Bloodstained Ritual Of The Night Gets Release Date
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is famed Castlevania director Koji Igarashi’s return to the Metroidvania genre after his departure from Konami. The game was first announced through a Kickstarter campaign in 2015 that met its $500,000 goal within four hours and raised over $1 million in its first day. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is Igarashi’s much-anticipated Castlevania spiritual successor, and achieved a whopping $5.5m in pledged money on Kickstarter (placing it just behind Shenmue 3 in the record books).
The game has undergone multiple delays since it was initially Kickstarted back in 2015, but the title’s latest trailer (below) shows that Igarashi and the team have been hard at work to make it look the best it can be:
This gameplay trailer emphasizes the game’s art style and combat techniques by showing off large portions of a cathedral stage and even offering us a glimpse of one of the game’s boss fights. In the video itself, Igarashi can be seen moodily slurping a glass of wine while reading negative comments, before dramatically smashing the vessel and declaring he will “prove them wrong”. What follows is a fairly hilarious comparison of the old versus new art style – although I do have some sympathy for the poor art department, which gets thoroughly dragged throughout the video.
Bloodstained Ritual Of The Night launches on June 18, 2019 for PC, Xbox One, PS4 and June 25, 2019 on Switch.