It has been a long time coming, but we finally have the release date for the spiritual successor to Castlevania, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. After leaving Konami in 2014, fans wanted creator Koji Igarashi to create another metroidvania-style game. After announcing the title on Kickstarter in 2015, it generated over $5.5 million, making it the most successful crowd-funding endeavor (for a video game) to date.
Since then, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has been plagued with delays. With the last delay occurring last year, with the announcement that the PlayStation Vita version had been cancelled. Along with the Vita cancellation, the Mac and Linus OS versions have been cancelled. Previously, the WiiU version had been cancelled, and the development for that console had shifted over to the highly successful Nintendo Switch.
Igarashi has been very careful to listen to fan feedback, and the new trailer, which can be seen below, highlights some of the drastic visual changes that has been made over the last year or so. We had an opportunity to go hands-on with Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night at last year’s E3. When we played it we thought that “anyone looking forward to the latest outing from Koji Igarashi clearly don’t have anything to worry about, and fans itching for a new Castlevania style title don’t need to look any farther.”
Now, after four years of waiting, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will be launching on June 18th. The title was expected sometime over the summer, but it’s still a little surprising to get a release date a month and a half before launch. After delays and platform cancellations, Ritual of the Night will be launching for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC through Windows, and Nintendo Switch.
Check out the launch trailer below, and check back to us for further coverage on Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.