Bayonetta 3 is one of the most famous and anticipated upcoming Switch games. It has been in the works for a long time. It’s the sequel to Bayonetta 2, as the name suggests, and players will take another action-packed journey as the sassy Umbra Witch Bayonetta. PlatinumGames, which is known for fast-paced action games like Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Astral Chain, The Wonderful 101, and Nier: Automata, is working on it.
Since Bayonetta 3 was announced, Nintendo and PlatinumGames have been slow to share information about it. But in September 2021, during a Nintendo Direct, we finally got a first look at the upcoming action game, including a release date and gameplay footage.
The game’s release date was finally announced in July 2022, along with a brand-new trailer. Also, at PAX West 2022, Digital Trends was able to play a preview version of Bayonetta 3, so we know a lot about it.
We still have a lot of questions, but we’ve looked all over the internet to find out as much as we can.
Here’s everything we know about Bayonetta 3, from when it will come out to how it will play.
Bayonetta 3 Release Date
The release date for Bayonetta 3 has been confirmed by Nintendo for October 28 of that year, 2022. On July 13, the announcement was made alongside the release of a brand new gameplay trailer (opens in a new tab). Already one of the most anticipated forthcoming Switch titles of the year, Bayonetta 3’s October 28 release date was initially confirmed during a Nintendo Direct broadcast in September 2021.
Bayonetta engages in a bewitching battle against the Homunculi, a feisty new witch named Viola enters the scene, and… is that another Bayonetta?
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) July 13, 2022
Bayonetta 3 Trailers
Let’s start with the Bayonetta 3 reveal trailer (seen above) – the one that formally debuted the project during The Game Awards 2017. A close-up of the moon with the PlatinumGames logo appears, followed by a brief action sequence featuring the witch herself. According to the trailer, Bayonetta has her long hair back (which was a point of contention, since she had short hair in Bayonetta 2).
Following a few brief glimpses, it is revealed that Bayonetta 3 is being developed specifically for the Nintendo Switch. Fans have noticed that the unveiling trailer for Bayonetta 3 seems almost identical (nearly shot for shot) to the teaser trailers for the previous two versions. PlatinumGames also stated in an interview with Famitsu (as told by DualShockers) that the debut Bayonetta 3 teaser has hidden secrets.
This brings us to the second teaser, which was shown during Nintendo Direct in September 2021. We were treated to over four minutes of Bayonetta 3 awesomeness in this trailer. It displayed gameplay, several characters, and Bayonetta herself (with a new haircut), and gameplay.
It concluded with a release window, which was quite encouraging. Above is the trailer, which we will not provide any details about.
Is Bayonetta 3 Coming to PS4/PS5 or Xbox?
Consistent with the preceding answer, probably not. Nintendo is notoriously protective of its intellectual property because it paid for the development of these games. The Wonderful 101’s release on other systems was made possible, but only after extensive negotiations between PlatinumGames and Nintendo. Since Bayonetta is such a valuable IP for Nintendo, we can’t see them allowing it to be ported to any other systems.
That’s all we know about Bayonetta 3 right now, but stay tuned because we’ll let you know as soon as we learn more about everyone’s favorite evil witch with a pistol for a shoe. While we’re still waiting for Bayonetta 3, check out our recommendations for the greatest Switch adventure games and embark on a thrilling journey.
Bayonetta 3 story
PlatinumGames hasn’t revealed Bayonetta 3’s plot, although theories have circulated.
The official website for Bayonetta 3 provides a high-level summary of the story: “Among the destroyed streets of Tokyo’s Shibuya neighborhood, Bayonetta makes an elegant debut after being attacked by mysterious life forms that look neither angelic nor demonic. Just what is the reason for her trip to Tokyo? Exactly how widespread is this new foe’s infiltration, though?”
An Australian classification board’s rating for Bayonetta 3(opens in new tab) also seems to have revealed some new information about the game’s plot: “Bayonetta 3 is an action-adventure game in which human characters travel through a series of fantasy environments, battling monsters called Homunculi and an evil being known as Singularity.” To stop Singularity from obliterating the inhabited planets, “players must make their way to an island, Thule.”