In a recent update on the Platinum Games website, designer Mari Shimizaki sheds some light on the new character designs for both Bayonetta and Jeanne.
One of the first things that many fans noticed about the title character of Bayonetta 2, was that the Umbran Witch had received a serious haircut. Rather than the red undertones found in the original game, the accents in Bayonetta’s clothing and weaponry have changed to blue. Jeanne has been given a more laid-back look, sporting long hair and a biker-inspired suit- a change from her previous leather overcoat.
A new post from freelance designer Mari Shimizaki reveals more information regarding the style changes of both characters. The decision to give Bayonetta a different hair style was a joint conclusion made by Shimizaki, Hideki Kamiya and Yusuke Hashimoto. Reflecting her wild personality, the three decided that “Bayonetta’s not the kind of girl who’d show up with the same hairstyle for her sequel”. Her redesign was created with the theme “Solid”: Bayonetta’s original design focused on her curves and femininity, with an obvious emphasis on her legs. The new design is very geometric, using several straight edges, with the exception being her glasses, which Shimizaki “gave a slightly softer design”. While her outfit itself is still black, Director Yusuke Hashimoto requested that Bayonetta’s accents be changed to blue, in order to reflect the sequel’s theme of “water”, as it’s a “big theme of the second game”. The original outfit had a large open-back and a “cleavage window” which held her amulet; Bayonetta’s new cape closes over her chest, however the new outfit retains the open-back element, and adds a diamond-pattern opening down the back of each leg:
Bayonetta’s guns have been given a coat of blue, accented by antique charms and gold pieces, to better compliment her new outfit and color scheme. As a whole, Bayonetta has been given a drastic change from her previous version, but Shimizaki believes that the new Bayonetta “gives off a different impression than before, but still owns the name Bayonetta”.
Jeanne was redesigned with a “casual” theme, which started with Kamiya requesting that she be drawn with a biker suit. After several prototypes, Kamiya approved of a relatively simplistic model that was similar to the “final approved outfit”. To counteract Bayonetta’s new short hair, Jeanne was given long hair, also in contrast from her previous appearance. Her signature All 4 One gun collection returns, however the charms have been altered for the new game; where the charms originally complimented each gun’s personal name, the new set of charms are influenced by The Three Musketeers Anime. Each gun features a plush charm colored after each Musketeer. The added charm redesign adds “the perfect pinch of sugar to Jeanne’s design”.
A Wii U exclusive, Bayonetta 2 will release in October 2014, along with the next-gen debut of the original Bayonetta through the Nintendo eShop.