Bloodstained Ritual of the Night

The words "second version in development" are enough to send anyone into a frenzy, but especially so when the game involved is Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, a loving homage to the Castlevania games.

In a recent financial report from Digital Bros., the parent company of Bloodstained publisher 505 Games, a few games were mentioned as part of their "IP Portfolio". Those games included Control, Death Stranding, Ghostrunner and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, all of which have been successes in various ways.

Ghostrunner and Bloodstained are both noted as having their second version in development — we already knew about Ghostrunner, but the Bloodstained sequel news is new. Unfortunately, that's also the only news — no release date, not even a release window.

Bloodstained sequel slideshow from Digital Bros' presentation
Image: Digital Bros.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was announced on Kickstarter back in 2015, with Castlevania alumnus Koji Igarashi at the helm. With a grand total of $5.5 million raised, it remains one of the most successful Kickstarters on the platform. It came to the Switch in 2019, to some lukewarm reviews due to performance issues, but was followed up with patches to improve the game's framerate, visuals, and lag.

According to Digital Bros.' financial report, the game has sold over one million copies, with "expected lifetime revenues" of at least £25.7 million ($36.5m).

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