Bayonetta 3 finally resurfaced on Thursday with its first in-game trailer, published four years after its announcement in 2017.
Aired during a Nintendo Direct presentation, the new video shows the first gameplay of the PlatinumGames sequel – showing the ability for Bayonetta to directly control demons – and confirms a 2022 release date.
In a message posted on Twitter, Bayonetta creator Hideki Kamiya thanked fans for their support and said that he would temporarily stop blocking people who tweet him in English.
Bayonetta 3 trailer
Kamiya later wrote in a message published on the Platinum website: “There are still a lot of secrets about Bayonetta 3, but for now we’d like everyone to let your imaginations run wild from this trailer and get excited.
“With Bayonetta 3, I’m still overseeing the world and story, but in order to breathe some new life into the game I’ve chosen Yusuke Miyata, a longtime and trusted co-worker (although he can be a bit of a goofball), as the director.”
Miyata added: “This is my first time working on the Bayonetta series, but just like all of you, I’m a big fan and played the previous games nonstop.”
He continued: “One of the biggest draws of Bayonetta games is the mysterious and alluring character of Bayonetta herself, as well as that of the entourage of unique characters that surrounds her. I’ve worked on the development of several character games, and I used that experience to the fullest to bring out the charms of Bayonetta and the gang.”
The PlatinumGames action sequel was first announced via a brief teaser at The Game Awards in December 2017, but nothing has been seen of it since.
Earlier this year series creator Hideki Kamiya appeared to tease a reveal for the game sometime this year. But with three months of 2021 now remaining, he remained coy when asked by VGC this month about a potential showing before Christmas.