Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Game Delayed to 2019, Vita Version Cancelled

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Koji Igarashi: Vita version cancelled due to Sony halting game card production

The Kickstarter page for Koji Igarashi's Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night game began streaming a video on Monday. The video shows Igarashi announcing that the game has been delayed to 2019, and the game's PlayStation Vita version has been cancelled due to Sony's decision to end support and production of PS Vita game cards in the Americas and Europe by March 2019.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will be an "action-adventure game in the gothic horror style." The game will offer single-player, collaborative, and versus modes. The Kickstarter campaign page describes the game:

You are Miriam, an orphan scarred by an alchemist curse which slowly crystallizes your skin. You must battle your way through a demon-filled castle summoned by Gebel, your old friend whose body has become more crystal than flesh.

The project met its initial goal of US$500,000 within four hours of launching in May 2015, and the campaign ended with more than US$5.5 million. The campaign and its stretch goals funded the release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PC. The campaign also funded a Wii U version, but the version was cancelled in favor of a Nintendo Switch version. 505 Games is publishing the game

Igarashi (Castlevania, Tokimeki Memorial) is helming the game at ArtPlay and DICO, and Michiru Yamane (Skullgirls) and Ippō Yamada (Mega Man) are sound producers and composers. David Hayter (Metal Gear Solid's Snake) is a cast member. The voice cast also includes Ray Chase, Kari Wahlgren, Christopher Swindle, Jamie Mortellaro, Rena Strober, Fred Tatasciore, Erica Lindbeck, Ben Diskin, Fryda Wolff, and Robert Belgrade.

Inti Creates was initially part of the game's development, but withdrew from the project last year. The developer still developed the Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 8-bit-style prequel game. That game launched on May 24 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch, and PC (via Steam), and for Xbox One on June 6.

Thanks to Pete S. for the news tip.

Source: Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Kickstarter page

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