Bayonetta 3 (ベヨネッタ3) is an upcoming action video game in development by PlatinumGames, and published by Nintendo, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. It is the third entry in the Bayonetta series, following Bayonetta 2 in 2014, and is currently in development with no target release date.
Prior to the game's official announcement in 2017, in July 2013, a fan asked Hideki Kamiya on Twitter in that in the event that Bayonetta 2 is a success, if there would be a third game. Kamiya responded by saying "I hope so." Yusuke Hashimoto, director of Bayonetta 2, was asked during a brief interview by magazine GamesMaster what game sequels he'd like to work on, saying it would be Bayonetta 3, mentioning that he already had "all kinds of ideas" in mind for "even more" sequels and a spin-off title. When asked by another fan about what other hairstyles Jeanne would look good in, Kamiya responded with "The answer will be in Bayo 3."
Bayonetta 3 was officially announced by Nintendo during The Game Awards 2017 presentation on December 7, 2017 with a teaser trailer, along with Nintendo Switch ports of the first two Bayonetta games.
In April 2018, PlatinumGames studio head Atsushi Inaba told Eurogamer at Reboot Develop 2018 that the game would represent a "turning point" for the company, and mentioned that the game would be a "linear core progression action game" as its predecessors.
During the Nintendo Direct that aired February 13, 2019, a new game developed by PlatinumGames exclusive to Nintendo Switch, Astral Chain, was revealed. After the reveal trailer, Yoshiaki Koizumi, general producer of Nintendo Switch hardware, gave a small update on the development of Bayonetta 3, saying the developers are "hard at work" on the title.
Inaba was interviewed by Video Games Chronicle in May 2019 and remarked that with the game, PlatinumGames is trying to move from an "orthodox development process", hinting that the process changes would be noticed by players during gameplay, saying "Maybe the players will recognize this as well. And that's all the hints you get!" Inaba told the publication in June 2019 during the E3 show, that the game's development was "going quite well."
The first trailer for Bayonetta 3 was revealed during The Game Awards 2017 on December 7th, 2017 and parallels many elements from the teasers for previous games of the series.
The trailer begins with a shot of the moon imagery of the series before a wash of blood red changes the color. One of Bayonetta's ribbons floats through the air towards the screen before it rips itself into two. The scene then changes to show Bayonetta herself, sporting her look from the original Bayonetta, struggling to defend against an attack by an unseen force and bleeding from around her face. As she is knocked back, she retaliates and fires a barrage of bullets at her enemy, but before the shots can reach their target, they are frozen in mid-air and diced apart by a strange electrical energy as a glowing silhouette of a figure appears in the distance. The figure rushes forward and appears to split in two.
Bayonetta lands on her feet with the camera between her boots in a sea of bullet casings, the figure materializing in front of her before fading away on the wind. Bayonetta's legs then appear to fall in different directions, implying she has been bisected, and her guns bounce off the ground to form the Umbran seal which then cracks to form the number "3".
- Though Bayonetta's guns in the teaser trailer resemble Scarborough Fair in their overall design, the inscription on the guns reads "Whittingham Fair", the name of a ballad that is related to the original ballad for Scarborough Fair. The rest of the weapon inscriptions that describe the four herbs in the ballad remain unchanged.
- Bayonetta herself also has a few aspects about her look that differ from her original design. She doesn't wear any earrings and the sleeves of hair from her suit do not have any medallions or chains on them. The beauty mark she usually has near her lower lip is also missing and she only wears one ribbon in her hair, possibly explaining the one seen to tear itself apart at the beginning of the trailer.
- The announcement trailer for Bayonetta 3 at The Game Awards 2017 was structured similarly to the E3 2017 "First Look" trailer of Metroid Prime 4, another upcoming Nintendo Switch game with no confirmed released date, in that no footage was shown, only stating that the game was "now in development".