Bayonetta is a hack and slash action video game developed by PlatinumGames and published by Sega. The game was originally released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in Japan in October 2009, and in North America and Europe in January 2010. The game was later released on Wii U along with its sequel, Bayonetta 2, which was released. in September 2014 in Japan and worldwide the following month: The two games were later released worldwide on Nintendo Switch in February 2018. An enhanced port for Windows with 4K support was released in April 2017. A remastered version of Bayonetta, as well as another PlatinumGames title, Vanquish, was released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on February 18, 2020, as part of a compilation to celebrate the game’s 10th anniversary.
Bayonetta takes place in Vigrid, a fictional city in Europe. The game stars the eponymous character, a witch who is capable of shapeshifting and using various firearms. She possesses magical attacks and can use her hair to summon demons to dispatch her enemies. The game features a ranking system, which gives players a rating based on their performance, and a combat system similar to the Devil May Cry series.
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The development of the game began in January 2007, with Hideki Kamiya the director of the game. According to Kamiya, the game was completely original, although it was inspired by Scandinavian mythology and played Devil May Cry 4 for reference. The theme of the game is “sensuality” and “partial nudity” and that the characters were designed to be “fashionable”. Kamiya and artist Mari Shimazaki spent over a year creating the Bayonetta design. Several demos of the game were released prior to its release. Bayonetta was the third project launched by PlatinumGames, which was founded by former Clover Studio employees.
Upon its release, the game received generally positive reviews. The game was praised for its combat, presentation, and soundtrack, but drew criticism for its story and quick events. Bayonetta was nominated for and won several year-end awards, and had sold over a million units worldwide in 2010. An anime film adaptation of Gonzo’s game titled Bayonetta: Bloody Fate, was released in Japan in November. 2013. A third game, Bayonetta 3, is in development for the Switch.