Fans of the Metroidvania genre owe a great deal to Koji Igarashi. This video game designer played a large hand in what many consider to be the best of the best – Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. He spent dozens of years with Konami, but finally left the company in 2014 But what has he been working on since then? Well, most likely it’s the game Igarashi has revealed today on Kickstarter: Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Although they could not take the name of “Castlevania”, it’s obvious by name alone where their inspiration lies. The game is an exploration-focused, action platformer with RPG elements, as one expects from the Metroidvania genre. Well, Igarashi has actually dubbed it an “Igavania” but that’s beside the point.
Igarashi is leading development on Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night himself, with Inti Creates on development. If that names sounds familiar to crowdfunding fans in particular, it’s because they’re also helping develop another retro revival (Mighty No. 9). Esteemed Konami composer Michiru Yamane (Castlevania, Suikoden) will also be providing the soundtrack. As players explore, they’ll be able to craft better weapons with collected materials. The current plan is to have a map as sprawling as previous games, but there’s potential for an even larger experience.
Amazingly, we don’t have much info other than the basic concept, but fans basically knew immediately whether they wanted to fund this or not from the second it launched! Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is planned for PC, PS4, and Xbox One once it reaches the $500,000 Kickstarter goal.
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