Bayonetta 3 has finally been announced, with the third installment of the over-the-top action franchise coming to the Nintendo Switch as an exclusive title.
The first two games of the series will arrive first to the hybrid console though, to allow fans of the Umbra Witch to relive the experience and to introduce the franchise to new players before Bayonetta 3 arrives.
'Bayonetta 3' For Nintendo Switch Unveiled
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé took the stage at The Game Awards 2017 to debut the trailer of Bayonetta 3, which will be available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. Bayonetta 3 will be developed by Platinum Games, the studio behind Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2.
The announcement trailer showed the titular character in trouble during a fight, with the Umbra Witch then apparently disintegrating while falling to the ground. Not much else is known about Bayonetta 3, including its release date, as the trailer only said that the game was already in development for the Nintendo Switch.
To appease fans who will be waiting for Bayonetta 3 a little bit longer, Platinum Games will roll out Bayonetta 2, first launched for the Nintendo Wii U, to the Nintendo Switch on Feb. 16, 2018. The Bayonetta 2 port will also include a full game download of the original Bayonetta, similar to the original release.
With the first two games in the series arriving in early 2018, it likely means that Bayonetta 3 will not launch until at least 2019. This would follow the five-year gap for entries in the series, as Bayonetta was launched in 2009 and Bayonetta 2 in 2014.
The Build-Up To 'Bayonetta 3'
Sega released 8-Bit Bayonetta as a free game on Steam in April, which served as a precursor to the launch of the original Bayonetta with 4K support on the PC gaming service. There were also rumors that Platinum Games would be releasing a Bayonetta and Vanquish bundle for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but that has not yet materialized.
Nintendo was previously reported to be encouraging video game producers and developers to create more mature content for the Nintendo Switch. The company wanted the Nintendo Switch to also appeal to hardcore gamers, a movement that has started with titles such as Doom and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.
Bayonetta 3 is finally happening, and will bring its trademark sexiness and over-the-top action to the Nintendo Switch that is craving for mature games. Everybody wins.