The Bayonetta 3 release date has remained up in the air for some time, though various quotes from Nintendo execs since the reveal of Platinum Games' threequel in 2017 has heavily implied a 2019 release window at the least... until now. That's thanks to Nintendo's newly released quarterly financial report (opens in new tab), which lists all of its upcoming Switch games (opens in new tab) and their respective release dates, once again confirming that both Animal Crossing Switch (opens in new tab) and Luigi's Mansion 3 will indeed be releasing this year.
However, Bayonetta 3 is mysteriously given a release date of "TBA" (To Be Announced), the only other game it shares that acronym with being Metroid Prime 4, which got completely rebooted and handed over to another developer (opens in new tab) unexpectedly last year. That spells bad news for those of us expecting to play Bayonetta 3 sometime later this year, but hopefully the internal delay is merely a small pushback for extra polish, rather than an indication of development woes over at Platinum Games.
There's every chance Bayonetta 3 will make an appearance in June this year, when Nintendo shows off its E3 2019 games (opens in new tab) as part of its Nintendo Direct livestream, but it's not known whether that will be tagged with any news about the game's schedule.
Still, with both a new Luigi's Mansion and Animal Crossing on the way for 2019, not to mention two new Pokemon Switch (opens in new tab) games in the form of Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, owners of Nintendo's portable console can hardly complain. If Platinum needs more time to perfect the threequel to its action-adventure hack and slash series, then we're happy to wait as long as it takes.
There's a reason we're excited about Bayonetta 3. It's predecessor, Bayonetta 2, is one of the best Nintendo Switch games (opens in new tab) that you can play right now. Watch the official teaser trailer for the sequel below.