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Bayonetta 3 for Nintendo Switch: release date, news and trailers

Bayonetta winking at the camera in Bayonetta 3
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Bayonetta 3 is easily one of the most-anticipated upcoming Nintendo Switch games right now and it's coming in October 2022.

First announced all the way back at The Game Awards in 2017, Bayonetta 3 was a game that went quiet for a good few years, leaving fans anxious for news. After making a re-appearance back in September 2021 with a thrilling gameplay trailer and a rough 2022 release window, though, Nintendo has finally confirmed a solid release date of October 28 2022, alongside an exciting new gameplay trailer. 

The first two games in the series, from lauded Japanese game studio PlatinumGames, are considered some of the finest action titles ever created, with the titular witch becoming an iconic and icy-cool star for those that enjoy high-speed beat-em-ups. From what we've seen of Bayonetta 3 so far, it looks like it's going to keep up the stylish action and high quality of previous releases. It's understandable, then, that fans are excited for more. At least now, we know there's not too long to wait.

Keep reading for everything we know about Bayonetta 3, including its release date and what we can expect from the game. 

Bayonetta 3: cut to the chase

  • What is it? The next entry in PlatinumGames' high-speed beat-em-up
  • When can I play it? October 28 2022
  • What can I play it on? Nintendo Switch

Bayonetta 3 release date and platforms

Bayonetta 3 standing in a ruined city

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Bayonetta 3 has a release date of October 28 2022. When it launches it will be a Nintendo Switch exclusive, coming to the original Switch, Nintendo Switch OLED and Switch Lite.

Bayonetta 3 trailers

Bayonetta 3 Umbra dragon

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Release date announcement

Nintendo accompanied the release date announcement of Bayonetta 3 with a brand new gameplay trailer which shows off over three minutes of new footage. It gives us glimpses of Bayonetta in action, as well as her new ability Demon Masquerade and the new playable character Viola:

First Look at Bayonetta 3 Gameplay - Nintendo Direct
We finally saw Bayonetta 3 gameplay at the September 2021 Nintendo Direct presentation. The Umbra Witch returns to battle gigantic foes and uses her signature Witch Time powers to dodge attacks and deliver devastating combos. Check it out below.

Bayonetta 3 Official Teaser Trailer - The Game Awards 2017
The reveal trailer for Bayonetta 3 was first shared at the Game Awards 2017. It's just a quick teaser with no gameplay, showing Bayonetta herself frantically fighting someone (or something) and possibly losing. The teaser also showed off the logo for the game, as well as the confirmation it's being developed by PlatinumGames for the Nintendo Switch.

Bayonetta 3 gameplay

Bayonetta 3 stylish combat

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Like the past Bayonetta games, this will be an action-filled hack-and-slash game where you play as Bayonetta herself, utilizing her stylish gunplay to take down hordes of angels and demons. Magic items and unique weapons shake things up, as does the ability to use Torture Attacks to punish foes for extra rewards.

As has become customary, the sadistically seductive witch has a brand-new look in Bayonetta 3. The short bob that she rocked in Bayonetta 2 is now gone, replaced with beautiful long braids, which can, of course, transform into demonic creatures. 

Speaking of demons, Bayonetta will now be able to summon and control gigantic creatures during battles using her new Demon Masquerade ability which "channels the demon linked to her weapon allowing for some exciting action options, not to mention some hair-raising combos." It means the game will play host to some larger-than-life battles and should mix up the formula quite a bit.

We also saw Bayonetta briefly transform into some sort of spectacular butterfly to deliver a devastating combo, and perform multiple perfectly-timed dodges to activate Witch Time, which lets you deliver significant damage to enemies as time momentarily slows down.

There's even a brand new playable character called Viola, who is described as “a feisty witch in training who fights with a sword and a capricious companion, the demon Cheshire.”

If you're a fan of Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2, it looks like the third entry in the series will deliver more of the same stylistic, and brutally violent action, which is ultimately a good thing. 

Bayonetta 3 news and rumors

Bayonetta 3 Bayonetta summoning during battle

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Naive Angel Mode

As everyone familiar with Bayonetta would have expected, Bayonetta 3 has received an ESRB rating of 'M', with warnings violence, blood and gore, partial nudity and strong language. 

When it comes to the partial nudity, though, it seems that Platinum Games is offering an alternative with something it's calling "Naive Angel Mode". In a tweet in July 2022, the developer said it has been added "so more people can fully enjoy" the game. In the tweet, the developer explains that "by turning it on, you can play right in the living room without having to worry about what's on screen... we think." 

The tweet is accompanied by a video which shows the toggleable mode in action, making things a little less risqué and you can see it for yourself below:

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Bayonetta 3 could come to other platforms
Bayonetta 3 could come to other platforms in the future, but the decision ultimately lies with Nintendo according to PlatinumGames' executive director Hideki Kamiya.

In a tweet (opens in new tab) (thanks, VG247 (opens in new tab)), Kamiya-san said: “We are developing Bayonetta 3, as we did Bayonetta 2, with money we received from Nintendo. Since we’re only developing, Nintendo has total say regarding the product.”

Kamiya-san went on to add: “It seems the probability of Bayonetta 2 and Bayonetta 3 getting ported to the PS4 and Xbox isn’t zero,” said Kamiya-san. “By the [same logic], the possibility that Mario and Zelda [will come to other platforms] is not zero.” 

It seems unlikely that Bayonetta 3 will be anything but a Nintendo Switch exclusive, then, but at least the door hasn't completely been closed on the possibility.

Samuel Tolbert
Samuel Tolbert

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance games journalist. His bylines can be found at Android Central, Windows Central, iMore and TechRadar.

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