Bayonetta 2 (ベヨネッタ2) is an upcoming action game developed by Platinum Games exclusively for the Wii U console and is scheduled for release sometime in 2014. It is the sequel to Bayonetta. Hideki Kamiya, the director of the previous game, is staying on as a supervisor while Yusuke Hashimoto takes the role of director.
Though the specific details of the game's story have not been revealed, recent trailers have explained a general overview of events.
In an unknown modern city whilst fulfilling their obligations to Inferno, Bayonetta and Jeanne are thrown into danger when something goes wrong with a demon summoning. The demonic dragon Gomorrah escapes, attacking Jeanne and causing her soul to be dragged down to Inferno. Despite being able to fight back against the demon, Bayonetta is left with her friend trapped in the depths of Hell.
Enzo provides information on a sacred mountain called Fimbulventr. It is said that the mountain is the only place on Earth that connects the human realm to both Inferno and Paradiso. He also mentions that a portal to Inferno, the very gates of hell, is hidden there and it has so far never been discovered. Bayonetta travels to the mountain to find a way to rescue Jeanne from her fate.
On her travels, Bayonetta clashes with a surviving Lumen Sage who is hunting her down to rid the world of the Umbra Witches forever. She also meets a mysterious boy in Purgatorio, who expresses his surprise that she can see and interact with him. The boy is hounded by angels who seem to hold him in some high regard for some unknown reason. The boy claims that in order to get into Fimbulventr, Bayonetta will need his powers and offers a deal to get her inside.
There are also hints that the Eyes of the World will continue to play a part. Luka, acting as the narrator in the February 2014 trailer, explains that Jubileus was not really the true creator that rules over the human realm. Instead, he claims that the Eyes were given to humans by a being known as The Overseer, who is a self proclaimed god of chaos. In the latest demo shown at E3 2014, the angel Valiance also continues to make reference to the Eyes of the World when he realizes who Bayonetta is.
Shortly after the release of the first Bayonetta, Kamiya and Hashimoto discussed potential ideas for a sequel or spin off. The original concept for Bayonetta 2 was soon pitched to original publisher Sega, but financial difficulties forced them to reject the title's development. When Platinum Games partnered with Nintendo for a new project, The Wonderful 101, Nintendo decided to finance a resurrected Bayonetta 2 and came on as publisher. Sega will be, however, serving as an adviser in the game's development.
According to an article and video from PlayerEssence.com, development of Bayonetta 2 had only just entered a higher state once development of The Wonderful 101 had completed. The E3 2013 footage and demo were all in an alpha or pre-alpha state, because Platinum was still busy with The Wonderful 101 at the time.
The original trailer for Bayonetta 2 was first showcased in the Nintendo Direct of September 13th, 2012, and parallels many of the elements from the first Bayonetta teaser.
The moon, which had been full in the first game trailer, is now stylized crescent and the two feathers that meander through the air are now black instead of white. The female figure, Bayonetta, first fires a volley of bullets towards her foe, a cloaked figure of currently ambiguous gender, who is wielding a large golden double-bladed glaive/naginata-like weapon. The figure is able to cut the bullets side using an ability similar to the Lumen Sage's Light Speed before the two collide. Bayonetta lands her foot on the ground as the figure lands themselves some distance away before the logo is revealed.
Bayonetta sports a new suit design around her legs, a silver figurine that seems to make up the heel of her boot. She also has a set of brand new blue guns. The fact that her face was not shown in this teaser coupled with the angelic symbols on the design led some to believe this was a new character at first.
The cloaked figure in the teaser is generally assumed to be a Lumen Sage or at least affiliated with them in some way due to using what's likely to be Light Speed, the same ability Father Balder is seen using in the first game (the same effect is used in both scenes). The figure also wields a golden weapon similar in style to an angelic weapon. Little to nothing about this figure is known, with even his or her gender is a widely debated topic.
On 23rd January 2013, Nintendo published another trailer for Bayonetta 2, showing glimpses of behind-the-scenes footage, concept art and animations in progress (including brief glimpses of Bayonetta's new model). The development team mentioned how the game is going to be much bigger than the first, with a much larger number of locations/levels to play through, brand new angelic enemies and brief glimpses of brand new weapons. They also claimed that the game would have a different feel and liken the scale of combat to feel as though you're fighting a battle on par with Jubileus from the very beginning. The end of the trailer featured a walking animation and a soundbyte of one of Bayonetta's taunts, implying that Hellena Taylor will be returning to play the role. The trailer also featured a brief glimpse of a roaring demon, who was assumed to be Gomorrah, showing the return of other Infernal Demons in the game as well.
Nintendo Direct June 2013 TrailerEditAs part of Nintendo's pre-E3 Nintendo Direct stream on June 11th, a brand new trailer for Bayonetta 2 was shown for the first time. It revealed Bayonetta's new design, more of her mysterious masked rival, and a short flash confirming the return of Rodin.
The trailer consists of a fight between The Masked Lumen Sage and Bayonetta. After revealing he is standing on floating debris from a clock tower, the Sage slices through brickwork to reveal Bayonetta. She promptly fires her new guns and avoids a quick jab, jumping backwards on other pieces of a wreckage before launching another kick. With a sensual twirl, she fires from her boots as the Sage manages to dodge the bullets. Bayonetta displays some Wicked Weave moves, destroying the floating debris around her before the Sage strikes back. Thanks to Witch Time, she is able to retaliate before the Sage uses Light Speed to catch her ammo in mid-flight. After spinning away, Bayonetta and the Sage collide by their boots before the ensuing impact knocks them back once more. The Sage surprisingly summons Fortitudo, thought to be dead, and Bayonetta summons a new demon of her own. As they clash, the trailer ends with a glimpse of a mysterious hooded youth wearing large goggles and angular golden chains around his wrists and neck.
E3 2013 TrailerEdit
At E3 2013, a variant of the new trailer for Bayonetta 2 was shown. It features footage from the original fight trailer, as well a glimpse of Jeanne's new looks, which feature much longer hair and a new outfit that looks similar to a red biker suit, and actual gameplay footage. The gameplay was taken from the playable demo of the game that was featured at E3, which showcases a new Angel enemy and some of Bayonetta's new abilities and weapons.
The gameplay confirmed the return of many of Bayonetta's iconic game mechanics; Wicked Weaves, Witch Time, Torture Attacks, and using demons for Climax attacks to finish off larger enemies. All of these appear to work very similarly to the first Bayonetta's gameplay. Bayonetta's four new guns appear to function very similarly to the Scarborough Fair in terms of the button input, but the combo animations have been completely re-done. Two more new weapons can also be seen: A pair of short rapier-like swords and vine-like whips that equip to her feet. In addition, a new mechanic called Umbran Climax was shown off for the first time. When her magic gauge is full, Bayonetta can activate this ability which puts her into Serious Mode. This allows all of her attacks for a short time to summon unique Wicked Weaves, such as Madama Butterfly's torso and head, huge plant-like whips for the new feet-based whips, and white spectral blades for her two swords. Other Wicked Weaves also appear to summon Infernal Demons for a brief moments in this mode.
Near the end of the trailer, Bayonetta summons Gomorrah but something goes wrong, and the now fully-formed demon breaks free of her hair. The demon attacks Bayonetta from behind, forcing Jeanne to tackle her out of the way. Jeanne has her soul knocked from her body and then quickly dragged to Inferno.
The remainder of the trailer shows Bayonetta fighting Gomorrah as he climbs up the side of a building and flies through the air. She summons what appear to be Malphas' wings to fly, forming them out of her hair from her back, similar to how she summons demons normally. Upon defeating Gormorrah, she appears to summon a new demon to finish him off.
The trailer closes with Bayonetta and the masked character flying towards each other in attack from the Nintendo Direct trailer. After the title splash, the mysterious hooded youth is shown again.
E3 2013 DemoEdit
The demo for Bayonetta 2 that was featured at E3 2013 is composed of 3 verses at an unknown point in the game.
Verse 1 starts with Bayonetta avoiding the attack of a new Angelic enemy with a large sword before landing on a fighter jet flying through a city. From here, she fights other new enemies, including the centaur Laguna shown from the concept trailer. Jeanne comes in on her own jet and provides subtle assistance. Bayonetta's fighter is soon destroyed however, forcing her to use the debris caused by the Angel's destruction to jump onto the roof of a traveling bullet train.
Verse 2 introduces a brand new boss enemy named Belief, a giant Angel that possesses a single long tentacled appendage for attacking, and a mouth that spits green poisonous slime on its other side. Fast enough to keep up, Bayonetta fights back whilst Jeanne lends support in the form of jet missiles. Another of the large sword wielding angels destroys the bridge. Bayonetta and Jeanne enter Witch Time to defeat the Belief on the debris. After some combat with both witches utilizing their Wicked Weaves, Bayonetta throws the creature away from them as Jeanne is already in the air ready to land a kick. Bayonetta follows the Angel on his flight path to the side of a skyscraper where she summons Gomorrah to finish him off. Gomorrah kills the Belief in the same manner as in the first game.
In Verse 3, Gomorrah's return to Inferno wasn't successfully performed and he escapes the summoning. As it tries to attack Bayonetta, Jeanne pushes her out of the way in time but is hurt in the process. Her soul is forced out of her body and she is dragged down to Inferno as Bayonetta watches helplessly. Bayonetta's left eye glows momentarily, revealing she still has the powers of the Left Eye and begins her battle with the demon. She summons the wings of Malphas to give her the power of flight and they commence their battle along the side of a skyscraper, eventually reaching the top. Bayonetta uses some Wicked Weaves, and even fully manifests Madama Butterfly herself to punch the demon when it goes out of control. As the battle ends, Bayonetta freefalls down the side of the building where she summons a new demon. Appearing as a demonic Sabertooth Tiger, it slams Gomorrah into the ground and causes it to vanish. As the new demon returns to Inferno, the 3rd Verse and demo ends with Bayonetta holding Jeanne's lifeless body.
Nintendo Direct February 2014 TrailerEdit
A new trailer was shown during the Febuary 2014 Nintendo Direct for the game. The trailer showcased new elements not seen before in earlier previews. More of Bayonetta's battle on top of the fighter was shown as well as the new looks for several returning characters, including Luka and Enzo. Also shown was a second playable character, Loki, who was teased during the E3 showcases.
New gameplay footage was also shown. Bayonetta can now wield a bow-and-arrow weapon for long ranged attacks that increase in strength and power during Umbran Climax and a second weapon resembling a version of the Dual Swords shown in the first trailer were equipped to Bayonetta's feet. Alongside this, new Infernal Demons were shown off in greater detail, including Madama Butterfly and a new Demon that resembles an armoured horse.
The Masked Lumen is voiced for the first time and his main goal in the game is killing Bayonetta and Jeanne to rid the world of all Umbran Witches. Some of his abilities were shown in a fight against Bayonetta, including a shield that interrupts attacks, a Wicked Weave style attack that seems to be formed from the dragon heads of Fortitudo, fireballs similar to Father Balder's and the ability to summon more of the Cardinal Virtues.
The trailer also played a new vocal song that is likely to act as either the main theme of the game or the new theme of Bayonetta. It is composed in similar instrumentation and style to the first game's soundtrack, but most of its lyrics are hard to hear due to voices and sounds obscuring it. One of the Platinum Games staff members confirmed via Twitter that the song's title is "Tomorrow is Mine". 
A video posted on the Japanese Platinum Games website showed more of the Umbran Climax.
The Japanese version of this Nintendo Direct stream confirmed that the Japanese release of Bayonetta 2 would be launched in summer, though North America and Europe were still given a 2014 release date.
E3 2014 TrailerEdit
A new trailer was presented on Nintendo's E3 2014 Digital Event and showcased footage of Inferno for the first time. The events depicted Bayonetta and the boy being sucked through the Gates Of Hell after finding them, with the boy commenting that Jeanne must've done something extraordinary to end up here. Bayonetta faces off against fearsome demons, including Phantasmaraneae and two new almost mechanical demons. The trailer also hints at a time limit related to Jeanne's soul remaining in Inferno and how Bayonetta is warned by Rodin to work to miracles if she wants to rescue her friend.
Bayonetta 2 was also announced to have release dates of September 20th 2014 for Japan and a October 2014 release window for Western territories. The physical packaged copies of the game come with a Wii U port of the first Bayonetta with improved framerates and exclusive costumes and elements based on Nintendo franchises. These include Princess Peach from Super Mario Bros., Link from The Legend of Zelda, and Samus Aran from Metroid.
As shown on the official teaser site, the game is revealed to have an online co-op mode called Tag Climax. Players take control of Bayonetta and another character to fight together against the angelic and demonic hordes. So far Jeanne is the only confirmed alternate playable character, but it has been hinted that there will be more.  Though since Loki has been shown to be playable, it's likely he will be available as well.
E3 2014 DemosEdit
A combination of multiple demos were shown at E3 2014.
The first is an updated version of the one first shown at E3 2013 and features updated animations, tweaked scenes and extra dialogue between Bayonetta and Jeanne before they fight against Belief. The witches were apparently on a mere shopping trip before being attacked by the angels and vow to finish Belief quickly in order pick up caviar they have forgotten. After saving Bayonetta from Gomorrah's rampage, Jeanne laments about how things can't end this way before she is dragged to Inferno. Bayonetta takes to the skies and states she doesn't like 'pets' who won't listen to her and battles with the demon. At the conclusion of the fight, Bayonetta holds Jeanne's lifeless body as the demo reveals this section of the game is the Prologue: World of Chaos.
The second demo is based around the beginning of the game, Chapter I: Notaun, The City of Genesis. It shows how Bayonetta meets Loki when arriving in the new setting of Noatun and is composed of five normal Verses with two being optional.In Verse 1, first expressing disbelief at how the angels ignore her and target Loki, Bayonetta pursues the boy and battles against the angels in her way. A new angel named Valiance appears after she uses a magical device that allows her to Witch Walk in the day, the same angel that was featured with a gigantic sword in the World of Chaos demo. Valiance refers to Loki as having the power of the 'Rememberance Of Time' and Bayonetta makes herself known. Valiance refers to her as the 'famed witch' and claims it is a blessing that she is here as well. Just as he is about to mention something about the Eyes of the World, a gunshot from Bayonetta silences him and they engage in battle. Bayonetta summons Madama Butterfly to finish Valiance off, being stabbed repeatedly with his sword before the witch proceeds into a church to end Verse 2. Here, after defeating a new set of angels called Cachet & Compassion (similar to Dear & Decorations) in Verse 3, Bayonetta encounters Loki trapped in rubble. He strikes a deal to guide her through Fimbulventr if she gets him out. Though she is quick to rebuff his attempts at negotiation by referring to him as 'little one', she ultimately agrees and the pair proceed onwards. After fighting more angels, a new titanic beast appears named Urbane and Bayonetta is quick to finish it off with her arsenal of new weapons to finish Verse 4.
Bayonetta proceeds to run down a street which is promptly torn up and destroyed by the flying angel which first appeared in the World of Chaos prologue. Engaging in battle for Verse 7, hinting at the return of Alfheims and hidden Verses, Bayonetta keeps fighting the angel on a piece of rubble in it's grasp. After beating it down, Bayonetta summons Madama Butterfly once again and appears to control the movements of the demoness herself. The pair of them dance and smash apart the angel's body with their feet as the demo comes to an end.
Another one of the demos at E3 2014 is set at a later stage of the game in Chapter IV: The Two Meet and it is composed of 5 Verses, 2 of which are optional. Bayonetta continues her travels through Noatun at nighttime and fights against an Urbane in Verse 1, finishing it off with a demon summon. As she travels through the ruins of a destroyed building and fights Cachet & Compassion as part of Verse 3, Loki is heading towards Fimbulventr before questioning why he's having to do so, unable to remember. It is here that he encounters the Masked Lumen Sage for the first time. Asking if he is looking for Bayonetta, Loki rebuffs the Sage's demands to know where she is by claiming he has no idea. The Sage then promptly attacks him. Bayonetta soon arrives on the scene and saves Loki from the Sage. She mistakes the boy's assailant for one of his 'assistants' and Loki claims he has never seen the Sage before. Realising that Bayonetta is the witch he is looking for, she quickly squares off against him and seems to have the upper hand until the Sage uses Light Speed. At this point, Bayonetta realizes that her opponent is a Sage and battles him, referred to official as the 'Masked Lumen'. Verse 5 takes up all of their entire conflict. Though seeming to do well to begin with, the Sage quickly summons Fortitudo who reduces the battlefield to lava-filled rubble. Bayonetta summons the demon Labolas to fight with her and the pair continue their battle on a stone structure in the lava field. With successful attacks on either party against the other, Labolas and Fortitudo inflict damage onto one another as Bayonetta and the stage continue to fight. Eventally, the demon is able to snatch Fortitudo into its jaws but the Sage sabotages the conflict and dispatches Labolas with his spear.
Bayonetta summons Madama Butterfly as a replacement as the Sage summons Temperantia for his. The battle takes to the skies and players eventually get to take control of Butterfly as she pummels her foe and dodges his attacks. After the summons blast each other away from their conflict, Bayonetta and the Sage clash in mid-air as shown in the initial reveal trailers of E3 2013 and the battle ends to conclude the chapter.
Gun SpeculationEditEarly speculation and photo manipulation purported her new guns to be named "Love Is Sin." In higher-res images released as part of June 11th's Nintendo Direct, it seems that the guns are named "Love is Blue". This is potentially a reference to a classic song of the same name, performed by Vicky Leandros. There are a few covers for this song but the original was recorded in French. Vicky recorded it in five languages including English. In the lyrics she uses colors to describe her emotions: Grey, Red, Green, and sunlight which is technically White. These colors match the jewels on Bayonetta's new guns.
In response to a fan's question regarding the name of the guns, Kamiya stated on his Twitter account; "Was Scarborough Fair the theme of Bayo?" implying that "Love is Blue" may not be the theme song of Bayonetta 2. This was later proven to be true with the reveal of Tomorrow Is Mine.
Players are capable of using the Wii U game Pad, the Classic Controller set up, and even the Wii Mote + Nunchaku set up while playing Bayoneta 1 and 2. Hideki confirmed via his twitter account that the special Game Cube controllers being developed for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will also be compatible with this game.
- The Bayonetta 2 logo features a blue and gold color scheme, replacing the original Bayonetta logo's red hues. Bayonetta's new outfit has also changed to reflect this.
- In a Nintendo Developer interview with Atsushi Inaba, the producer commented on Bayonetta's new design of short hair and new costume. They stated this was to reflect how they saw Bayonetta's character as someone who would make a drastic change like this to her appearance in order to stay fasionable and up to date with a look she preferred.
- Instead of reusing enemies from the first game, Bayonetta 2 features brand new angelic enemies, some of which were cut concepts from the first game that were unable to be used. These include the new 'common' enemy of Acceptance which is a centaur like angel, Valiance which takes the appearance of a fearsome knight with it's face in it's sword, Cachet & Compassion which act as new versions of Dear & Decorations, Urbane which acts as a large miniboss similar to Beloved and Belief which acts a boss angel on the Prologue section of the game.
- Bayonetta 2 is the first game in the series that features combat with both angels and the Infernal Demons.
- In Bayonetta 2, the attack animations for Bayonetta have been completely redone instead of reusing older animations from the first game. More flips and acrobatic prowess are shown in her movements, making the newer combos appear similar to the more complex fight choreography seen in cutscenes.
- In the development trailer for Bayonetta 2, it was revealed that the inside of Bayonetta's gloves were originally purple instead of the dark blue that is in the final game.
- In the development trailer for Bayonetta 2, concept art for Umbran Resting Places were shown in locations, hinting at their return. This was later confirmed to be the case in later demo footage, including the addition of a new type of Resting Place related to the 'Remembrance Of Time'
- Bayonetta 2 is the first game in the series to be released on a Nintendo system.
- Bayonetta 2 is the sixth M-rated game to be published by Nintendo. The other six being Perfect Dark (Nintendo 64, 2000), Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem (Gamecube, 2001), Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes (Gamecube, 2004), Geist (Gamecube, 2005) and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge (Wii U, 2012).
- When Bayonetta 2 releases, a whole decade will have passed since Nintendo's third-to-last M-rated published game (Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes).
- When talking to Loki, Bayonetta refers to him as 'little one' just as she did Cereza in the first game.
- Bayonetta 2 has been at the centre of numerous fan outcries and complaints in regards to being a Wii U exclusive. Despite the fact that the game would not have been possible without the support and funding of Nintendo for the entire project, JP Kellams of PlatinumGames has stated on his twitter that PlatinumGames initially didn't want to talk about Bayonetta 2 or make announcements about it for a long time. This was because that such information would cause other console supporters to begin demanding that the game be ported to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
- Hideki Kamiya has stated on his twitter that he hates the Bayonetta 2 boxart. Aparrently, the original version of the art featured a silver crescent moon with clouds in front of it, with Bayonetta placed in the center. This reflects the original render of her new character model that was released around E3 2013. However, 'higher ups' (unclear as to whether it was Sega or Nintendo) removed the clouds, making the moon full and golden as well the "2" in the logo red. It is currently unknown why these changes to the boxart were made.
- Takaaki Yamaguchi, the lead motion designer for Bayonetta 2, explained in his developer blog that the amount of damage animations added on to enemies makes them react to attacks depending on the kind of attack being performed (an uppercut makes them stumble upwards for example). Yamaguchi states that compared to the original Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2 enemies have 3.5x more reaction animations on average.
- The game appears to take place during Christmas time. One line of dialogue suggests that Bayonetta and Jeanne went shopping for Christmas groceries, while scans from a Famitsu article depict screenshots of Rodin dressed as Santa Claus, and Enzo tripping and dropping presents.
Bayonetta (Gallery) • Jeanne (Gallery) • Zero • Enzo • Rodin (Gallery) • Luka • Cereza • Antonio Redgrave • Umbran Elder • Rosa • Father Balder
Loki • Masked Lumen • The Overseer
Handguns • Scarborough Fair • All 4 One • Onyx Roses • Shuraba • Kulshedra • Durga • Odette • Lt. Col. Kilgore • Sai Fung • Bazillions • Pillow Talk • Rodin
Love is Blue • Rakshasa • Alruna • Kafka • Chernabog • Undine
Affinity • Dear and Decorations • Enchant • Applaud • Ardor • Irenic • Beloved • Kinship • Fairness • Grace and Glory • Fearless • Harmony • Inspired • Braves • Gracious and Glorious • Joy
Belief • Cachet & Compassion • Urbane
Golem • Fortitudo • Temperantia • Iustitia • Sapientia • Father Balder • Jeanne • Jubileus, The Creator •
Belief • Gomorrah • Valiance • Masked Lumen
Gomorrah • Malphas • Hekatoncheir • Scolopendra • Phantasmaraneae • Little Devils • Little King Zero • Madama Butterfly • Madama Styx • Queen Sheba