Bayonetta 2 Director Shows Off New “Umbral Climax” Feature

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Yesterday, Nintendo showed off a new trailer for Bayonetta 2 during their Nintendo Direct presentation, following which the game’s director, Yusuke Hashimoto, posted a brief message for fans on the PlatinumGames blog.

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Hashimoto uses his blog post to touch briefly upon a new feature in Bayonetta 2, called the “Umbran Climax,” which he demonstrates using the video above.


“In addition to the original’s gameplay system—dodging at the last minute to perform Witch Time, saving up your Magic Gauge to use Torture Attacks—Bayonetta 2 includes a new feature called Umbran Climax,” he writes.


“Now saving your Magic Gauge also gives you the option to unleash a combo made of successive Wicked Weave and Infernal Demon summons. This wide-ranged attack can effectively give you free rein over the battlefield.”


Bayonetta 2 is slated for release in Japan this Summer, and in the west sometime this year. Hashimoto says that Platinum are “starting to reach the climax stage of development” of the game.


You can view new screenshots from Bayonetta 2 below.


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Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.