Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Out Now
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, a spiritual successor to the Castlevania franchise, is now available worldwide. A launch trailer can be seen below featuring producer Koji Igarashi, who explains the game will receive thirteen pieces of free post-launch DLC, though there will also be some paid DLC. Bloodstained is out now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, with a Nintendo Switch version coming next week.
In Bloodstained players start as Miriam, a cursed orphen who is looking for answers and journeys to a demon-infested castle to stop an old friend’s reign of terror. The trailer shows a second playable character, Zangetsu, a demon hunter who is voiced by David Hayter. Zangetsu was also playable in Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon. There are also teases of another playable character, with snippets of Miriam turning into Shovel Knight.
Releasing for free alongside the game on PC, and expected next week on consoles, is the Speed Demon Update, which features visual and balance improvements alongside Speed Run and Boss Rush modes as well as the Pure Miriam outfit. Also available on PC is the paid “Iga’s Back Pack” DLC, which lets players fight against Koji Igarashi and obtain a powerful weapon. Iga’s Back Pack will be available on Nintendo Switch on June 28, 2019, and on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on July 2, 2019. Known to be included among the upcoming free DLC items are online and local co-op and versus modes, roguelike mode, Chaos mode, and Nightmare difficulty. Bloodstained is being published by 505 Games and developed by WayForward, DICO, and Artplay.
I played it last night. It’s a blast.