One of the most illustrious and anticipated upcoming Switch games is Bayonetta 3 — a title that has been cooking for quite some time now. As its name suggests, it’s the follow-up to Bayonetta 2 and will send players on another action-packed journey as the sassy Umbra Witch known as Bayonetta. It’s in development by renowned studio PlatinumGames, best known for fast-paced action games like Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Astral Chain, The Wonderful 101and Nier: Automata, to name a few.
Since its announcement, few details about Bayonetta 3 have been revealed. However, the September 2021 Nintendo Direct finally gave us a first look at the forthcoming action game, with a release window and even gameplay footage.
Then, in July 2022, Nintendo finally revealed the game’s release date, alongside a brand new trailer. We still have a flurry of questions, but we’ve scoured the depths of the internet to find as much info about it as possible.
From its release date to its trailers, gameplay, and more — here’s everything we know about Bayonetta 3.
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
After a lengthy development cycle, Bayonetta 3 will finally launch on October 28, 2022. This news comes by way of a tweet from Nintendo, with an action-packed trailer accompanying it. A September 2021 Nintendo Direct confirmed its 2022 release window, and it seems PlatinumGames is sticking to its promise, just in time for Halloween.
Let’s kick things off with the reveal trailer for Bayonetta 3 (shown above) — the one that officially revealed the project during The Game Awards 2017. In it, we get to see a close-up shot of the moon, with the PlatinumGames logo, followed by a quick action sequence featuring the witch herself. Based on the trailer, it appears like Bayonetta has her long hair back (which was a point of contention since she had short hair in Bayonetta 2).
After a few quick shots, it’s revealed that Bayonetta 3 is in development exclusively for Nintendo Switch. Eagle-eyed fans have mentioned that the reveal trailer for Bayonetta 3 resembles (almost shot by shot) the teaser trailers for the previous two installments. And as part of an interview with Famitsu (as relayed by Dualshockers), PlatinumGames said the initial Bayonetta 3 trailer has hidden secrets in it.
That brings us to the second trailer, which was shown during the September 2021 Nintendo Direct. This absolute blowout of a trailer gave us nearly four minutes of Bayonetta 3 goodness. It showed off gameplay, some of the characters, Bayonetta herself (sporting a new haircut), and the gameplay. It ended with a release window, which was certainly heartening to see. We won’t spoil the trailer here, so give it a watch above.
Release date trailer
On July 13, 2022, Nintendo announced the release date for Bayonetta 3along with an explosive new trailer. It not only showed the game in action but also gave us a look at some of the new locales and characters, including an additional playable Bayonetta. This upcoming game seems to be taking its battles to a new level in terms of scale, with massive controllable kaiju-like creatures to control.
As noted in its announcement trailer, Bayonetta 3 is in development exclusively for Nintendo Switch. Much like Bayonetta 2 before it, the newest entry will be published by Nintendo, meaning it won’t come to other platforms — at least not anytime soon. It’s possible Bayonetta 3 will eventually launch on Nintendo’s next console, much like the way Bayonetta 2 was ported from Wii U to the Switch, but at this point, nothing like that has been confirmed. PlatinumGames does have a history of working with multiple platforms, so it’s not out of the question we’ll eventually see Bayonetta 3 on non-Nintendo consoles at some point in the future. For now, count on playing it on Switch.
Bayonetta 3 will play like its predecessors — giving us a fast-paced action adventure with tons of style and flair. Given the game’s lengthy development cycle, new features will likely be implemented. Based on the recent trailer, it looks like the new installment will implement large-scale battles between massive creatures. Bayonetta can control a Kaiju-like monster to defend against another foe of equal size, which will probably make for some fast-paced, memorable moments. Bayonetta has always been wild and over-the-top, but this entry seems like it will raise the bar, particularly in terms of scale, which we’re excited about.
We can expect to see large areas to explore, fluid action gameplay, and a wacky story that aims to captivate its fan base. Bayonetta 3 will probably have a continuation of the combo system, along with various power-ups, weapons, items, and more.
As part of a Eurogamer interview with PlatinumGames’ co-founder Atsushi Inaba, it was revealed Bayonetta 3 would still be a linear core progression action game, but notes that new features and mechanics would be added, as well. Platinum knows that “fans expect crazier, better, tighter action games,” so we’ll likely see a noticeable evolution with Bayonetta 3.
During an interview with VGCPlatinumGames Studio Head Atsushi Inaba said “for Bayonetta 3we can say that we learned enough from making the past two games to change our process in a way that’s different from what I just described. Maybe the players will recognize this as well. And that’s all the hints you get!”
Again, it’s unclear how this new development process will translate to the gameplay itself, but you’ll likely see some changes with the third entry when everything is all said and done.
A description from the newest Bayonetta 3 trailer is as follows:
Bayonetta struts through multiple locations in an all-new, over-the-top climax action game. Sporting a wicked new ensemble and somehow familiar pigtails, the titular Umbra Witch must face a mysterious evil using her signature guns and time-slowing Witch Time ability. This time, invading manmade bioweapons called Homunculi find themselves in Bayonetta’s crosshairs.
One thing worth noting about the July 2022 trailer is that the frame rate seems to run much more smoothly than in the previous showing. Bayonetta can also be seen summoning Gomorrah, a demon that can be controlled to battle against massive enemies across the streets of Tokyo and even locations in China.
Bayonetta 2 featured an interesting co-op multiplayer component called Tag Climax that allowed players to team up to defeat waves of enemies with the original Wii U release. That mode was carried over to the Switch edition and was one of the most beloved aspects of the entire package. With this in mind, there is precedent for the inclusion of a multiplayer mode that could return in Bayonetta 3though nothing has been confirmed. At this point, given how close its release date is, it’s unlikely PlatinumGames has a fully-fledged online mode planned for Bayonetta 3. Interestingly, the official Bayonetta 3 Nintendo page does say it’ll include Online support, though it’s unclear what this will look like.
It’s possible multiplayer might be scrapped to focus on the single-player portion of the forthcoming release. We’ve seen this happen with other sequels, like in BioShock Infinite or The Last of Us Part II. Since nothing about multiplayer has been confirmed one way or the other, we can’t say for sure — but we do hope multiplayer makes its return since Tag Climax was so fun in Bayonetta 2.
In Bayonetta 2free DLC costumes were implemented including ones based on Link from The Legend of Zelda, Princess Peach from Super Mario, Princess Daisy from Super Mario, Fox McCloud from Star Fox, and Samus Aran from Metroid. Since Bayonetta 3 will be published by Nintendo, it may include a similar set of costumes for the heroine to utilize.
As for more substantial DLC-like new story content or levels, it’s unlikely, as PlatinumGames doesn’t have much of a history of adding major expansions after launch. There are a few exceptions like with Nier: Automata and Metal Gear Risingbut for the most part, you shouldn’t expect major DLC in Bayonetta 3.
Of course, nothing about DLC has been confirmed so we can’t say for certain just yet.
Finally, you might be wondering about pre-ordering Bayonetta 3. Currently, the game is available to pre-order through the Nintendo site and other retailers.
Standard Edition: $60
Trinity Masquerade Edition
In addition, a fancy version, the Trinity Masquerade Edition, might be more your style. Here’s what it includes:
- Physical copy of Bayonetta 3
- Alternate art covers
- 200-page art book
At this time, the Trinity Masquerade Edition isn’t available to pre-order quite yet, but we’ll update this post when it becomes available.
As for pre-order bonuses, you may get some extra goodies when you buy early, though as history shows, we wouldn’t count on too much. With Bayonetta 2Japanese customers gained access to a microfiber cloth when pre-ordering through Amazon — but aside from that, there wasn’t much in terms of extra bonuses. Since the series has a much bigger fan base now, the pre-order bonuses might be more plentiful with the next release, but nothing has yet been confirmed.