Outside of re-releases and Super Smash Bros, Bayonetta hasn't been seen since 2014, but the third game has already been announced. Unveiled back in 2017 at The Game Awards, we've not heard more but the rumblings of forthcoming news have gone on for a while.
Not many details are available right now, though a Nintendo Direct presentation arrives on September 23rd, which could bring new info. For now, here’s everything we know about Bayonetta 3.
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Nintendo Announces Bayonetta 3 Release Date - September 23
Bayonetta 3 lives, and Nintendo showed it off in glorious fashion. The September 23 Nintendo Direct featured the first full trailer for Bayonetta 3 and announced a release timeframe of 2022. Check out the trailer below:
Bayonetta's Voice Actor Hints At Uncertainty Towards Her Future In The Role - September 13, 2021
Bayonetta voice actor Hellena Taylor hinted that she might not be the voice behind the iconic character in Bayonetta 3.
PlatinumGames Want To Show Bayonetta 3, But Say Its Not Their Call - September 10, 2021
Speaking with VGC, series creator Hideki Kamiya was asked about that potential tease of news in 2021. Confirming its down to Nintendo, he advised "Ultimately, it’s not our decision what to say and when to say it."
Xbox Planned On Bayonetta 3 Releasing Holiday 2020 - May 5, 2021
New documents from the Epic v. Apple trial showed that Microsoft believed Bayonetta 3's release date would be holiday 2020, alongside Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild's sequel, Shin Megami Tensei V, and Metroid Prime 4. Find out more here.
Platinum Explains Relative Silence – February 9, 2021
While discussing new title Project G.G with VGC, Platinum Games' Hideki Kamiya noted that they've been quiet on Bayonetta 3 as the game is not being published by the team themselves. He explained:
"We don’t have that much say over projects that we’re not publishing. And we understand different titles require different approaches, so we respect the publisher’s decisions. So if there is a difference between what we want to do with Project G.G. versus what we normally do with our other titles, it’s not really a criticism for those publishers: we respect their approaches. But for this title especially, our approach as a company is that we’re hoping to be more open.
Bayonetta 3 Release Date
The last we heard about the game was in a Nintendo Direct back in February 2019. We learned that the game is still in development, but the team were not ready to show anything yet. Could we get a short window between re-reveal and release?
While the original Bayonetta initially launched for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Nintendo took over publishing duties from Sega for Bayonetta 2, seeing it become a Nintendo Wii U exclusive. As Nintendo are also publishing Bayonetta 3, that'll be a Switch exclusive too.
Check out the original teaser trailer from 2017 below:
When Does Nintendo Direct Start?
That airs on September 23rd, 2021, starting at 3pm PT / 6pm ET / 11pm BST / Midnight CEST. You can watch it below.