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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Game Cancels Support for Linux, Mac

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Game slated for next year

The Kickstarter page for Koji Igarashi's Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night game revealed on Friday that the game will no longer be supported on Mac and Linux. Jason Ryan, community manager for 505 Games, explained in the post: "We have made this tough decision due to challenges of supporting middleware and online feature support and making sure we deliver on the rest of the scope for the game." The staff will offer those who planned to play the game on Mac or Linux the ability to change the platform for their order.

Igarashi had announced in August that the game was delayed to 2019. Igarashi also stated at that time that 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. The Kickstarter campaign announced in November that Shantae game developer WayForward is working on the main game.

Sources: Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Kickstarter page, Polygon (Charlie Hall)

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