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Bayonetta 3

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.

Update: Teaser added below.


Original: Bayonetta 3 is coming exclusively to Switch, Nintendo and PlatinumGames have announced. The two sides made the reveal at The Game Awards 2017.

Of course, those aren’t the only Bayonetta games planned for Switch. Nintendo is also bringing the first two titles in the series to the console in February.

At BitSummit last month, Kotaku caught up with PlatinumGames co-founder Atsushi Inaba. Inaba touched on a variety of topics, including the company’s future plus interest in developing sequels.

Here’s what Inaba had to say about the latter, which prompted him to mention Bayonetta 3:

“For any time, if we have the chance to make a sequel, we want to do it. There is no title we don’t want to make a sequel for. So, of course, we want to make Bayonetta 3 and Vanquish 2. So, yes, we want to make sequels.”

Hideki Kamiya, who created Bayonetta, has also been vocal about wanting to see a third game happen. At E3, he said it’s “actually something I’ve been thinking a lot about” and Platinum has “talked a lot about it internally”.

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PlatinumGames’ Hideki Kamiya has once again commented on the prospects of Bayonetta 3.

Speaking with Polygon, Kamiya noted that the potential project is “actually something I’ve been thinking a lot about.” Moreover, PlatinumGames as a whole has “talked a lot about it internally” with Kamiya having even come up with some outlines about the type of game it’d be.

Kamiya said:

“To answer your question straightly, yes. It’s actually something I’ve been thinking a lot about. We’ve talked a lot about it internally at the company and I’ve written some outlines for what the game would be. And I feel really confident it would be cool if we got the chance to make it. Right now, we’re looking at opportunities… If that opportunity ever came up to make Bayonetta 3, that would be really, really cool.”

This marks the second time we’ve heard from Kamiya about Bayonetta 3 within the week. He recently said that Platinum wants to make the title, and Kamiya has personal interest in a new Okami game as well.

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