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Bayonetta 3 is the third game in the Bayonetta series, developed by PlatinumGames for the Nintendo Switch. As with Bayonetta 2, Nintendo funded the development and will serve as publisher, while franchise owner Sega is involved in an advisory role. The game is scheduled for a 2022 release.

The game was announced during the Game Awards in December 2017, with a brief teaser trailer that followed the announcement of the prior two games being ported to the Switch. Nintendo and PlatinumGames would then remain quiet about the status of the game until the release of its first gameplay trailer in September 2021.


The game provides examples of:

  • Aside Glance: In the gameplay trailer, after her first lines that lean heavily on the fourth wall, Bayonetta then outright breaks it by giving a subtle look directly at the camera before winking.
  • Bad Moon Rising: The regular blue-gray Bayonetta moon is shaded into a blood moon at the teaser's beginning, as well as the end of the gameplay trailer, not quite matching the hue used for the Bayonetta 2 moon during battles with demons.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: While Phantasmaraneae was already a Mix And Match Critter, being mostly spider-like while also possessing crab claws, the first gameplay trailer shows it being able to sprout a scorpion stinger from its abdomen, much like the Devil May Cry boss that it's an Expy of.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The gameplay trailer features some Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) soldiers trying to face some monsters (and failing miserably), and all of them speak in full proper Japanese. This isn't a case of a Japanese language track being used, as Bayonetta speaks full English from the moment she appears, though it does provide a convenient Bait-and-Switch.
  • The Cameo: Lappy appears in the gameplay trailer, briefly attempting to take down a giant monster.
  • Company Cameo: The 2021 gameplay reveal trailer has a billboard reading "Platinum" on the right at the beginning. This appeared before Bayonetta herself did, allowing eagle-eyed viewers to figure out what game was being shown a few minutes early.
  • Continuity Nod: When Bayonetta shows up in the gameplay trailer and gets a face close-up, it's quite clear that her hairstyle change this time gives her Ojou Ringlets that look very similar to the Girlish Pigtails on Cereza who is already her past self.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: In stark comparison to the catsuits she wore in the previous two games, Bayonetta's outfit in the gameplay trailer is very frilly, complete with poofy sleeves, a skirt and a big bow; and her hair is styled into Ojou Ringlets.
  • Fog of Doom: The fight in the teaser trailer takes place in a slippery, foggy void.
  • Fusion Dance: The Demon Masquerade mechanic — shown off throughout the Gameplay Trailer — allows Bayonetta to temporarily merge with her Infernal Demons to amplify her powers.
  • Invisible to Normals: Averted. In the previous games, fights happen in Purgatorio, and while environmental damage there is visible in the real world, all combatants involved cannot be seen by normal humans. In the gameplay trailer, the normal human military is clearly able to see the supernatural enemies.
  • Jiggle Physics: The new Giant Mook seen in the gameplay trailer has a prominent pot belly that jiggles with every hit.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Bayonetta's first words in the Gameplay Trailer, released a full four years after the initial reveal trailer, are "It seems I'm unfashionably late. But I'm ready to give you everything you want."
  • Merger of Souls: A new enemy faction is introduced in the gameplay trailer that appears to be an amalgamation of many souls together. One appears through a horde of souls amassing together before melding into one shape, with the texture on unarmored body parts showing human silhouettes.
  • Militaries Are Useless: JGSDF forces shown in the gameplay trailer completely fail to even scratch the monsters with their normal bullets and get utterly slaughtered, showing that even with military training and weapons, humans simply can't face supernatural entities without the use of supernatural powers or weapons, which is shown very well by how Bayonetta makes short work of them with her superhuman body, magical guns, and Summon Magic.
  • Motifs: Between Bayonetta's hair ribbon, the villain's attack, Bayonetta herself, and the Bayonetta 3 logo, the teaser trailer's central motif is "splitting."
  • Musical Theme Naming: Following the first game's Scarborough Fair and the second's Love Is Blue (complete with each gun being named after musical terms), Bayonetta's new triple-barreled guns shown in the gameplay traailer, Colour My World, take their name after a song by Petula Clark.
  • Mythology Gag: The gameplay reveal trailer has a couple to Hideki Kamiya's other projects.
    • The Shibuya "109" sign is now "101", and the word "Wonder" can be seen underneath it.
    • Parts of the trailer are meant to invoke the upcoming Project GG (the dog, the ruined city, the presence of Kaiju). Kamiya himself confirmed this on Twitter.
  • Off-Model: The beauty mark on Bayonetta's face is missing in the announcement teaser.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: You won't see a shred of Bayonetta's usual confidence and sass in the teaser, where her expressions during the Witch Time barrage show she knows she isn't going to win.
  • Purple Is the New Black:
    • An attack in the gameplay trailer, possibly Bayonetta's, has a purple-and-black motion trail palette with similar detailing to the Scarborough Fair and Love is Blue palettes.
  • Summon Magic: After being limited to Finishing Moves and weapon-tied temporary Assist Characters in the previous two games, the gameplay trailer shows Infernal Demons acting as fully combat-capable parts of Bayonetta's arsenal through the Demon Slave ability, which involves summoning one of at least three demons (Gomorrah, Malphas, and Phantasmaraneae) and controlling them as a partial Puppet Fighter by commanding them to attack foes, each one having unique abilities for different combat situations.
  • Trailer Spoof: The appearance of Lappy in the September 2021 trailer made it seem that this is a sequel to Astral Chain, but then a Bullet Time takes effect and Bayo’s silhouette appears.