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Bayonetta 3: Everything we know so far about the long-awaited sequel

Bayonetta 3 screenshot
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Bayonetta 3 is real and it's hitting Nintendo Switch in 2022. PlatinumGames' iconic action-adventure series is set to return in spectacular fashion, with the enchanting witch taking her talents to the ravaged streets of the Shibuya area of Tokyo. As ever, Bayonetta is dressed to kill, with her hand-and-foot guns returning to dominate any angel or demon that dare challenge her. 

Bayonetta 3 was revealed back in 2017 and PlatinumGames has been hard at work on it ever since. In fact, we're still anticipating the long-awaited sequel to release later this year – following Nintendo's decision to include Bayonetta 3 in a recent  financial earnings report. While we're waiting for more information on the release window, why not read up on the first story and gameplay details. You'll find all that (and more) below, as we explore everything we know so far about Bayonetta 3. 

Bayonetta 3 release date

Bayonetta 3

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The Bayonetta 3 release date is set for 2022. Developer PlatinumGames announced the launch window during a Nintendo Direct September 2021 broadcast, where it debut the first Bayonetta 3 gameplay trailer. With just a few months left in the year, we're expecting PlatinumGames and Nintendo to clarify the Bayonetta 3 release date soon. 

Bayonetta 3 platforms

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Bayonetta 3 is a Nintendo Switch exclusive. The game is being developed by PlatinumGames and is being published by Nintendo, which rules out a release on other platforms such as PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC. The same was true of 2014's Bayonetta 2, which Nintendo published on WiiU and later Nintendo Switch; the original Bayonetta game was published by Sega, and subsequently released on PS3 and Xbox 360 back in 2009. 

Bayonetta 3 teaser trailer 

The first Bayonetta 3 teaser trailer was shown at The Game Awards 2017, confirming that the game was in active development three years after the release of Bayonetta 2. While this Bayonetta 3 trailer doesn't show any gameplay, it does act as a mood piece designed to give us a sense of the sort of outrageous, high-octane action we can expect from the PlatinumGames sequel. 

Bayonetta 3 gameplay trailer

We got our first Bayonetta 3 gameplay trailer during a Nintendo Direct September 2021 showcase. In it, PlatinumGames gave us our first look at the Nintendo Switch exclusive in action, teasing new mechanics like the Demon Slave – which lets you control Infernal Demons in the midst of combat. Check out the Bayonetta 3 gameplay trailer above. 

Bayonetta 3 gameplay

Bayonetta 3

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The Bayonetta 3 gameplay is set to expand upon the systems and mechanics last seen in 2014's Bayonetta 2 – a frantic action-adventure game, beloved for its spectacular and cinematic combat. Developer PlatinumGames has only given us a glimpse at the Bayonetta 3 gameplay, although we have been able to pick apart the trailers to learn a few new details.

For example, we know that fan-favorite gameplay elements such as Witch Time, Torture Attacks, and Wicked Weaves will be making a return – albeit in an expanded form, with Bayonetta now able to unleash multiple Torture Attacks at once for maximum impact. We also know Bayonetta will get a few new tricks, including Demon Masquerade, which allows the Witch to temporarily assume the form of a demon, and Demon Slave, which expands upon the concept of Climax Summons by allowing you to take control of demons and unleash a swath of intrusive actions.

Bayonetta 3 story

Bayonetta 3

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PlatinumGames remains tight lipped about the Bayonetta 3 story, although there are a few details floating around about the enchanting witch's new adventure. The official Bayonetta 3 website (opens in new tab) describes the plot in broad terms: "Mysterious life forms appearing to be neither angel nor demon attack amid the ravaged streets of the Shibuya area of Tokyo, where Bayonetta then makes a graceful appearance. Why is she in Tokyo? And how far-reaching is the invasion of this new enemy?"

Interesting questions without firm answers. But perhaps we can glean some information by looking back at the events of Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 – spoilers to follow, you have been warned.

If you played the previous games, you'll know that the ending of Bayonetta 2 sets up a paradox which ultimately sets the first game in motion. It's a happy note to leave it on though as the loop is closed, despite the inevitable suffering and loss of both of Bayonetta's parents. It does look like we'll be playing as the same Bayonetta we're used to in a similar time-period to previous games in Bayonetta 3 – but then again, the series is no stranger to time travel tomfoolery. 

Bayonetta 3 development

Bayonetta 3 screenshot

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Bayonetta 3 is the third entry in the PlatinumGames' series Bayonetta, which was first introduced to the public in 2009. Spearheaded by Hideki Kamiya, the game takes cues from his previous work like the Devil May Cry series. It's a hack and slash in a world where angels known as Lumen Sages collide in conflict with Umbra Witches. Bayonetta is a witch with amnesia who fights her wicked way through hordes of enemies in order to save the world, collecting a cast of charming side characters along the way.  

The first game received a sequel in 2014's Bayonetta 2 for the Wii U, which developed the catchy combat, involved some mythological deities and helped build the game’s fan base even further with its stylish art direction and rich characters. Ever since Bayonetta has been lingering in the shadows awaiting a grand return. The first two games were ported to the Nintendo Switch in February of 2018 and a remastered port of Bayonetta landed on PS4 and Xbox One in February 2020, so it's a great time to get into the series and catch up on the narrative.

Bayonetta 3 was officially announced in 2017, and confirmed to be a Nintendo Switch exclusive in 2019, and the first gameplay trailer was released in 2021. Since then, PlatinumGames has said very little about the game to the public. The last major update came from executive producer Hideki Kamiya shortly after the gameplay trailer was revealed, where he had this to say (opens in new tab)

"Bayonetta 3 is real, and the day when you’ll be able to hold it in your hands and play is definitely coming! Rest easy and look forward to more info to come, because no matter how great your expectations may be, I promise we’ll deliver an experience that exceeds all of them."

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Josh West is Features Editor of GamesRadar+. With over 10 years experience in both online and print journalism, Josh has written for a number of gaming, entertainment, music, and tech publications, including 3D Artist, Edge, gamesTM, iCreate, Metal Hammer, Play, Retro Gamer, and SFX. He holds a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Feature Writing, has appeared on the BBC and ITV to provide expert comment, written for Scholastic books, edited a book for Hachette, and worked as the Assistant Producer of the Future Games Show. In his spare time, Josh plays bass guitar and video games. Years ago, he was in movies and TV shows that you've definitely seen but will never be able to spot him in.

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