8-Bit Bayonetta, formerly known as Angel Land, is an inaccurately-named, 16-bit-style action/shooter game for web browsers, based on the Bayonetta franchise. It can be downloaded at steam://install/567090 if Steam is installed.
The game features simplistic gameplay that uses one key for jumping and one for attack. Bayonetta, as the player character, stands at the left side of the screen while ground and aerial enemies slowly move towards her. Bayonetta cannot move, and the objective is to kill as many enemies as possible before they reach her. The score that players receive can be shared on Twitter.
On March 31st, 2017 Angel Land was uploaded to Steam by PlatinumGames, which players can not download for free to play anymore since it was taken off Steam a few days after it's initial release.
Angel Land was initially announced on Platinum's BAYO Blog in 2010. It announced the decision to expand the Bayonetta series into 2D with a new game produced by Yusuke Hashimoto and directed by Hideki Kamiya. A video on the official Platinum YouTube channel showed a retro platformer game featuring Bayonetta fighting enemies, complete with features such as Witch Time. The blog post stated the game would be published by SEGA before finally confirming that it was an April Fools' joke.
On February 2nd, 2015, Platinum employee JP Kellams tweeted that the studio had produced a new game, posting the URL leading to the 404 page on the Platinum website which contained the 'new' version of Angel Land.
On March 31st, 2017, the game was released on Steam, as an April Fools joke. This was the first Bayonetta released on the Steam platform. A few days after the release, the game was removed from Steam.
- The URL for Angel Land, originally posted by Kellams, includes the keyword taipei. This is assumed to be a joke about the Taipei Games Show 2015, where a sequel to Metal Gear Rising: Revengence, another game by Platinum Games, was supposedly teased. With the page leading to a 404 error, it is not clear if Kellams was poking fun at the false rumor or if he was further teasing the existence of the game.
- In Bayonetta 2, one of the intros when entering The Gates of Hell has Rodin playing a "crazy game" off-screen, during the cutscene the soundtrack used in 8-bit Bayonetta is being played, as well as its sound effects.
- Despite having "8-bit" in the title, 8-bit Bayonetta would not be able to run on any popular-known 8-bit processors and, therefore, closely resembles 16-bit games such as Super Mario World. The name is likely referencing how 8-bit is a synonym for "retro" in much the same way people typically say band-aid when they refer to an adhesive bandage.