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Bayonetta 3 release date, trailer, gameplay and more

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Bayonetta 3 was first announced in 2017 and it's still not out yet. Fans continue to eagerly await the next chapter in the umbra witch's adventures. And after years of small trickles of information, Platinum Games has finally graced fans with a new trailer and release window. 

Bayonetta 3 is set to launch sometime in 2022. Beyond that, we don't know exactly when. The game will exclusively release on Nintendo Switch. From the first gameplay footage, the graphics look a little dated, but the game still runs at 60fps. 

Below is everything we know so far about Bayonetta 3.

Bayonetta 3 release date

Bayonetta has a release date for sometime in 2022. Beyond that, we have no exact time frame. But the game does seem to be progressing well. The game will exclusively come to Nintendo Switch. Although, considering the game has a darker color pallete, blacks would likely look much better on the Switch OLED

Bayonetta 3 screenshots

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Grey DeLisle-Griffin, who played Jeanne in the first two games, tweeted that the game hasn't started recording voicework yet, as far as she's aware. That was back in 2020. 

Bayonetta 3 trailer

There have been two trailers released for Bayonetta 3 so far. The most recent one, which was unveiled during the Nintendo Direct Event in September, features gameplay and shows off Bayonetta's new hairstyle and outfit. 

The first trailer, embedded below, was revealed at The Game Awards in 2017. 

In it, we see Bayonetta’s ribbon drift down past a blood-red moon, as the protagonist herself gets slammed with a round of attacks from a fiery purple foe. She fires back with two new guns, collapses from the onslaught and — well, that’s about it.

The trailer isn’t really supposed to give us a deep dive into the story or gameplay, just let us know that the game is in the works. In that respect, it gets the job done.

Bayonetta 3 screenshots

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Bayonetta 3 gameplay

Based on the most recent trailer for Bayonetta 3, the gameplay looks similar to the first two games. That means a lot of action while baring a lot of skin. The game continues its over-the-top tradition of Bayonetta making increasingly wacky monsters out of her hair, including a giant dragon and spider. 

Expect Bayonetta to juggle foes while using both melee attacks and guns. (The new guns she wields in the trailer are called “Whittingham Fair,” not dissimilar from the “Scarborough Fair” guns in the previous games.)

Bayonetta 3 screenshots

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There’ll probably be new vehicle sections, animal transformations and Torture Attacks, many of which would require Freud’s entire canon to parse. Bayonetta 2 refined Bayonetta’s gameplay rather than reinventing it, and we expect the third game to follow a similar pattern.

Marshall Honorof

Marshall Honorof is a senior editor for Tom's Guide, overseeing the site's coverage of gaming hardware and software. He comes from a science writing background, having studied paleomammalogy, biological anthropology, and the history of science and technology. After hours, you can find him practicing taekwondo or doing deep dives on classic sci-fi.