Due to an early leak, we all just assumed that Bayonetta would release in North America on January 5, even though it officially still held a "January 2010" launch date.
Well, the leak was indeed accurate and now it's official. The slam-bang action title with a seductive heroine will be on store shelves on the 5th for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360; it'll launch three days later in Europe. Sega is also offering some pre-order incentives so be sure to check with your local game retailer to see if you can take advantage. Remember, this is the game that caused a big stir when the 360 version brought down a perfect 40/40 score from Famitsu (the PS3 version scored two points lower), and it is without a doubt a top-notch hack 'n slash title. Said Mike Hayes, CEO of Sega America and Sega Europe:
"Traditionally high scoring games in Famitsu go on to perform very well at retail in both Japan and the rest of the world. PlatinumGames set out to deliver a game that redefines the 3D action genre, and we feel that they have set a benchmark for future games in the genre to aspire to. We chose a January ship date for BAYONETTA as we firmly believe that it is the best time for SEGA and our retail partners to launch this exciting new IP in the West, and push for a number #1 retail slot. BAYONETTA is a huge title for us and the perfect start for the New Year, both for SEGA and gamers across Europe and America."
This appears to be an excellent way to pass the time until March arrives and God of War III assaults our PS3s. And besides, being big fans of the Devil May Cry franchise 'round these parts, we're more than a little excited about Bayonetta . Do we care there's a female in the lead role, doling out the pain? Nah. She looks good, right? 😉
Related Game(s): Bayonetta