Castlevania fans, rejoice! It’s no secret that famed developer Koji Igarashi has been working on Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. It’s the spiritual successor to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, of which he wrote and co-directed alongside Toru Hagihara. Funded via Kickstarter and published by 505 Games, we’ve seen some gameplay over the past year, and it was playable at events such as last year’s E3. Sporting a cel-shaded anime art-style, this game aims to bring a new and old flavor to the Metroidvania genre.
Now a new Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night trailer has debuted for this week’s E3, and it shows a lot of what Castlevania fans love: 2-D side-scrolling, lamp-breaking, whips, magic, and lots of and lots of blood! In addition, the new boss revealed in the trailer is called Bloodless. She is able to control blood with her mind and use it to attack our main character, Miriam. Her dress is made out of blood as are her many umbrellas, which appears Miriam can use to protect herself from the “Bloodrain” as Igarashi calls it.
Since it was playable on the show floor last year, we expect the same to be the case for this year as well. Igarashi stated to Polygon that an alpha build for various Kickstarter backers will be available for download sometime in August. Furthermore, the Kickstarter for the game received a backing of $5.5 million from loyal fans who yearn for the good ol’ days of Castlevania goodness. Do you think this game will satisfy your cravings for a traditional Castlevania-like experience? Sound off in the comment section below! Either way, it looks like we’re in for a bloody-good time.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will be launching in early 2018 for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. We’ll be playing it on the E3 show floor this week, will you be there?
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