Platinum Games explains Bayonetta 3’s E3 no-show

“Just because we’re not showing it doesn’t mean it’s not going well”

Platinum Games has reassured fans over Bayonetta 3’s E3 2019 absence, insisting that development is “going well”.

Bayonetta 3 was announced via a brief teaser released during The Game Awards in 2017 and nothing has been seen of it since.

The most recent update on the title’s progress came in May, when Platinum told VGC that Bayonetta 3 will see a change in design process based on the studio’s experience creating the first two games.

Asked if fans should be worried by Bayonetta 3’s E3 2019 absence, studio head Atsushi Inaba told VGC at E3 this week: “No, development is actually going quite well.

“Games aren’t usually done in a year or two… it takes a while. That’s all. Things are going well and I know a lot of people are asking for it.

“Giving updates for everything at E3 isn’t the smartest PR strategy to begin with,” he added. “So just because we’re not showing it here doesn’t mean it’s not going well.”

Asked if the 18 month silence since the game was announced was indicative of the studio’s grand ambitions for the title, Inaba agreed.

“Yes, it’s going to be a high quality title and we’re putting our all into it. That is what you’re seeing [with the silence].”

The studio head previously revealed that Platinum is trying to move away from “an orthodox development process” with Bayonetta 3.

The game’s development team has learned enough from creating the first two entries in the series to improve its approach, Inaba said.

“With Bayonetta 1 and 2 we had basically an orthodox development process, at least for us,” he told VGC. “We did stage one, then stage two, then stage three and built up the drama and the pacing chronologically.

“For Bayonetta 3, we can say that we learned enough from making the past two games to change our process in a way that’s different to what I just described.”

Platinum’s sole title at E3 2019 is Nintendo-published Astral Chain, which releases for Switch in August.