So you thought PlatinumGames’s Bayonetta franchise was the pinnacle of action game madness? You haven’t seen anything yet. The devs are cooking up something else, unlike anything the genre has ever seen before.
The Bayonetta games, for the uninitiated, tell the macabre story of the eponymous witch. She is a survivor of the Umbra Witches, who fought a great battle against the Lumen Sages to maintain balance in the world. Awakening many years after a certain ‘event’ with amnesia (because that’s always a thing), she’s on a quest to piece together what happened, mostly by pummelling a whole range of angelic enemies in their squishy bits.
A Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 double pack released exclusively for Nintendo Switch this past February, and a third in the trilogy is also confirmed to be in the works (and also Switch-only). No release date has been announced for Bayonetta 3 yet, but fans can be assured of the same brilliantly OTT, combo-driven, high-octane action that the first two titles delivered.
These things are, after all, PlatinumGames’s hallmarks. If you’ve played Vanquish or the beautifully manic Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, you’ll know that all too well. If you’re a fan of the company’s previous work, you’ll be wondering just where in heckola they can go from there.
Well, here’s your answer. They’re going to “turn the action genre on its head,” that’s what they’re going to do.
At a Bitsummit panel in Kyoto last week, Platinum’s Hideki Kamiya and Atsushi Inaba dropped some interesting insight about the studio’s work and upcoming projects. Switch owners may be glad to hear that there were rumblings of the team gauging support for a possible Wonderful 101 port for Switch. They’re looking to the future elsewhere too, with Kamiya-san hard at work on the aforementioned Bayonetta 3.
Most tellingly, though, they mentioned that they’ve got several other projects lined up, including, as Dual Shockers reports, “an unannounced title that is probably going to be something new and innovative that people have never seen before,” which Platinum promises will “turn the action genre on its head.”
Nothing else in known about this title, beyond that cryptic hint, but one thing’s for sure: this is one to keep an eye on. Considering some of the brilliant, bizarre things that PlatinumGames have already done to the action genre, you won’t want to miss what happens when they dial it up to eleven.