What hotly anticipated Gothic sidescroller is FINALLY out after years of waiting? It’s Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, originally crowdfunded in 2015 by Castlevania creator Koji Igarashi. Since he can’t make new games in his signature series (due to Konami being…Konami right now), he’s starting anew with a creator-owned property and brand.
Bloodstained is now available on Playstation 4, XBox One and the PC. The Switch version will go on sale next week, on June 25 — we have no idea why the game is delayed one week on that platform.
But the release of the game is NOT the end! Iga appeared on camera this afternoon to reveal the post-release plans for Bloodstained, which include a whopping 13 DLC packs that add new modes like Online and Local Co-op and VS. mode, Roguelike mode, Boss Rush, Chaos mode and Nightmare Difficulty.
One additional DLC (#14 if you’re counting), “Iga’s Back Pack,” lets players fight Igarashi himself as a bonus boss (more games should let us do this; Sakurai for Smash). “Iga’s Back Pack” is available today on PC, comes to Switch June 28, and PS4 and XBox July 2. There’s one case where the Switch has the advantage.
Set in 18th century England, where a paranormal force has summoned a demon-infested castle, revealing crystal shards infused with tremendous magical power, players of Bloodstained take on the role of Miriam, an orphan scarred by an alchemist curse which slowly crystallizes her body, enabling her to use spells, weapons, special items and abilities to tailor the game to their playstyle. To save humanity and herself, Miriam must fight through the castle while collecting, crafting and unlocking a vast array of weapons, equipment and loot to defeat the summoner Gebel and the countless minions and bosses of hell that await.
Check out Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, if not today then soon. The game will be on most major platforms by July.