After playing Bayonetta 2, I spoke with producer Yusuke Hashimoto from PlatinumGames.
Jeanne shows up in the Bayonetta 2 demo as an ally who surfs on a fighter jet like Bayonetta and fires a volley of missiles at enemies. Jeanne also appears in combination attacks, but she is controlled by the computer throughout the demo. I asked what Jeanne’s role in Bayonetta 2 is, and if she will be playable in the game’s two-player mode.
"As you can see in the demo, she will appear at some points, but where the story goes from there, that is something we’ll talk about later," Hashimoto answered.
Maybe that was too much? So, I asked a simpler question—why they changed Bayonetta’s hair. "We think of it less as cutting her hair," Hashimoto replied. "Her personality is the type that would not want to remain stagnant. She would want to change her style, taste in fashion, and her costumes. Down the line in the series, she may make further changes to her appearance."
Bayonetta has a new move called the Umbra Climax which lets her summon monsters. If you play with touch controls a pop up button shows up when you can use an Umbra Climax. "Those monsters Bayonetta summons will vary depending on your weapon combinations. That’s another element and won’t see all of them even if you play the demo."