“Publishers of the world told me that gamers no longer care for this style of game, but I know they’re wrong.” He says as he dramatically throws a wine glass away. Those are the words of Koji Igarashi. The man responsible for the Castlevania series left Konami last year to create his own studio. They’ve been working on a new project and now they’re ready to unveil it to the world.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is that project. It was announced earlier today through a new Kickstarter campaign. Igarashi is the lead on the project. The music is being composed by Michiru Yamane. Inti Creates is leading the game’s development.
He has secured partners that are willing to support with additional funding if demand for this type of game is proven. In the hour that the Kickstarter has been live they’ve raised over $120,000. Looking for $500,000 in funding. Additional funding will allow for more monsters, more weapons and more modes. Stretch goals include a second playable character at $700,000 and voice acting my Solid Snake himself, David Hayter, at $850,000.
The main characters’s name is Miriam. She was picked up as an orphan by an alchemist named Gebel. and became a host for his dark curse. She slept for 10 years while the curse matured. Gebel is using Miriam to help achieve his dark ambition of the downfall of man. Another man, Johannes, was Gebel’s best friend, but dissented to the plan to call demons to the earth. He knows there is a connection between Miriam and the appearance of the game’s demon castle.
Bloodstained will feature many elements familiar to fans of Castlevania such as exploration and multiple weapons (including a whip). RPG elements will level up your character and allow them to explore areas previously out of reach. Enemies will drop items that you can use to craft new weapons and abilities using Miriam’s training in alchemy.
The game is tentatively scheduled to be released in March of 2017 for Xbox One, PS4 and Steam.