Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon Revives Castlevania’s 8-Bit Era

Inti Creates is developing an 8-bit spinoff of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night called Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon.

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Some of you might be familiar with Inti Creates from their work on Blaster Master Zero, Mighty Gunvolt, and other retro-inspired action titles. Well, they’re back with an official – and pleasantly surprising – spinoff for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night; the “totally not Castlevania” game from legendary Castlevania producer, Koji Igarashi. 

Unlike Ritual of the Night which aims to capture the Metroidvania era of the Castlevania franchise, Curse of the Moon is a throwback to the 8-bit era of the franchise (particularly Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse). It’s a decidedly old-school Castlevania title that-like game that features multiple playable characters, linear levels that are complemented by alternative advancement paths that will allow you to select some levels, and a protagonist that’s described as a “demon slayer bearing a deep grudge.” We assume that grudge is against demons. There also seems to be a character who wields a whip just in case you were worried. 

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The Curse of the Moon trailer makes it clear that you should expect a traditionally challenging Castlevania-like experience from Curse of the Moon. For those who aren’t familiar with the original Castlevania games, that means precision jumps, lots of enemies, and more than a few annoying bosses. 

While certainly inspired by classic Castlevania titles, Curse of the Moon will feature some modern conveniences and clever pieces of design not necessarily seen in some of the games that inspired it.

For instance, there’s actually a casual mode in the game that offers unlimited lives and other features designed to ease the pain. Those who prefer something more challenging can opt for the Veteran mode which features limited lives and frustrating mechanics like being knocked back upon receiving damage from an enemy. Of special note is the way the game will seemingly utilize its multiple characters. If your controlled character dies, you seemingly lose them from your party. This could affect the way the game’s story and level design play out. 

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon is set to release for Switch, 3DS, PS4, Vita, Xbox One, and PC on May 24, for $9.99.

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