Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is famed Castlevania director Koji Igarashi’s return to the Metroidvania genre after his departure from Konami. The game was first announced through a Kickstarter campaign in 2015 that met its $500,000 goal within four hours and raised over $1 million in its first day.
“I have been gone for too long, and it’s time for a resurrection!” Igarashi said in the video introducing the Kickstarter. “Publishers of the world told me that gamers no longer care for this style of game, but I know they’re wrong!”
By the end of the campaign, Bloodstained had raised over $5.5 million, proving that fans were still hungry for this type of experience. Two years later, Bloodstained is still in development, but is inching closer to a 2018 release.
The game tells the story of Miriam, an orphan who has been cursed by an alchemist and is slowly turning into crystal. The young woman must fight her way through a castle full of demons and other creatures of the night to find a cure. The plot and setting are as Gothic as it gets, and the presentation and gameplay—the side-scrolling combat, creepy monsters, and role-playing elements—all harken back to the golden age of Metroidvania.
Here’s everything else we know about the game:
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Release Date
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will arrive in 2018. It was originally set for a 2017 release before it was delayed. The game is currently scheduled to appear on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Switch, Vita, and PC. A Wii U version of the game was recently canceled.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Trailer
This gameplay trailer emphasizes the game’s art style and combat techniques by showing off large portions of a cathedral stage and even offering us a glimpse of one of the game’s boss fights:
Here’s gameplay footage from the E3 2016 demo:
In the pitch video below – which is quite quaint, with its low-fi special effects – Igarashi talks enthusiastically about his project. On the Kickstarter page, you’ll find more of the project’s plans, including its addition of crafting to the platforming mix, and the now-confirmed presence of David Hayter as one of the main voice actors.
That Bloodstained has already enjoyed a storming amount of support pretty much guarantees that we’ll be hearing more about it soon.