In a small glimmer of hope for the future, PlatinumGames has confirmed Bayonetta 3 has not been canceled.
Game director Hideki Kamiya confirmed as much in a recent interview with VGC. In response to the notion that he’s bored of being asked about Bayonetta 3, he says, “I’m on Twitter so I see a lot of comments every day. I’m happy that there’s still anticipation for the title, but one thing I would like to address is the trend I’m seeing which is people who are starting to ask if the game has been canceled. I want you guys to take any concerns you have like that and throw them out the window immediately because we’re still hard at work on it and it hasn’t been canceled by any means. Please look forward to it!”
Studio head Atsushi Inaba also specifically mentioned Bayonetta when asked about his involvement with the new PlatinumGames Tokyo studio’s plans to make live-service games. On this, he states, “Unfortunately, I don’t think we can go into specifics on which staff are going to be working on which projects at the moment. What I can say is that we’re still interested in developing titles in the Bayonetta style, where we put it into a package and release it, but we’re also interested in those live ops experiences where there isn’t really an ending to the game. We’re interested in developing for both of those styles. One of the needs that led to the creation of this studio came from us trying to power up our development strength in that area.”
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Bayonetta 3‘s missing-in-action status has become a popular meme among fans. When Hideki Kamiya revealed that he was attending The 2019 Game Awards, fans eagerly clamored over the possibility that Bayonetta 3 was going to make its return.
— Nibel (@Nibellion) December 12, 2019
All we truly know of it is that Bayonetta 3 is being developed for the Nintendo Switch and that Bayonetta “is back,” which was said three years ago in the caption for the game’s first and only teaser trailer. That trailer was unveiled at The Game Awards in 2017, so fans who tuned in last year were understandably disappointed when their hopes weren’t met.
— RIOT HYLIΔ🏳️🌈 @ 🤪 (@faeriefountain) December 13, 2019
The lack of any news on the highly-anticipated sequel has led fans to think it’s been canceled in the last few years, which is why Kamiya and Inaba have come forward several times to explicitly quell their fears. Earlier this year, Inaba told Gematsu regarding Bayonetta 3, “(Laughs.) There’s nothing to worry about at all. There’s nothing to worry about. Things are going very well. Really, there’s nothing to worry about.”
reminder that this will be 100% relevant if we don’t get any bayo news by march 3rd pic.twitter.com/0f0D3tAVup
— Super 💫 (@SuperDaStar) February 12, 2020
While it’s relieving to get official confirmation (once again) that the game is still in development, it’s about time fans get another glimpse at the title. Let’s hope we’ll see the Umbran Witch again sometime soon, especially with all the excitement the next few months will generate for video games.