Bayonetta 3 Developer PlatinumGames Promises an Early Start to the Year

PlatinumGames has a hefty slate of games on the way, and Bayonetta 3 might be one of their 2020 releases.


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PlatinumGames enjoyed a decent 2019 despite some of their most highly-anticipated released being pushed back. Released on 30 August, Astral Chain earned stellar reviews across the board and proved to be a real gem on the Nintendo Switch last year. 


As it stands, PlatinumGames is said to be working on the PlayStation 4 title Babylon’s Fall, the mobile game Lost Order, and the long-teased Bayonetta 3. They’ve also been readying remastered editions of Vanquish and the first Bayonetta to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

If the rumours are correct about Nintendo’s plans to port more Wii U games to the Switch, the studio may also be working on bringing Star Fox Zero – originally released in 2016 – to the hybrid home console. 

The studio recently gave fans an insight into their big plans for 2020.

PlatinumGames planning to go all-out and start early in 2020

At The Games Awards in 2017, PlatinumGames unveiled a teaser trailer for their next big project, Bayonetta 3 – seen above. Since then, fans have been starving for some information or video content on the game, but the developers have been all-but silent ever since.

Talking to Inside Games at the start of the month, president of PlatinumGames Kenichi Sato has stated that they’ll be going all-out and starting early on this year. As translated by Siliconera, Sato said: 

“I believe we’ll have several big announcements to deliver early in the new year,” continuing by saying “As a game studio representing Japan [where the Olympic Games will take place in 2020], this year we here at PlatinumGames are looking to go all-out.”

Bayonetta 3 will be a Nintendo Switch exclusive title when its release date finally comes around. For many players, the quality and new, invigorated appeal of PlatinumGames showcased in Astral Chain makes Bayonetta 3 one of the most exciting upcoming games of 2020. 

When will the Bayonetta 3 release date be announced? 

With a new year comes a new Nintendo Direct – at some point. Nintendo fans all over the world have been trying to glean a hint at when the first major Direct will take place, but the order of Nintendo video announcements has been rather varied through the early stages of the last three years. 

A 27 December 2018 Indie World video was followed by a 23 January 2019 Indie Highlights reel. Then, on 13 February came the long-awaited Nintendo Direct, during which many games were announced. The Pokémon Direct for Pokémon Sword and Shield followed on 27 February.

Nintendo has a lot to potentially cover in their next Direct, including Darksiders Genesis, Devil May Cry 3, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and the final Fighters Pass DLC character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. 

The most recent action that fans of the Bayonetta series have been able to enjoy has been in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, with Bayonetta ranking as strong tier character. Presenting the new Smash Bros. fighter while battling Bayonetta in the intro video could make for a nice segue into a Bayonetta 3 release date unveil afterwards. 

That said, Bayonetta 3 is a huge upcoming game, and likely wouldn’t be released around the same time as Animal Crossing: New Horizons (20 March). So, the action-adventure title could be given its own Direct, akin to the 27 February 2019 showing of the new Pokémon games. 

Of course, Nintendo loves to throw out surprises. But considering the comments from PlatinumGames’ president, Bayonetta 3 could well feature in one of Nintendo’s early year video showcases of 2020.


Ben Chopping

Will give almost any game a chance, particularly those that include wildlife, monsters, or prehistoric creatures of any kind.

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