Koji Igarashi left Konami last year to form his own studio. He followed in the footsteps of other high profile developers like Keiji Inafune, Hironobu Sakaguchi and now Hideo Kojima. People began speculating how long it would be until he, like Inafune, started making not-their-most-famous-franchise style games. It appears that we may soon learn just what IGA has been up to and when we’ll get to play his first game after leaving Konami.
A website has recently appeared called swordwhip.com and it features the image shown above. You’re greeted with a picture that very closely resembles Mr. Igarashi and the option of choosing either a sword or a whip, weapons that are very familiar to Castlevania fans. When you choose one it states your choice has been recorded and tells you that your vote counts for something. Just what that something is, we don’t yet know.
It’s being rumored that it will tie into a Kickstarter that is supposed to start later this week for Igarashi’s next game. The rumored title is Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. The main character’s name is Miriam, a woman with runic tattoos on her body. Another charater is named Gebel and is apparently similar to Alucard from the Castlevania series. Furthering the thought of a Castlevania style game is the rumored composing of Michiru Yamane who worked on Castlevania.
Will we finally see another Castlevania style 2D platformer from the man who made the Metroidvania genre famous? We can only hope.