Operation Backlog Completion 2024
Jul 132022

It’s finally happening!

After Bayonetta 3 finally resurfaced last September with a 2022 release window, we now have a new trailer and a specific release date.

Bayonetta 3 will be out on October 28.

In addition to the standard edition, they also revealed the Trinity Masquerade Edition, which includes a 200-page artbook and a panoramic artwork made up of all three Bayonetta covers.

According to the press release, it will be available at “select retailers and the My Nintendo Store.” After enduring the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Special Edition preorders, I was very happy to read the words “select retailers.”

The first Bayonetta is also getting a limited standalone physical release on September 30, since previously it was only packaged with Bayonetta 2 or available digitally.

Now let’s take a look at the new Bayonetta 3 trailer (which I’d embed here, but it can only be viewed on Youtube).

After the previous trailer, I was a little concerned that the new gameplay elements might make the game feel too slow. Well, this trailer reassured me. The part where you directly control the demons still looks slower than the rest, but everything else looks as fast-spaced and smooth as ever.

The mysterious silhouetted character from the previous trailer is now officially revealed as a new playable character called Viola. Theories about her identity are still running rampant, however, especially since Luka seems to recognize her.

This trailer also confirms there are multiple worlds/timelines/universes in Bayonetta 3, including a character Nintendo strongly implied is an alternate Bayonetta.

The story description in the press release says “the unstoppable Umbra Witch must join forces with some familiar faces, the mysterious Viola and a multitude of other Bayonettas to stop human-made Homunculi from wreaking havoc” and that you’ll “meet a veritable coven of Bayonettas, each more fabulous than the last, while fighting through the streets of Tokyo, the mountains of China and beyond!”

In short, Bayonetta 3’s story sounds like it’ll be a crazy time.

Oh, and PlatinumGames also revealed “Naive Angel Mode,” aka the mode you turn on if you think someone might walk in and see you playing (or if you just want to avoid nudity). As shown in their comparison video, this essentially keeps Bayonetta’s clothes on during her special attacks and transformations.

(A few people are upset about this option existing for some reason, but most agree it’s great to have options.)

I’m so excited for Bayonetta 3, and I’m thrilled that we have a release date! I wish it wasn’t coming out right after Star Ocean (and the third Yomawari, which just got an October 25 release date), but it seems this will be another one of those years where the upcoming months are packed with excellent games!

What do you think of the new Bayonetta 3 trailer?

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