Development of the game was started in January 2007, with Hideki Kamiya being the game's director.
According to Kamiya, the game was completely original, though he drew some inspirations from Scandinavian mythology, and played Devil May Cry 4 for reference.
Many enemies and objects drop halos when destroyed (resembling the rings from Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog series), which the player can use to buy items, techniques and weapon upgrades.
Bayonetta starts the game with four guns, two in her hands, two on her feet.
She also possesses magical attacks, and she can use her hair to summon demons to dispatch her foes.