Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, widely regarded as a Castlevania successor and led by Koji Igarashi, has been a phenomenon on Kickstarter. It's become the most successful game project ever on the platform, and its success has brought plenty of stretch goals and a particularly neat tie-in with Shovel Knight.
The campaign has now ended, and it had an extraordinary final day that saw it close on $5,545,991, passing every single stretch goal. The latter goals include an Inti Creates-developed prequel minigame that'll even come to the 3DS - think Mighty Gunvolt - and even a roguelike dungeon mode, which will extend replayability a huge amount. Coming in 2017, the full game (and mini prequel) will arrive on the Wii U eShop.
It's been an outstanding crowdfunding effort, and now the hard work begins on developing the end product.
Kudos to them. I'll certainly give it a go once it's released.
Gotta haves it both
And congrats on Iga's efforts
Can we get an amiibo of the main character now?
That's amazing! Congratulations to them. I can't wait to buy it when it's released!
Daaaamn! What a finale! I really didn't expect them to break the 5 Mio. goal, as well!
Shows what can happen when you simply ask for MORE MONEY as a Kickstarter. Overall, Bloodstained had less backers than Mighty No. 9 but raised almost $2 million more due to securing a digital copy being $8 more and promising physical copies for $60. Look at Yooka-Laylee. It still has few days to go and almost exactly the same number of backers that Bloodstained finished with, but $2.5 million less funded right now because it's just $15 to get it on Steam and $24 for a digital console version. Their only physical option is $110 for a PC edition, and that's more commemorative than practical.
Igarashi, Inti Creates, Fangamer and everyone else who organized Bloodstained worked the system to perfection. Their project wasn't more hyped or supported than similar ones, but they managed to squeeze out a lot more money with higher pricing points and dangling the physical copy as a $60 carrot - over twice the cost of a digital version.
woah! that was impressive. Now to see how good or bad the game really is. I hope is not as dissapointing asn Might No. 9
im glad ive got my wii u copy reserved
@minotaurgamer What is wrong with Mighty No. 9?
Awesome to hear, I'm really hoping since this got so much funding that we also get a retail release and not just eshop release. One reason I'm getting mighty no 9 is cause of a retail release, so I would hate to miss this game cause of no retail release
Wow didn't expect that
I was wondering why this kickstarter was much more succesful then the Yooka Laylee one. Maybe there is simply more demand for Bloodstained, but it could also be because Yooka Laylee would happen anyway (the money is just used to make the game better). Both campagnes where a great succes though.
@ikki5 I dunno, looks lame, boring and dull.
I was honestly surprised it raised so much, since they already have a publisher and the Kickstarter was suppose to be a way to show interest for such a project. Well with all the money pumping into the game, hopefully it will live up to the hype.
Phenomenal news! I'll be getting this on Wii U and Vita 😁
EDIT: 2017? The NX will probably be out by then... I wonder if they'll be willing to port it?
I'm glad it raised so much! Looking forward to both the main game and its prequel, I needed some metroidvania style games this gen, and since it seems Castlevania has received the Mega Man treatment... Looking forward to 2017!
@Kage_88 By 2017, there will be more people with Wii U consoles than Nintendo's next hardware iteration, whatever it is. Plus, they need to develop for a console already in the market than a console we completely don't know anything about. Besides, there's also that bit about the developer Armature Studios releasing Unreal Engine 4 code for the Wii U.
I didn't back the kickstarter, but if the game ends up being good when it comes out in 2017, I'll buy it!
Really looking forward to playing this on U. I didn't fund it, but I'll sure as hell be a buyer once it's out.
Oh it already ended? I was considering backing it, I guess I'll just get it when it comes out.
@accc I'm like you. I don't back any Kickstarters - to high a risk of loosing your money as people have already seen with other titles that were allegedly coming to the WiiU (project cars). 2017 is a long time away and if the WiiU is still the current Nintendo console will be another factor of it appearing I think. However if it ever does appear on the WiiU and it is reviewed well I will purchase it.
@ShadJV often there are ways to also back after a kick starter has finished.
They were also doing PayPal separately, maybe that's still running.
Naaah, it's not a record, not even something worth mentioning. This kind of games have no market anymore and noone wants to play them, even less pay for play them, all this "beating records and being a succesful project" is clearly a mistake, right Mr. "Big Publishers that know what gamers want and clearly know that gamers could never wish for a game like this"? XP
I think Bloodstained will be my actual favourite game to ever exist. Everything promised in the campaign sounds like the makings of something that will turn out to be the exact kind of game that I go completely crazy about.
2017 will be sweet.
If Bloodstained ends up as good as the Kickstarter promises it, it's going to be the ULTIMATE Metroidvania game. Backed it, and waiting for it with very high expectations.
Wow, this is great to hear. Even though I expected this to do very well, I'm still very surprised at just how much they raised.
Glad to see they did well on the funding part of things. Now the ball is in Iga's court to deliver an awesome game. Looking forward to it!
I'm looking forward to seeing what Iga will look like as a boss. Personally, I think it would be hilariously awesome to simply have him animated the same way he was dressed in the Twitch stream. Just an old man in a cowboy hat, tossing wine glasses and beating the living crap out of you.
can't wait for the Wii U release
@Rockman55 That is EXACTLY what I want the Igarashi boss to be.
... sadly, the concept art is of a seven-eyed octopus with fangs wearing a Cowboy Hat and Igarashi mask while sporting the Swordwhip.
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