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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Game Slated for Summer

posted on by Karen Ressler
Trailer accompanies release window announcement

The Kickstarter page for Koji Igarashi's Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night game announced on Wednesday that the game is slated to launch this summer. The staff debuted a trailer to accompany the announcement.

Nintendo's Nintendo Direct presentation on Tuesday also shared footage for the game:

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 canceled in favor of a Nintendo Switch version. The staff also canceled plans for Mac and Linux support. 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 in 2017. 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, Nintendo Direct

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