Bayonetta 3’s Less Risqué ‘Naive Angel Mode’ Draws Mixed Fan Reactions

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A promo screenshot for Bayonetta 3.
Credit: @Nibellion on Twitter.

Some games can be pretty hard to explain if your parents walk in at the wrong time.

For example, if you’re getting far too into one of the Yakuza series’ hostess bar minigames or doing something unspeakable in the strip club in GTA Online, things can get rather awkward.

This, it would seem, is not an issue for some Bayonetta fans, who’ve reacted to the news that the upcoming Bayonetta 3 will include a mode signed to limit nudity with snorts of laughter.

Hardcore Bayonetta Fans Reject Option to Put More Clothes On

The information regarding the new option, which is suitably named ‘naive angel mode’, was delivered via a tweet from developer PlatinumGames, which explained: “We've added the revolutionary ‘Naive Angel Mode’ to Bayonetta 3 so more people can fully enjoy it. By turning it on, you can play right in the living room without having to worry about what's on-screen... we think.”

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The tweet also included a video showcasing the changes this new mode makes, comparing it to the game’s regular mode via clips of a few different characters whose modesty can now be toggled with the push of a button.

Despite their implied sniggering, Twitter users responding to the announcement hailed this development as a positive one, with @Chehansen88 declaring: “ah, a mode for the Christian families so they too can enjoy the highly praised franchise Bayonetta” and @Eien1239 re-christening it “the ‘mom!’ mode.”

On the other hand, user @ReploidREVO called for the addition of a different new mode with the opposite effect, saying: “The highest difficulty level, in addition to being the hardest, keeps everything uncensored and sends lewd screenshots of Bayonetta to your parents and girlfriend while you play, forcing you to fight for your life outside of the game too.”

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Users on ResetEra took things more seriously, with 808s&Villainy saying: “That's a cool feature. And because it's a toggle, hopefully you won't get people complaining about censorship”.

Meanwhile, user PlanetSmasher took a different view, saying: “Not sure naming the mode as a joke making fun of the people who use it is a good idea, nor do I think an optional mode is going to fix the absolute litany of gross objectification that effectively defines Bayonetta as a franchise, but...it's a step in the right direction, I guess.”

Regardless of how you feel about this new inclusion, make sure to follow us for more updates on Bayonetta 3 in the run-up to its release.