Platinum Games announced Bayonetta 3 at The Game Awards 2017, and as a Nintendo Switch exclusive no less. There was a teaser trailer as well, but it was as short on information as the rest of the announcement.
We did find out that Bayonetta and its Wii U-exclusive sequel were on their way to Switch in February 2018. But that's it. No potential release date, price, or gameplay teasers for the upcoming threequel.
So we've done some serious digging and scouring of our own to collate all of the rumours that have snuck out so far in just one place. Read on to learn all there is to know about the enigma that is Bayonetta 3.
What did Platinum Games announce about Bayonetta 3?
Very little. In fact, all the developer really said was that it was currently in development exclusively for Nintendo Switch. We also got a teaser trailer, which you can watch below, but don't expect it to provide much information.
When will Bayonetta 3 launch on Nintendo Switch?
Again, we don't know – Platinum Games simply stated that it was in development. The fact that a 2018 release wasn't even hinted at could suggest that we won't see it this year. Though that could just be caution on Platinum Games's part. We'll keep you posted as we learn more.
Will Bayonetta 3 launch on other platforms?
As of this moment, Bayonetta 3 is a Nintendo Switch exclusive, so will not release on any other platform. We aren't privvy to Nintendo's deal though, so can't say for sure if that will ever change. However, given that Bayonetta 2 was subject to the same kind of agreement and remains a Nintendo exclusive to this very day, we wouldn't get your hopes up about it coming to PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Nintendo has funded development on this so it's unlikely that it would allow it to go elsewhere.
How much will Bayonetta 3 cost?
No pricing information has been revealed so far, so we can't say for sure. If we were to hazard a guess though, we'd say it would be in line with the retail version of Bayonetta 2, which is priced at £49.99 ($59.99). We'll update you as soon as a price is released.
Will Bayonetta still be the main character?
If the teaser – and title – is anything to go by, yes, this instalment will see the return of your favourite gun-toting witch. We can't confirm until Platinum Games provides more information though.
What's going on in the Bayonetta 3 teaser trailer?
Bayonetta is locked in a pretty intense battle with a figure covered in purple fire who, at the end of the trailer, appears to defeat Bayonetta and disappear in a puff of smoke.
There are a few interesting things to note in the trailer. First, Bayonetta is wearing what appears to be her costume from the first game, and her hair is long. This is notable because Bayonetta sported a shorter haircut and wore a different outfit in the sequel.
While it could mean nothing, it could also mean that Bayonetta 3 takes place before Bayonetta 2. This is a theory supported by the Wittingham Fair guns she's rocking, as these break during the anime Bloody Fate, which is set before the first Bayonetta.
What doesn't support this theory, is that Bayonetta appears to die during the trailer – or at the very least have her legs torn off. If you watch closely, these fall in different directions right after the fight. You also see Bayonetta's hair ribbon from the first game break in two during the first few seconds.
This is all conjecture at this point, but fans on the Bayonetta Subreddit believe that the mysterious figure that "kills" Bayonetta is Rodin due to his combat moves and shades that it appears to be sporting right at the end of the trailer.
But none of this is fact, so take it all with a pinch of salt. Let's wait and see what happens to Bayonetta when the threequel launches on Switch.