It has been over four long years since Bayonetta 3 was first announced at the 2017 Game Awards. Most of those years were spent in total silence that was only broken last September when Nintendo finally showed us some actual gameplay during its fall Direct presentation. More silence ensued, although we were promised to see Bayonetta 3 sometime in 2022. Now we might finally be moments away from an actual release date.
As noted by the Gaming Leaks & Rumors subreddit, Bayonetta 3 has appeared on the Nintendo Store’s front page for the first time. The game has been available for pre-order through Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart since last September’s gameplay trailer, but this is the first time Nintendo has listed the game prominently on its digital storefront. Pre-orders through Nintendo’s store are still not available, but that might be about to change.
Summer Game Fest begins today and host Geoff Keighley has stated that we’re mostly going to have news on already announced games. Neither Nintendo nor developer PlatinumGames are listed as Summer Game Fest partners, however, so it seems more likely that Nintendo will announce another Direct presentation later this month. Hopefully after Summer Game Fest, which will host new digital presentations from now until June 13.
According to director Yusuke Miyata and executive director Hideki Kamiya, Bayonetta 3 is in the "home stretch of development," a comment made soon after the gameplay trailer released last September. Kamiya apologized for the long way, writing in a blog post that it will be a relief to finally have Bayonetta 3 in the hands of eager fans.
"We really, really kept you waiting," wrote Kamiya. "Now we’ve finally been able to show the fruits of our labors and the team can finally breathe a sigh of relief, and we’ll be able to concentrate even harder on our work. It’s been a long four years for us too."
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