Mari Shimazaki, Yusuke Hashimoto, Ikumi Nakamura, Kenichiro Yoshimura & Muneyuki Kotegawa art for Bayonetta
Bayonetta is a third-person action videogame developed by Platinum Games and published by Sega. It was originally released for 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 the Wii U alongside its sequel, Bayonetta 2, releasing in September 2014 in Japan and October 2014 in North America and Europe. The game was directed by Hideki Kamiya, who is best known for the Devil May Cry series. The two franchises share many similarities both in the fast paced technical gameplay and the “sexy” eccentric art style.
The visual influence for Bayonetta come from scandinavian mythology and also biblic reference, with angels and demons roaming around the gameworld. The game’s theme is “sexiness”, and that the characters were designed to be “fashionable”. The two main characters Bayonetta and Jeanne are slender and voluptuous women whose personalities are reflected in the in the flashy and sexy design choises for both clothes and weapons.
The creature design is also impressive, with bright colors that go against the stereotypical “dark” nature of enemies in videogame. The monsters that you have to defeat in this games are angelic and full of light, while the main character Bayonetta has a darker nature and is able to summon demons thanks to her hair. The overral visual stile is incredebly eccentric and it creates a “love it or hate it” type of situation, with people praising the originality of the art and other completely bashing it, but none remaining indifferent.
Here are some examples of the game’s art: