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Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon (ベヨネッタ オリジンズ: セレッサと迷子の悪魔) is an action-adventure video game developed by PlatinumGames and published by Nintendo, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. It is a spin-off entry in the Bayonetta series following Bayonetta 3, serving as a prequel to the series based on the third game's unlockable secret chapter. It was released on March 17, 2023.[1]

Gameplay[]

Unlike the other titles of the series, Bayonetta Origins is more of an action-adventure video game that is split between the two main protagonists: Cereza and Cheshire, a demon that has possessed her stuffed toy. Both characters are controlled simultaneously, with Cereza being controlled with the left Joy-Con while Cheshire is controlled with the right Joy-Con. The latter has two modes: Unleashed Mode and Hug Mode, The player is required to use both characters in conjunction to fight of enemies and solve puzzles in the following ways:

  • Cereza can use a special magic ability called Witch Pulse, which allows her to interact with the environment in many ways, ranging from creating makeshift bridges and growing herbs to much more stuff, such as helping to bloom plants from Inferno. In combat, Cereza can use a spell called Thorn Bind, in which she can summon red and black-colored magical, thorny vines to trap enemies for a short duration of time. However, Thorn Bind costs one of her magic guages and she must wait for them to refill to cast Thorn Bind again. The magic brace that was given by Morgana can also dispel illusions from the Faeries to reveal things she didn't see in the first place.
    • In later points of the game, Cereza can utilize her hair to use Restoration Magic, allowing her to repair broken platforms to their original state for a short time.
  • Cheshire acts as the offense by attacking with his razor-sharp claws and counter ranged attacks in Unleashed Mode. Although he cannot die in combat, he might run out of magic and revert to his plush form. Cereza must hug him in Hug Mode to replenish his magic.
    • After destroying the four elemental cores hidden in Avalon Forest, Cheshire can use various elemental abilities to great advantage. Wood Cheshire can extend his vine-like tongue to grapple hooks and flying enemies, Stone Cheshire can stomp on the ground creating a minor earthquake capable of stunning enemies, Water Cheshire can fire a powerful torrent of water from his mouth to put out fires, and Fire Cheshire can spit out fireballs that can even melt ice.
      • At some points near the climax of the game, Cheshire can become Unbound Cheshire, allowing him to perform any of the elemental attacks, albeit being stronger than ever.

Development[]

Bayonetta Origins was first hinted at in Bayonetta 3 through the Old Picture Book. When the book is unlocked, players are taken into a playable teaser for the game, showing a Cereza variant exploring Avalon Forest and confronting mysterious faerie enemies. The costume that Cereza wears can also be unlocked for Bayonetta to wear in the full game.

The game itself was confirmed on December 8, 2022, during The Game Awards 2022.

Synopsis[]

Long before this trainee of the dark arts would come to be called Bayonetta, she took a fateful journey into the forbidden Avalon Forest. Alongside her was Cheshire, her very first demon, possessing Cereza's stuffed toy. Play as both Cereza and Cheshire and search through the treacherous forest to look for the power to save Cereza's mother. ― Plot synopsis[2]

Once upon a time, there was a young girl who dreamed of becoming an elegant witch. She carried a stuffed toy possessed by a lost demon. The two of them ventured through a forbidden forest—one searching for a way to save her mother, the other to find a way home...

In Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon players control Cereza, a young witch in training, and her demonic companion Cheshire as they venture into a mysterious forest. In this action-adventure game, the pair work together to defeat crafty foes as they traverse a fairytale world brought to life with the lush, painterly colors of a picture book.

Cereza is destined to grow up to become the most formidable fighter our world has ever seen. But before becoming a powerful witch, she was once a young girl—reserved and a little bit of a scaredy-cat. This game tells the tale of Cereza's adventure with the very first demon she ever summoned. What sinister surprises await them in the forest?

Cereza uses magic, and Cheshire his demonic strength. Alone, both would be lost, but together they can survive anything the forest throws at them.

This is the first page of Cereza's story.

Are you taking your very first steps into the realm of Bayonetta? A brand-new world awaits you here.

Are you perhaps instead more experienced with the Bayonetta series? There may be some welcome surprises awaiting you too...

Discover the origin of a legend.

Trailers[]

First Trailer[]

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Bayonetta Origins- Cereza and the Lost Demon — Announcement Trailer — Nintendo Switch

The reveal trailer begins with scenes from Bayonetta 3 set to a music box rendition of "Theme of Bayonetta 3 - Al Fine" before eventually stopping and fading to a sepia tone. Pages of a book are then seen flipping backwards, showcasing scenes of Bayonetta 2 and Bayonetta before eventually showing several blank pages. It stops on one single page, which then shows the title: Bayonetta Origins.

Gameplay is then shown, with a woman's voice warning Cereza not to enter the forest, lest she become a snack for the faeries that live there. Cereza asks how the forest could ever be scary. Soon, Cereza runs into several faerie enemies, with the game revealing that Cheshire will assist her in combat. It is also shown that Cereza's goal is to save her beloved mother, Rosa. An elderly voice is heard telling Cereza to go to Avalon Forest where a white wolf will guide her, and promising to lend Cereza the power to save her mother.

After the title appears, the trailer ends with a scene of Cereza feeding Cheshire.

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Trivia[]

  • Unlike previous games in the series, Bayonetta Origins has an action-adventure gameplay in a departure from the series' hack-and-slash combat system.
  • The game introduces new enemies, faeries, and a new location, Avalon Forest, all of these previously alluded to in Lukaon's entry in Bayonetta 3.
  • This is the first entry in the Bayonetta series to ever receive a "T" rating, rather than the usual "M" rating it is known for having.
  • Cereza's health is represented by small cherry blossoms, an allusion to her name.

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