Platinum Games Confirms Bayonetta 3 Development Still Progressing Smoothly
Well folks, here we are at the end of December. It's a good time to take a look back at the awful year of 2020, but it's equally important to look forward to 2021 and all the things that might come of it. Nobody gets that quite like the Japanese publication Famitsu; at the end of every year, they do mini-interviews with acclaimed Japanese developers and studios, asking them what their goals are for the upcoming new year. It's always a fun roundup, and usually clues in some hints for what to expect on projects we may not have heard about in quite some time. That rings especially true for Bayonetta 3, the next entry in Platinum Games' hit character action series.
You see, the game was officially revealed by a very vague teaser trailer during the Game Awards 2017, unveiled by ex-Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé. We've seen or heard nothing on the title since that time, aside from a mention during a Nintendo Direct in 2019 that it's still being worked on. The whole silence surrounding it has led some to believe the game has been cancelled, but thankfully, that's not the case. Included in Famitsu's 2020 interviews was Platinum Games co-founder Hideki Kamiya, who had some comments to say concerning Bayonetta 3. "First off, many people are worried about Bayonetta 3 considering there hasn't been any new information since its announcement," Kamiya explained, "but verifications of new systems have been going great and development is going very well, so please wait with peace of mind." Phew, we can rest easy! Amusingly, this statement mirrors the aforementioned 2019 statement, which Kamiya acknowledges in the interview.
Bayonetta 3 isn't the only game Platinum has in the works. The studio has been very busy juggling some other projects as well, such as the cryptic Babylon's Fall (which currently also only has one teaser trailer). Kamiya mentions further in the interview that Project G.G. (a temporary title) has "finally started moving", implying development has begun in earnest. Project G.G. is a mysterious new title by Platinum Games that got unveiled by way of a cinematic trailer earlier this year, showing a very post-apocalyptic looking city and a very cute dog. Kamiya is helming the project, and the 'G.G.' in the title refers to the term 'Go-Go', a phrase often uttered in the game, Viewtiful Joe. Kamiya was also responsible for creating that game. Coincidence? I think not!
The whole round of Famitsu interviews contains a lot of interesting information, so definitely give them a read if you're interested (by way of a translation from Gematsu). From Danganronpa's creator to the upcoming Final Fantasy XVI, there's a lot to anticipate here. Bayonetta 3, meanwhile, feels like it's at a bursting point. With the game being revealed in 2017, this would mean it's approaching the four year mark in its development cycle. With Platinum Games being so quiet about it, it seems like it's only a matter of time before they give it a full reveal complete with gameplay and maybe even a release date. Considering the timing, it's probably the closest to finishing in comparison to Babylon's Fall and Project G.G. Platinum Fans won't be bored any time soon, and as the company itself says: "Platinum never loses its luster."