Having gone through a few of the old Castlevania titles to relive some of my youth prior to Bloodstained’s announcement, it was a shame to see that there was no real news of a new entry in sight any time in the future.
That was until the announcement of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, an upcoming action-adventure game considered as a spiritual successor to the Castlevania series, with the latter’s former producer Koji Igarashi at the helm. The game itself is currently set for release in 2018 on PC, PS4, PS Vita, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.
There was undoubtedly a lot of demand for Igarashi to make a game similar to Castlevania following his departure from Konami, which he demonstrated via Kickstarter in 2015. The campaign’s goal was initially set for $500,000, though it went on to heavily surpass this at $5.5 million, which at the time was the most funded video game crowdfunding campaign on the platform.
Fast-forwarding to E3 this year, where Igarashi opened up a little bit more about Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, in which he touched on the game’s gothic element, and why he focused on making a spiritual successor for old fans:
“So after going independent and trying to create a new project, we decided to create a new project through Kickstarter, and try to create a game where my old fans, from during my time, my Castlevania days… we wanted to create a game for them”
In the interview, he also touched on the importance of the gothic vibe that will be present, wanting to keep the game in touch with its predecessor of sorts:
So the gothic element is something we couldn’t get rid of, and it’s something that we wanted to show for the old-school fans.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is scheduled for release next year.