Bayonetta stabs stores Jan. 5

Sega nails down release date for third-person action game from Devil May Cry, Okami director; EU getting the point Jan. 8.

One of this year's big trends has been highly anticipated holiday games being pushed to early next year. While Johnny-also-come-latelies like Alpha Protocol, Blur, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Starcraft II, and more have made delays to 2010 seem like the "in" thing, Bayonetta was one of the trendsetters, with Sega announcing the North American and European delay in mid-July.

Witch may weep?

Sega announced the game's official release date today, and while it was indeed pushed to 2010, it wasn't pushed very far into the year. Bayonetta will launch on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in North America on January 5, with European gamers able to pick it up January 8. In a statement, Sega America and Sega Europe CEO Mike Hayes cited the January launch window as the best time to launch a new intellectual property in the West.

Hayes also said the January release will help the game "push for a #1 retail slot." If Bayonetta is going to take the top spot, it will have to do so against stiff competition. In addition to lingering holiday blockbusters, Bayonetta will also be competing on the charts against an unusually strong lineup of January releases, including Army of Two: The 40th Day, Dark Void, MAG, and Mass Effect 2.

Sega also promised exclusive preorder bonuses for customers, but did not detail the incentives. However, specialty retailer GameStop is currently offering a $5 price break and a pack of eight posters for customers who preorder. For more on Bayonetta, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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cockneyscouse
cockneyscouse

I was at a game show on Saturday, was lucky enough to play the 360 version. This game really is special, was blown away, as were many others. It stole the show.

lukas1051
lukas1051

The demo was meh. I'd rather spend my money on God Of War 3.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Thing is, I loved DMC1, then after that they just became stupid. One of the reasons why I love Bayonetta so much is that it gives me the same joy as DMC1 did all those years ago. And for anybody that thinks this is just another button masher, think again. I did a little test run and just mashed the buttons... and died prompty. Then I played again, using all of the techniques and combos I have learnt and got constant platinum medals. That's proof enough in my book.

firehawk998
firehawk998

Despite this game getting a perfect 40/40 from Famitsu. The game still needs all the luck it can get because in Jan Mass Effect 2 and MAG. On a personal note this game looks like DMC on steriods( I mean it in a good way)

firehawk998
firehawk998

Despite this game getting a perfect 40/40 from Famitsu. The game still needs all the luck it can get because in Jan Mass Effect 2 and MAG. On a personal note this game looks like DMC on steriods( I mean it in a good way)

clqtte
clqtte

I want you so bad baby............

Zloth2
Zloth2

@Triton Aw jeez, now I'm going to keep seeing Palin in tight leather (or less) when I play Bayonetta! I know it's Halloween but there are limits!! ;)

Triton
Triton

She looks like Sarah P...

Ehggsz
Ehggsz

I played the demo and it was much better than I expected. I'm quite impressed. It convinced me to get this game.

Kfoss
Kfoss

yes its devil may cry 4 all over again..but damn it looks like its gonna be good!

Sonicplys
Sonicplys

Sarah Palin has a book coming up and now a video game?

Auricom-R
Auricom-R

First big release of the 2010s. The next decade is gonna kick off big early next year with all the 09 delays

facistinabag
facistinabag

90% of this games sales will be from asians.

jazilla
jazilla

i saw a quick look of this game and it looks pretty insane. i mean, she has machine guns on her shoes that she fires while doing a handstand!

DEATH775
DEATH775

Yes this is great, I've been waiting for this game for a long time.

JillV
JillV

Too bad the PS3 version wasn't made by Platinum Games, but by Sega and I was even gonna import the game, too bad now I'm not buying it because the PS3 version it's the inferior version.

Exactlamento
Exactlamento

shortest article...Ever can't wait tho And yes i usually look down on games that purely devote their strategy toward sex appeal, however when it simply is a bonus then there is no problem. For instance the Metal Gear Solid series has devotely done an adult poster motif throughout the series, but Kojima has made sure the gameplay and story could be able to stand on its own I actually think this game can do that so... yah skimmpy jumpsuit...err...hair thingy

FF_fan2004
FF_fan2004

Being a gamergirl, I agree with Dualmask to a certain extent. I just simply found it a bit boring to play a man protagonist. It's nice to see a female protagonist. My friend showed me the demo on PS3, I simply loved how Platinum games have done. From the environments, right down to the music. Chique, sexy, seductive and elegant in its own way.

Dualmask
Dualmask

I don't see how anyone can have a problem with a well-crafted, intensely action packed 3rd person twitch action game with perfect controls and great graphics just because it happens to use sex appeal in its character designs. Porn is a gratuitous display of sexual activity. Nudity itself isn't porn. Therefore, Bayonetta, while containing strong sexual content, is not porn. I for one am glad that developers are willing to push the envelope of character design this way...if I play another action game as some testosterone-fueled muscle-bound dude with a five o'clock shadow I might rip my hair out. And it's fueled by the Devil May Cry director, the guy responsible for the best 3D action games seen in gaming since 3D took over. What's not to like?

Wings_008
Wings_008

as soon as the prices drop i will buy this game

BatrozX
BatrozX

This game got a perfect score on Famitsu magazine...which means that I'm definitely getting this game.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

getting bayonattea i will probably get mass effect 2 as will because liking the first mass effact picked it up for £9.99 recently great game.

FF_fan2004
FF_fan2004

The release date is sooner than I expected. I can't wait for it to come to UK.

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

@Nodashi I've played the demo (got it via the Japanese PSN) And if you would cut away the whole naked witch thing you'd still have a VERY solid game. I honestly like the game for it's gameplay. I mean...this isn't like bikini zombie slayer...this game is not gonna suck.

Nodashi
Nodashi

This game is depressive in o many ways I'll not even try to list them here. But I'll say this - it will be FUN to watch the results for this piece of crap being delivered at the same Q1 2010 as SC2, Splinter Cell: Conviction and other... you know, real games. I really don't get why ANYONE buy things like this. They don't know any porn site? You don't have to play a god awfull game to see a pair of legs, you know.

Gen007
Gen007

if its anything like DMC i might have to pick it up.

KittyHeart
KittyHeart

Not sure how this game will do, but i hope it does well.

81locus
81locus

Like devil may cry only instead of a cool half demon bad a$$ you get to play as a sailor moon butterfly princess. I think I'll pass on this one.

Bytor60150
Bytor60150

Looks like I'll be playing this right before Mass Effect 2, while still playing Tekken6, Dragon Age and MW2. Great time to be a gamer! I love the months between Oct-Jan!!

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

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skinny_man_69
skinny_man_69

Sooner than I expected. Too bad it comes out the day I go back to class, but I will still hopefully pick it up Day 1

akiwak
akiwak

*runs to GameStop for pre-order goodies*

cutmaclass1
cutmaclass1

I love me some Hideki Kamiya. Not sold on day one but definitely considering it.

Heffe2020
Heffe2020

It's funny when writers or journalists think they're being witty when they write something like "Bayonetta stabbing stores this Jan."

Excedra
Excedra

yeesh, ill pass. MASS EFFECT 2!!!!!!!

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

@ tu2pac Ummm no I can't believe it because I and neither have you played Bayonetta. \ \ Uncharted was good, it was even really good but it was almost the exact same game as the first one. \ \ It is one of the most respected magazines in the world for games. If they give it perfect then it is amazing end of story.

itjustgotcold
itjustgotcold

not looking forward to this at all, if i wanted a button masher i would play Devil May Cry. if i wanted a horny japanese kids wet dream i would play doa beach volleyball. i don't play either of those because that is not on my list of fun. to each their own.

NuKkU
NuKkU

yea i doubt it will be #1 but hey thanks to great marketing i think it will break the top 5

guitardude1243
guitardude1243

I'm pretty sure Mass Effect 2 will rule the leaderboards.