Bayonetta 3 Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Bayonetta 3 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Hideki Kamiya Teases Bayonetta 3 Update for 2021 https://www.gameskinny.com/4voyb/hideki-kamiya-teases-bayonetta-3-update-for-2021 https://www.gameskinny.com/4voyb/hideki-kamiya-teases-bayonetta-3-update-for-2021 Mon, 18 Jan 2021 17:42:21 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Remember Bayonetta 3? Contrary to some beliefs, Platinum Games' Hideki Kamiya remembers it too and said he hopes to share more Bayonetta 3 news sometime this year.

Kamiya made the comments during an Arcade Archives stream but didn't say much more about the third installment of Platinum's witchy beat-'em-up game. That makes approximately one new Bayonetta 3 update in a year, though scant as these tidbits have been, at least it means Bayonetta 3 isn't canceled.

Kamiya also teased more announcements from Platinum, announcements that should "bring some hype to this industry." Some of these are reportedly unannounced projects, though it's likely one of Platinum's big projects is the mysterious Project G.G. announced early in 2020.

Bayonetta 3, whenever it does release, seems like it will shake up the witch's story even more than the second game did, with a foe that "stops Bayonetta in her tracks." Either way, Platinum's knack for creating spectacular action games with unforgettable setpieces means we can't wait to learn more — hopefully sometime this century.

[Source: Nintendo Everything]

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Platinum Games Says Bayonetta 3 Development Still on Track https://www.gameskinny.com/4mqkr/platinum-games-says-bayonetta-3-development-still-on-track https://www.gameskinny.com/4mqkr/platinum-games-says-bayonetta-3-development-still-on-track Mon, 24 Feb 2020 12:31:25 -0500 Josh Broadwell

It's been over two years since Platinum Games first treated us to teaser footage for the upcoming Bayonetta 3. The lack of any solid updates in that time led many to wonder whether the demon-slaying witch's latest outing would suffer from delay like so many others. In short, everything's going according to plan.

Platinum's Hideki Kamiya and Atsushi Inaba set the record straight in a brief Famitsu interview, telling the Japanese magazine development was fine. Unfortunately, Kamiya and Inaba didn't provide much more information about Bayonetta 3, but Kamiya did say fans have yet to discover all the secrets hidden away in the Bayonetta 3 reveal trailer.

Which is pretty intriguing because it doesn't show much on the surface. Bayonetta faces off against a powerful foe capable of stopping the witch in her tracks — and then what? Her guns fall, and Bayonetta herself possibly vanishes. Maybe we're looking at multiple playable characters this time around or two-player co-op play? We don't know right now. 

Hopefully, we don't have to wait long until we find out. Kamiya noted this year marks the series' 10th anniversary, so even if we don't see a release date for Bayonetta 3, maybe we'll at least get another trailer or some more satisfying news.

Meanwhile, we've got another Platinum announcement to look forward to later this week and the promise of The Wonderful 101 coming to new platforms after its wildly successful Kickstarter. So that's something at least.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Bayonetta 3 and Platinum news as it's conjured from the depths.

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Platinum Games Teases Big Year, Multiple New Announcements for 2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/5sj0a/platinum-games-teases-big-year-multiple-new-announcements-for-2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/5sj0a/platinum-games-teases-big-year-multiple-new-announcements-for-2020 Mon, 06 Jan 2020 13:54:30 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Platinum Games, makers of Bayonetta, NieR, and Astral Chain, among other properties, teased multiple announcements for 2020 in its New Year's message.

Platinum's President and CEO, Kenichi Sato, said 2020 will be the year Platinum makes good on its promise to lift the curtain on "a new stage for PlatinumGames," with several big announcements planned for early 2020.

Representative Studio Head Atsushi Inaba added to Sato's comment by saying Platinum has multiple big and small announcements planned for the entire year, not just Q1 and Q2.

These announcements are meant to coincide with the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, with Sato stating:

As a game studio representing Japan, this year we here are PlatinumGames are looking to go all-out, to get attention from fans around the world, and bring smiles to everyone.

Platinum has plenty of potential for bringing those smiles this year as well. Bayonetta 3 was conspicuous in 2019 solely because of the near-complete silence surrounding its development, while Babylon's Fall seems to be shaping up nicely. Astral Chain was a surprise hit from 2019, and though it seems a bit early for a sequel announcement, it's always a possibility.

Whatever new Platinum Games announcements roll out, stay tuned to GameSkinny for all the latest details.

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10 Most Anticipated Action Games of 2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/616qi/10-most-anticipated-action-games-of-2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/616qi/10-most-anticipated-action-games-of-2019 Mon, 19 Nov 2018 16:32:50 -0500 Jordan Baranowski

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Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

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Developer: Massive Entertainment
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: March 15, 2019

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Looking to build off the successes of the first game and address some of the issues that many players had, Tom Clancy's The Division 2 looks to update its brand of squad-based shooter with its 2019 release. The game takes place about half a year after the original, and will allow players to team up in small groups to take on objectives in an ever-changing world.

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The main focus for Massive Entertainment with The Division 2 is on the endgame content. A big gripe with the original was that there was not enough for players to do as they got to the end of the game, so high-level raids and large (free!) DLC support is in the plans for the sequel.

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The Division 2 is available for preorder now, and doing so will gain you access to the private beta when it becomes available. The game will release in full on March 15, 2019.

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Editor's note 2/12/19: We played The Division 2 PC beta. Here are our thoughts

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Are there any other games you're looking forward to in 2019 that aren't on this list? Let us know in the comments below!

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Gears 5

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Developer: The Coalition
Platforms: PC, Xbox One
Release Date: 2019

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Don't let the title fool you - they may have dropped "of War," but Gears 5 is another entry in the Gears of War series. Even more confusingly, it is actually the sixth entry, since Gears of War: Judgment came between the third and fourth games.

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Those semantics aside, it seems like we can expect more of the third-person, cover-based shooting that the Gears series has always done so well. Many characters we know and love, including series mainstay Marcus Fenix, will be returning in Gears 5, but it will pick up where Gears of War 4 left off. Players will control Kait Diaz, who is searching for the origin of the Locust and her own family history.

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Gears will feature both single player and multiplayer and crossplay between Xbox One and PC players. It is expected to release sometime in 2019.

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Bayonetta 3

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Developer: Platinum Games
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Release Date: 2019

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The good news is that Bayonetta 3 is in development and should be coming out in 2019. The bad news is this: if you don't own a Nintendo Switch, you're out of luck. The third game of the trilogy is coming exclusively to Nintendo's platform, but it will look to continue the title character's story and bring plenty of blisteringly difficult challenges to players.

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The story of Bayonetta is... difficult to explain. Here goes: you play as a sexy witch who has guns for shoes and a magical outfit that is made out of her own hair. She is over-the-top flirtatious, constantly posing during fights and making double entendres. She utilizes her hair as a weapon, crafting it into giant monsters in order to battle creatures of heaven and hell.

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It's... complicated.

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What it does extremely well is crazy action - think Devil May Cry but sped up a few degrees. The combat system rewards twitch reflexes and massive combos, so there is a lot of level for mastery here. The story is, as we mentioned, totally off the wall - but the game is also well aware of that fact, and never gets to the point of being annoying with its self-awareness. Switch owners will need to keep their eyes open, as Bayonetta 3 is hopefully coming in 2019.

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DOOM Eternal

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Developer: id Software
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One
Release Date: 2019

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2016's DOOM reboot was an extremely pleasant surprise, and id Software is looking to continue that goodwill with a direct sequel, entitled DOOM Eternal. The demons have begun to invade Earth and, of course, only you can stop them.

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One of the best aspects of the reboot of DOOM was how well the developers captured the adrenaline-pumping feel of the original games. The are looking to push this even further in the sequel, offering plenty of incentive for the player to be aggressive in their demon-murdering spree. One of the coolest new additions comes in the form of the "Meat Hook," a grappling gun attachment on the shotgun that allows players to grapple into an enemy and unload a powerful shotgun blast as soon as they get close. Get ready for plenty of gore.

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DOOM Eternal will also feature a Dark Souls-esque multiplayer option that will let players invade others' games as demons. id Software appears to be hitting the "more of what people liked" button with DOOM Eternal, and it is expected sometime in 2019.

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Cyberpunk 2077

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Developer: CD Projekt Red
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: TBA

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CD Projekt Red's follow up to one of the greatest games of all time, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, looks to be a similarly ambitious title. Cyberpunk 2077 draws its inspiration from the tabletop RPG Cyberpunk 2020, and it looks to take the powerful story telling and grey morality of The Witcher into a science fiction future.

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In Cyberpunk 2077, players take control of a character named V. Unlike The Witcher's Geralt, V is fully customizable: look, gender, skills, and more are all determined by the player and how they want to approach the game. It takes place in a massive open world: a futuristic megacity called Night City, California. 

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Cyberpunk 2077 looks massively ambitious and, if done right, could be yet another massive win for CD Projekt Red. There's no guarantee it is coming out in 2019, but we can certainly keep our fingers crossed.

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Skull & Bones

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Developer: Ubisoft
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: 2019

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Sadly, Skull & Bones is not a stealth-action game featuring George W. Bush as he infiltrates his alma mater’s secret society. Rather, it takes elements from the much beloved Assassin’s Creed pirate-themed entry Black Flag, and will allow players to live out their favorite pirate fantasies - no bottle of rum needed. However, for maximum enjoyment, one would be highly encouraged.

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Skull & Bones is a third-person game that features a single player campaign, but its main draw is its multiplayer naval combat. Each player will play as a pirate captain, and can party up with up to five others to sail the high seas and engage in ship-to-ship combat. Ubisoft is promising all sorts of variables to play into the game’s combat, including wind conditions and how rough the ocean is. It will also provide players with a variety of ships to choose from, mimicking the “classes” of squad-based shooters. This promises a variety of strategies and playstyles, and will hopefully keep things fresh as the game ages.

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There is no definitive release date yet for Skull & Bones yet, but it is expected in 2019. Keep your eyes on the horizon for more details as they become available.

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

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Developer: FromSoftware
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: March 22, 2019

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FromSoftware, best known for the Dark Souls series and its spiritual sequel Bloodborne, has a new third person, melee combat title coming out in 2019. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice looks like it isn’t a complete Souls-alike, while still utilizing elements of its character design and combat.

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Sekiro takes place in 16th century Japan, and the player takes control of a shinobi who has lost his arm in battle. When the shinobi awakens, he has been given a prosthetic arm (which the player can customize with different tools and upgrades) and leaves to seek revenge - the man who wounded him also kidnapped his master.

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Rather than utilizing the mysterious story and character creation of Dark Souls, Sekiro looks to tell a bit more of a coherent story while offering plenty of the chunky, timing-based combat that players expect from FromSoftware. There will be stealth elements involved as well as a unique combat system that allows players to open up enemy defenses before striking with a precise killing blow. Look for it in late March.

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Devil May Cry 5

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Developer: Capcom
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: March 8, 2019

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Capcom’s stylish, over-the-top action series is returning in March of 2019. Dante and Nero will be returning, slaying demons and looking both cool and cheesy as they do it. A new, playable character named only “V” will also be joining the fray, and a lot of our favorite elements of the series will be on full display.

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Of course, the outrageous set pieces are always a highlight of the Devil May Cry series, and Capcom has released footage from the game so far that shows that this element will be back in full force. Dante will be wielding several new weapons, including a pair of gauntlets named after Balrog from the Street Fighter series and a pair of buzzsaws that transform into a motorcycle (!) named Cavaliere. V reportedly has a completely different fighting style than both Dante and Nero, but how exactly it will work has yet to be revealed.

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Grab your wraparound sunglasses and shotgun some Mountain Dew. Devil May Cry 5 is coming in March.

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Anthem

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Developer: BioWare
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: February 22, 2019

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BioWare’s first title since putting the finishing touches on the Mass Effect series, Anthem is a brand new IP that looks to combine third person shooting and action role-playing elements into a squad-based, open world MMO. If that sounds like it ticks all your boxes, you aren’t alone. BioWare is banking on Anthem being the go to choice for groups of gamers to team up and take down foes.

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In Anthem, each player will take on the role of a Freelancer, mercenaries who battle throughout the world in customized exosuits equipped with powerful weapons and abilities. These exosuits, called Javelins, will come equipped with a variety of skill sets and will allow player customization. For taking on high-leveled quests, squads of up to four will need to work together to synchronize abilities and make the most of their Javelins’ powers.

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Anthem comes out in late February for PC and consoles.

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Kingdom Hearts 3

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Developer: Square Enix
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: January 25, 2019

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Kingdom Hearts 2 came out back in 2005. 2005! Think of how young and innocent we all were back then! If you count the spinoffs, reboots, remixes, and games with crazy titles like Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days. It’s tough to wrap your brain around, but 2019’s release will somehow only be the “third” game in the Square/Disney collaboration.

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One of the most interesting aspects of the Kingdom Hearts series is getting to experience all the different worlds from Disney movies, and Kingdom Hearts 3 has several new entries to the series. Worlds based on Frozen, Big Hero 6, Toy Story, Tangled, and Monsters, Inc. will all play into the game. Confirmed returning worlds and characters include inspiration from Hercules, Winnie the Pooh, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

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Kingdom Hearts has a pretty bonkers story, and it will be interesting where the next true entry in the series brings to the table involving the Heartless, Organization XIII, and the like. Luckily, we don’t have long to wait until its release.

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2019 is looking to push the envelope for action games. If you’re a gamer who wants to get there blood flowing, you’ve come to the right place. 

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Many of our most anticipated action games of 2019 are sequels to established franchises. Some of these franchises are long dormant, but they should be familiar to any savvy modern gamer. A few of these games are brand new IPs, however, and could offer a breath of fresh air to those who are sick of those well-worn treads.

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Whether you want shooting, swords, or Keyblades to get your jollies in, these are some of our most anticipated action titles of 2019.

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3 Things Bayonetta 3 Should Fix with the Series https://www.gameskinny.com/r9vft/3-things-bayonetta-3-should-fix-with-the-series https://www.gameskinny.com/r9vft/3-things-bayonetta-3-should-fix-with-the-series Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:02:00 -0500 Sarah Elliman

A release date has not yet be announced for the highly anticipated Bayonetta 3, but fans are already excited for another installment for the highly acclaimed series. Although many reviewers and players alike heaped praise on the various installments of the series, Bayonetta has had its issues. Though they are small gripes, if fixed, the developers (Platinum Games) could score a massive hit. The series is already well-loved, and these improvements could take it to superstar status.

Writing 

Although Bayonetta was created to be over-the-top and preposterous, in both the first and second installments, the writing could appear very juvenile, with humor attempts that fell flat and a story that was mediocre at best. Bayonetta has always been focused on providing good action, and that shouldn’t be taken away from the game. Bayonetta was never meant to be a deep story, or to really have a story at all, but that doesn’t mean some effort shouldn’t be put in.

The first Bayonetta game, for example, relied too much upon the amnesia trope. Yes, it is a brilliant way to introduce the world in a quick manner; however, there are better ways to introduce a story. A fight between light and dark is a story as old as time, and when you draw a lot from Dante’s Inferno, there are a lot of places you can go. Introducing these elements doesn’t have to be shoved down your throat. Furthermore, the trope was used a second time -- not for Bayonetta, but for Loki in the second installment. There comes a point where, even in a game that doesn’t rely on story, developers need to change up the formula.

If you’re thinking that it doesn’t matter anymore, considering this is the third installment, then think again. Since it is being ported to the Switch, and since they want to draw in as many people to the game as possible, they need to make it accessible to new players as well as please old fans of the franchise. Therefore, the game will introduce a lot of the core story again (perhaps not as in depth, but it is likely to crop up). This is the perfect opportunity to bring more subtlety and depth to the series’ writing without going overboard.

Furthermore, some of the jokes and innuendos were sometimes just not funny at all. Style of humor is a personal preference, and not everybody is going to find the same things funny, but it can break the pacing and style of the game if something is particularly not funny. This is not saying that innuendos are juvenile in and of themselves, but there is a stylish way to present the humor of Bayonetta in a mysterious manner without jeopardizing the style of the game.

Nothing drastic needs to be done -- as stated before, Bayonetta wasn’t made to be a hard-hitting game with a deep emotional impact -- but there are subtle things that can bring it in line with its style and direction.   

Bugs

Anyone who is a fan of Bayonetta may remember the issues that were present with the PS3 port. How could they not? There were so many issues with loading, frame rates, and grainy graphics when compared to its Xbox 360 counterpart. Considering that Bayonetta 3 will be launching purely on the Switch, this may not be an issue; it’s a lot less effort to code a game when you don’t have to consider the different nuances of each system the game is being released on.

However, we say this, but even these days we’re so used to receiving rushed and buggy games, where developers simply wanted to get the game out there and count the cash. The disaster that was Assassin’s Creed: Unity will probably always go down in history as one of the buggiest games at launch, full of untextured environments and faces, broken quests, clipping, and so much more. It’s not insane to assume that a game can be released with minimum effort. Mass Effect: Andromeda is a perfect example of one from last year. It was highly anticipated, and it looked as though BioWare was spending their time on the game, but what came out was below subpar.

Nintendo has been on quite a roll with the Switch and the titles that have been released on it, but there is always a chance that those standards can slip, especially when the pressure is on. Ensuring the game has minimum bugs won’t just mean a success for Platinum Games and Bayonetta, but Nintendo by association as well.

Pacing

The pacing of Bayonetta 2 seemed to be an issue for many people -- not majorly, but it did make the game feel more disjointed. Furthermore, it seemed to play down the magnanimity and sheer awe of the set pieces and enemies because there was no build up. As a Kotaku reviewer for Bayonetta 2 described the experience, "if you constantly have orgasms, they’re not fun anymore," and this is the issue with Bayonetta.

Bayonetta has a lot of grand themes and religious imagery throughout, and because of the nature of this imagery, it means you can go all out on your interpretation of it. Therefore, you would presume there is a lot of material, and that is certainly the case with Bayonetta. The problem is that it feels like the studio is just trying to prove what they do.

When you play an action game, you want to feel a sense of progression and a buildup, an anticipation that the scariest and craziest-looking boss is coming up. Bayonetta has all of this, but it runs throughout the course of the whole game; there is no sense of progression in that sense. There is no subconscious feeling that you’re working towards something. Without that, you begin to lose that sense of wonder, and the adrenaline that makes you fight and game harder is gone.

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Overall, Bayonetta has always been a fantastic series that has delivered perfectly timed action that keeps on giving. These small things would send Bayonetta into gaming stardom, but the series is well-loved, and I have no doubt that the future for Bayonetta is bright. 

How do you feel about Bayonetta 3? Did you have any gripes with the series? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Bayonetta 3 Announced as Nintendo Switch Exclusive https://www.gameskinny.com/ei7ql/bayonetta-3-announced-as-nintendo-switch-exclusive https://www.gameskinny.com/ei7ql/bayonetta-3-announced-as-nintendo-switch-exclusive Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:54:44 -0500 Greyson Ditzler

In one of many surprises to come out of the 2017 Game Awards yesterday, Nintendo has announced that Bayonetta 3 is officially in development and that it will be an exclusive title for the Switch. They also made the announcement that the former Wii U exclusive Bayonetta 2, as well as the original Bayonetta, will be coming to the Switch on top of that this February.

A brief teaser trailer was shown off, doing little else but establishing that the game is in fact real and in development, but also potentially hinting at some sort of narrative conflict as well. A sharp eye picking through the footage can spot streaks of blood running down Bayonetta's face, as well as her seemingly falling apart after being split in half by a mysterious ghostly entity. The Umbran Witch Seal towards the end of the trailer being purple may also hint at the game's color scheme, as was the case with the first Bayonetta being heavy on red and Bayonetta 2 being heavy on blue.

As for the Switch re-releases of both Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2, it seems that Bayonetta 2 will be receiving both a physical and digital release, while the first game may only be getting digital. Additionally, similar to how the initial edition of Bayonetta 2 on Wii U came with a disc copy of the first Bayonetta for the sake of those in Nintendo's audience who might not have played it, each physical copy of Bayonetta 2 will also come with a download code for the full game of Bayonetta.

No dates or major details have yet been revealed for Bayonetta 3, though the game is confirmed to be in development, and the Switch ports of Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 will be available for purchase on February 16th, 2018. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more details on Bayonetta 3 as they develop.

You can watch the teaser trailer for Bayonetta 3 as well as the ports of the first two games below. Here's Bayo 3's trailer:

 

And here's the ports' trailer:

 

 

 

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Platinum Games In Discussions For Bayonetta 3 https://www.gameskinny.com/qxvy5/platinum-games-in-discussions-for-bayonetta-3 https://www.gameskinny.com/qxvy5/platinum-games-in-discussions-for-bayonetta-3 Wed, 31 May 2017 14:36:37 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

In a recent interview with SourceGaming at this year's BitSummit convention in Kyoto, Japan, head producer of Platinum Games Atsushi Inaba confirmed that Bayonetta 3 is currently being discussed at Platinum.

No information was provided on the game's development cycle, and no release window was confirmed. When asked by SourceGaming whether or not Platinum Games intended to keep Bayonetta as the series protagonist, potentially replace her, or add new characters, Inaba said:

“I would like to make Bayonetta 3. We’re talking within the company – even now – about what to do. Of course, that’s just something that you talk about when you’re making a series – do you want to keep the same protagonist? There’s plenty of precedent for changing protagonists, and so that is something we discuss – do we want to keep the same one, have a different one, add new ones – but that’s certainly not anything I can say for sure at this point."

Inaba also briefly discussed his thoughts on the Nintendo Switch and bringing even more Platinum classics to the PC, among other things. 

The Bayonetta series was Platinum Games' first original IP, and it has been met over the years with acclaim from critics and gamers alike because of its unique style and fast-paced action.  

Bayonetta is currently available for Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and Wii U. Bayonetta 2 still remains a Wii U exclusive. Platinum games recently released Vanquish for the PC. 

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