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PlatinumGames stated at the beginning of the year that they were going to go all-out in 2020, following that up with four planned announcements, which they called the ‘Platinum 4.’
So far, the announcements have been:
- On 22 May in Europe, 19 May in North America, and 11 June in Japan, The Wonderful 101: Remastered will be coming to the Nintendo Switch, Steam, and the PlayStation 4.
- PlatinumGames will be self-publishing for the very first time with their new and original game Project G.G.
- In April 2020, PlatinumGames will open their first development hub outside of their headquarters, opening PlatinumGames Tokyo.
While the third announcement may be delayed due to the global health crisis, should Japan enter into a full lockdown as reportedly planned, the announcement of two games certainly lived up to the self-generated hype surrounding the Platinum 4.
Now, we’re closing in on the fourth and final big announcement from the Japanese game developers, which will land on Wednesday, 1 April.
Siliconera relays that founder Hideki Kamiya has said that the last announcement is “a doozy,” but will PlatinumGames give gamers a release date for the major title that they’ve craved since the 2017 teaser?
Bayonetta 3 release date on the way?
We know that PlatinumGames currently has Project G.G., Babylon’s Fall, and Granblue Fantasy: Relink in the works and without a release date. However, the game that fans want news on is Bayonetta 3.
As exciting as all of their other games look, Bayonetta is the big-hitter – especially as the franchise has been all-but dormant since the 2014 release of Bayonetta 2 on the unremarkable Wii U.
Having been teased three years ago, the excitement for a third instalment to the series has only been amplified by the absolute triumph that was Astral Chain and its wonderfully stylish gameplay.
However, those hoping for a Bayonetta 3 release date may want to reel in their excitement just a bit in the wake of Nintendo’s surprise Nintendo Direct Mini, which took place on 26 March.
Bayonetta 3 will be published by Nintendo as a Nintendo Switch exclusive, so if the game were ready, it would make sense for Nintendo to have included it in their surprisingly expansive ‘Mini’ Direct, which covered 32 announcements for 2020 releases and updates.
That said, PlatinumGames has clearly been making a point of being a big gaming company in their own right, capable of promoting themselves and even publishing their own games.
Possibly the best way to do this would be to showcase and announce a release date for their most highly-anticipated game, Bayonetta 3.
Having been teased all those years ago, it seems almost inevitable that this final “doozy” of an announcement would be for Bayonetta 3. Still, PlatinumGames has enough going on that a Bayonetta 3 release date unveiling is far from guaranteed.