akin to a Steampunk Harley Quinn would be more to your tastes? Just revealed via the concept artist's blog, it turns out that Sega considered giving Bayonetta a complete character make-over back in 2008, a year or so before the game's release. The intention? Make her more western-friendly. There are six versions below, and barring glasses they're all a far cry from the leggy latex look she ended up with.

Are they any good? Were they even necessary? Have a look and let me know what you think.

Cheers, OXM!

June 29, 2011


  • WarWasp - June 29, 2011 3:36 p.m.

    First.As for the topic,I got nothin.
  • dphoenix192 - June 29, 2011 3:38 p.m.

    I still fail to see how this looks western? Sure, its not animeish, but that doesn't make it western.
  • CoryM1134 - June 29, 2011 3:58 p.m.

    I like all of them more than the game's costume. I felt flat out embarrassed playing that demo.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - June 29, 2011 4:02 p.m.

    I'll take the over-the-top latex hair over these angsty outfits any day.
  • sirdilznik - June 29, 2011 4:28 p.m.

    Steampunk Harley Quinn would have been the way to go.
  • SanctusScorpius - June 29, 2011 5:10 p.m.

    I like them, but not as Bayonetta. The final, over the top, design suits her the best. And yes, these as unlockable costumes would be awesome.
  • mockraven - June 29, 2011 5:22 p.m.

    Just keeping in mind the amount of hair needed to make her clothing, I think I like her final costume best. I'm really not sure how you'd do leather hair, belt-buckle hair, feather hair, and so forth. Of course one could say "it's magic" but the final costume kind of looks like it's all one material or two at most. That said, my opinion is based on the assumption that Bayonetta would've still had the hair magic that'd essentially strip her down to her undies whenever she did the big "weave" moves. The transition between fully clothed light attacks and scantly covered heavy attacks just seems smoother with the glorified wetsuit than the transition between one of the bulkier costumes and undies would have been.
  • pr0tostar - June 29, 2011 6:28 p.m.

    I'd have gone with #1 if the final call were up to me. Bladepistols are a personal turnon.
  • Fuzunga - June 29, 2011 7:20 p.m.

    WAs never crazy about Beyonetta's design. I like the one on the top left, but the one on the middle of the bottom row is a good compromise.
  • HankVenture - June 29, 2011 9:19 p.m.

    @Redeater I didn't think she an attractive character either. But if we were in school together she would probably be that loser girl that turned fucking hot around 9th grade..but we weren't and she isn't But the bottom middle one looks ok for what I've come to know about her personality. Why does the hair loop around her arms, does it have this in the final version?
  • ngazi - June 30, 2011 2:47 a.m.

    The final bayonetta looked perfectly westernized to me.
  • quincytheodore - June 30, 2011 9:22 a.m.

    She can wear anything and still captures my heart... Beside why bother since half of the time she's half-naked anyway... Not having a boner is half of the fight... Reminds me of Bullet Witch design
  • bkoz117 - June 29, 2011 3:42 p.m.

    Are those suits still made of hair?!? What shampoo does she use? Screw gunboots! I want hair that turns into lingerie-armor! ...not for me, I mean. For, uh, a girl.
  • sniperscope - June 29, 2011 4:07 p.m.

    These outfits are pretty cool, but I like her the way she is.
  • angelusdlion - June 29, 2011 4:16 p.m.

    Eh.. I would have probably preferred one of these designs.. I found the finished product to be so overtly sexualized as to distract from the actual game play.
  • usmovers_02 - June 29, 2011 4:54 p.m.

    I wouldn't have minded the first one, but the final product was perfect. Also, these pics are further proof that Japanese devs don't understand what it means to westernize.
  • Clovin64 - June 29, 2011 5:07 p.m.

    I like all of these better than the costume they settled on. I like the top-left one the best. Looks like it has a kinda Wild West vibe to it, and the hair is pretty. Personally, I'd love to see all these as unlockable costumes in a Bayonetta sequel.
  • Tyrande - June 29, 2011 5:24 p.m.

    me too the final product of Bayonetta is great as it is. But looking at the concept art i like the first one best. number 3 and 4 would kick ass on a Fallout type of game.
  • FauxFurry - June 29, 2011 5:55 p.m.

    Sega should have included those as unlockable alternate costumes. I like the look of those outfits infinitely more than gym uniforms and kimonos. If the crew at Platinum weren't so dead-set against DLC for Bayonetta, they wouldn't make half bad downloads. Those all beat out a red trench coat worn over a single leather strap across the nipples and dark leather pants, leather gloves and boots that J-rockband Inuyasha, pardon, Dante is tooling around in, though the right-most at the top or the middle bottom costumes are my favorite out of the lot. I'm guessing that ReCaptcha thinks that these suits make Bayonetta look as if she comes 'from yerhapar'.
  • KolbitosFruitJuice - June 29, 2011 5:58 p.m.

    I like my Bayonetta the way she is, not that these are bad designs

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