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The tools of the trade
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night isn't just a massive Metroidvania adventure to rival the likes of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night; it's also packed with items to find and weapons to obtain – the strongest of which have to be crafted from components dropped by enemies or found in chests dotted around the castle. Towards...
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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is finally with us, and what a wait it has been. The game was crowdfunded back in 2015 and endured a major delay last year, but it's finally in our hands and on our Switches. While Nintendo fans have unquestionably been given the worst version of the game (
Warning: Potential spoilers contained within!
Every one of Koji Igarashi's Castlevania efforts has its fair share of secrets, and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is no exception. The game is packed with hidden rooms and special items, and the coolest of them all is the 8-Bit Nightmare – an entire level which pays tribute to the classic...
The ultimate sacrifice?
The product of one of the most successful video game crowdfunding ventures of all time, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is – quite literally – an exercise in wish fulfilment. Following his departure from Konami in 2014, former Castlevania series producer Koji "IGA" Igarashi would have required superhuman powers of...
"I will prove them wrong!"
It's taken what feels like forever, but Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night finally has a solid release date. The much-delayed title – which set crowdfunding records a few years back – will hit Nintendo Switch on June 25th, a little behind the PS4, Xbox One and PC editions, which all launch on June 18th. Retail...
The 2015 Kickstarter epic gets delayed again
Koji 'IGA' Igarashi has confirmed that Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will be delayed a second time, and will now launch in 2019. The crowdfunded title was originally supposed to launch in 2017, but was pushed into 2018. The proposed Wii U version was dropped soon afterwards, with confirmation that it...
Add it to the list
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is one of those games that’s been in development for what feels like forever, and though there’s some concern that it could end up being another Mighty No. 9, much of what’s been shown of the game has been promising. Ahead of its release this year, Inti Creates put out a smaller taster of a...
Out with the new, in with the old
Without context, Bloodstained: Curse Of The Moon sounds horrendous. A title that offers nothing other than a few words thrown together seemingly on a whim, it may as well just be another under the radar game that comes and goes without anyone realising. With context, however, it’s a sleeper hit that celebrates the...
Coming to Switch and 3DS soon
If you've been missing Castlevania recently, then you'll no doubt have jumped up and down with excitement at the news that Inti Creates is bringing Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon to Switch and 3DS on May 24th. The news was announced at this year's BitSummit in Japan, and during the event some gameplay was...
Land of the Rising Fang?
A new stage from the eagerly-awaited Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has been shown off, and it's perhaps a little different from what fans of the Castlevania series might be expecting. The level is set in a Japanese-style environment complete with subtle, chilled-out music and some particularly beautiful background...
Oh, and there are going to be some rats, too
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will give you the chance to indulge your sense of style via a series of costumes, weapons and even hairstyles, and a short video has been released which shows off some of these changes. Lead character Miriam is shown changing elements of her outfit and experimenting...
Also, some new tracks from the OST
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night—the hotly anticipated not-Castlevania from Koji Igarashi—is still on pace to release on the Switch, whenever the team gets around to it. Though it seems that we still have quite a wait ahead, it does look like steady progress is being made on the project, as the development...
"It’s the late 18th century England"
Publisher 505 Games has just released a new trailer for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, just in time for E3. The footage shows off several of the game's levels, as well a boss encounter. 505 Game has also released the following information about the game, which is due for release in early 2018: About...
Koji Igarashi admits he needs to speed things up
Koji Igarashi has spoken about Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night in an interview with Famitsu, and has admitted that the game is only 20 to 30 percent complete. When it was shown off at BitSummit one year ago, Bloodstained was around 10 percent complete. Unsurprisingly, Igarashi also admits that...
"We are very sorry that it has come to this after all your support"
The Wii U version of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has been cancelled, it has been revealed today - that's the bad news. The good news is that it's now coming to the Nintendo Switch instead. If you backed the Wii U version and are happy to have the game on Switch, you don't...
"The afternoon sky was dark as night and red as blood"
Though Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is unfortunately quite some time away from being in the hands of gamers, Koji igarashi and his team have been doing a good job of communicating progress to their Kickstarter backers and showing how the game is shaping up. In the last post, we got a look...
It'll handle all the environmental detail
Though Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has been delayed until 2018, we can rest assured that Koji Igarashi and his team are doing everything they can to polish the game to the nth degree and make it all worth the wait. In a previous update, Igarashi mentioned how he would be utilizing procedural generation...
No surprise there, then
When its Kickstarter campaign came to a close, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was the biggest video game crowdfunding project in the site's history, and has only been eclipsed by Shenmue 3. The incredible response to Bloodstained - which is regarded as a spiritual successor to the "Metroidvania" sub-series of Konami's...
Bringing in reinforcements
It came as a bit of a tough pill to swallow when Koji Igarashi announced that Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night would be delayed into 2018. All the same, this has been done to ensure that the final product is of a sufficient quality; which is reassuring in light of certain other mighty disappointments on Kickstarter. Early...
"We needed to bring in another team"
We've already reported on news that the Wii U version of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is in doubt, and in the same interview with IGN creator Koji Igarashi it is stated that additional resource is being sought to ensure the title is completed on time. Bloods
"As timelines move on, certain pieces of hardware become irrelevant"
Early last month, Koji Igarashi made the announcement that Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night would be delayed until sometime in 2018. Though his reasons for this were sound, it still came as quite a blow to those who were expecting to play it earlier; an unexpected extra year for...
It could be said that Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is one of the most highly anticipated Kickstarter projects bound for Nintendo platforms. We absolutely loved what we saw of it at E3, and it seems as though development has been progressing quite well. The game was set to launch in March of 2017, but it seems now that fans will have to...
Oh, it's good. Very good.
Back in 1997, Koji Igarashi made gaming history with the extremely successful Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. The reason that Castlevania shares half of the name with "Metroidvania", Symphony of the Night was lauded for its fantastic art direction and intricately designed castle. Later on, the formula established by...
Considering the self-destructive route Konami has been on in recent times, it's been disappointing to see many of its popular franchises effectively put on ice, including the Castlevania series. Of course, it could be argued that it's been awhile since the last classic Castlevania game came out, as Mercury Steam took the series in a new...
The right way
Mighty No. 9 has finally, to the shock of many, gone gold and been fixed with a firm release window. The game was delayed after numerous delays for varying reasons, but it seems as though extra content made possible by the Kickstarter funds was the main reason for the holdup. Of course, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night also had an...
"We thought cosplayers would especially like to see the back view"
When Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night launched on Kickstarter a while back, the concept art shown off made many assume that it would take inspiration from the likes of Muramasa and Dragon's Crown by using 2D sprites, but subsequent development updates stated that it was in fact...
Over 1,600 rooms to explore
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, widely regarded as a Castlevania successor and led by Koji Igarashi, was a phenomenon on Kickstarter. It's become the most successful game project ever on the platform, and its success brought plenty of stretch goals and a
Third playable character and prequel mini-game also confirmed
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is already Kickstarter's most successful video game campaign ever, and with just over a day remaining on the clock the momentum shows no signs of dropping - in fact, the total is getting dangerously close to the $4.5 million mark. New stretch goals...
Over $4 million raised and there's still hours to spare
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is officially Kickstarter's most successful video game venture after pushing past the $4.1 million record set by Torment: Tides of Numenera back in April 2013. Bloodstained currently stands at $4,194,391 with 41 hours remaining. Almost 50,000 people have...
"I like their wobbly movements"
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night's crowdfunding drive has just three days to go and has raised over $3,700,000 at the time of writing. To drum up even more interest and perhaps encourage a final surge of backers, creator Koji Igarashi has published a video showing some off-screen footage from a very early version of...
Less than a week to go!
It's pretty safe to say that the Kickstarter for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has been a massive success. The spiritual successor to the Castlevania series will now be coming to nearly every current-gen console and the money still keeps rolling in, practically guaranteeing that this will be the gothic Metroidvania to end...
Next stretch goal will add asynchronous online multiplayer
Just earlier this week, it was revealed on the Kickstarter page for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night that a Wii U version would be made if the project reached its next stretch goal. Rather amazingly, over $250,000 has been raised over the past four days, hitting the stretch goal and...
May also own the brand, as well
German publisher Koch Media - the parent company of Deep Silver - has recently filed a video game-related trademark for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, which would appear to confirm that the company is handling publishing duties for the forthcoming title. Created by Koji "IGA" Igarashi, Bloodstained is the...
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