During The Game Awards, PlatinumGames and Nintendo revealed a new spinoff game in the Bayonetta series. Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon is a “companion game” to Bayonetta 3, and it’s launching on Nintendo Switch on March 17 ($59.99).
Cereza and the Lost Demon is a prequel to the Bayonetta series, starring a younger version of the titular heroine. The apprentice witch sets out on a journey to save her mother in the forbidden Avalon Forest.
She’s not alone. Aiding her in the adventure is her demon partner, Cheshire. Players control Cereza and the demon simultaneously using both halves of the Joy-Con. Cereza uses her magic to bind enemies while the ferocious Cheshire can take them out using his claws and teeth.
The spinoff uses a much different art style and tone than the main series. The forest looks hand-painted to resemble a storybook, and cutscenes are depicted as a series of illustrated pages.
A playable teaser has been added in Bayonetta 3. You can unlock it by purchasing the Old Picture Book at Rodin’s Shop, The Gates of Hell.
Although the main Bayonetta series is infamously rated M for Mature, Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon is rated T for Teen, with Animated Blood and Fantasy Violence.