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PlatinumGames has been asked about Bayonetta 3 plenty of times over the past couple of years. The developer has given optimistic status updates, but we’ve still yet to see the game in action. Because of this, some fans seem to be holding on to the idea that the project has been cancelled. Fear not, however.

PlatinumGames’ Hideki Kamiya was again asked about Bayonetta 3 as part of an interview with VGC. Kamiya reiterated that it hasn’t been cancelled, and fans should “take any concerns you have like that and throw them out the window immediately”.

Kamiya said:

It seems like PlatinumGames is regularly asked about the status of Bayonetta 3. Each time, the response boils down to the studio saying that things are going well. If you weren’t convinced by the many times this has been relayed by Hideki Kamiya, perhaps the latest comments from executive vice president Atsushi Inaba will put your mind at ease.

At PAX East 2020, Gematsu asked PlatinumGames about Bayonetta 3, and if they can say that there’s nothing to worry about. In response, Inaba said:

Bayonetta 3 was revealed at The Game Awards 2017, but news has been tough to come by since then. After that initial announcement, we’ve barely heard a peep about the upcoming Switch title.

PlatinumGames’ Hideki Kamiya did recently provide a small update. When one fan asked when we’ll hear something about Bayonetta 3, Kamiya responded: “Development’s going really well. There you go.”

While it’s admittedly not much to go on, it’s reassuring to hear that Bayonetta 3 remains on track. With Astral Chain having been released a few months ago, hopefully we’ll hear about PlatinumGames’ next Switch exclusive sometime in 2020.

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One of the games we could have possibly seen during this week’s Nintendo Direct was Bayonetta 3. In the end though, the title didn’t appear. We also haven’t heard anything about it since the original announcement at The Game Awards 2017.

Despite the silence, PlatinumGames studio head Atsushi Inaba told VGC that “development is actually going quite well.” When asked if Bayonetta 3’s absence at E3 2019, Inaba said:

PlatinumGames is still keeping quiet on Bayonetta 3, which was announced for Switch at The Game Awards back in 2017. However, in an interview with VGC, studio head Atsushi Inaba did share a nugget of information regarding the team’s approach to development. Bayonetta 3 will involve a change in design process based on Platinum’s experience creating the first two entries in the series, Inaba said.

Outside of Bayonetta 3, Inaba was also happy to talk about PlatinumGames in general and tease future plans. In that same interview, he emphasized the importance of 2019 and how the company is “building a new foundation that in later years will pay dividends.”

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Bayonetta 3 is quickly closing in on the first anniversary of its original announcement. Revealed at The Game Awards last December, it’s the only time Nintendo and PlatinumGames have shown off the project in an official capacity.

Platinum’s Hideki Kamiya and Atsushi Inaba did provide a small update during a stage event at the Bitsummit Roadshow: Tokyo earlier today. It was mentioned that Bayonetta 3 is “on course” and the development team is “in sync.”

PlatinumGames’ Atsushi Inaba and Hideki Kamiya raised hopes for a Switch port of The Wonderful 101 at Reboot Develop today. The two also commented on Bayonetta 3, though in general terms.

Inaba first weighed in on how he views Bayonetta 3 as a turning point for PlatinumGames, and needing to top previous entries in the series. Via translator Ben Judd, Inaba stated:

A couple of weeks ago, SEGA hosted a 24-hour live stream for its Gameblast 2018 charity event. As part of that, Bayonetta voice actress Hellena Taylor stopped by for a good hour, and fans were able to ask all sorts of questions.

Taylor did actually talk about Bayonetta 3 briefly, but she didn’t have much to say – and there’s a good reason for that. Taylor said on the record that she hasn’t been asked to reprise her role just yet. This could be because, based on her estimation, the game is “quite early in the development”. Taylor believes she’ll eventually be asked back. Note that when she is asked to voice the role of Bayonetta again, Taylor mentioned that she won’t be able to say she’s involved with the game.

In a series of messages posted on Twitter, PlatinumGames’ Hideki Kamiya spoke about Bayonetta and Nintendo’s involvement. He was a director on the first game, contributed to the second title, and may have some involvement with the third entry.

Kamiya recalled how, originally, Bayonetta 2 was considered for multiple platforms when it was in development as part of a collaboration with SEGA. However, the game was put on hold because of “circumstances” at the company. After Nintendo stepped in, PlatinumGames was able to finish development, and the rights are with the Big N and SEGA. Nintendo actually allowed the Japanese voice track created for the Wii U version of Bayonetta to be included in the PC version.