It’s been a while since we last heard anything from the Bloodstained development team. The spiritual successor to the Castlevania series, led by franchise veteran Koji “Iga” Igarashi, received considerable post-launch support since the release of the Kickstarter-funded Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. A new video from Igarashi and game director Shutaro Iida has shed new light on what’s to come next, and it’s good news for everyone.
Firstly, there’s the new Chaos and VS modes, both featuring online multiplayer elements. This was originally part of the Kickstarter backing goals for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, but Iga states that technical issues, as well as pandemic-related problems led to the delay behind the scenes. The short glimpses we get of the modes show some pretty frantic action, with players competing for kills in the VS mode, and being given special gameplay challenges and limitations in the Chaos mode. See the footage for yourself below.
Alongside the previously promised Chaos and VS modes, premium paid DLC was also announced. The paid DLC will feature both new cosmetics for protagonist Miriam, as well as an entirely new Classic Mode, titled Dominique’s Curse. The new mode, inspired by the original Castlevania action-platforming games, offers a new story based around Ritual of the Night character Dominique, arriving in a place known as ‘Limbo’. Details are sparse on the pricing and release date of these new modes, but further updates have been promised for Sept. 14.
The final major announcement came with the reveal that the game has sold over two million copies worldwide. With such good numbers, a lot of fans are asking for more details in regards to the Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night sequel that has previously been confirmed to be in the works. Whilst clearly the team themselves aren’t ready to say more yet, the social media account has shed more light on the situation. Responding to fans who were looking for more news on the sequel, they made clear that “it’s important to fulfill the KS [Kickstarter] goals that we are able to do”, but that “development on Ritual doesn’t impact other projects”. If that’s not enough, when told the game needs a sequel, the official account responded with a cheeky “we agree”.
With promises delivered for Kickstarter backers, free and paid DLC incoming, as well as the sales figure and sequel-teasing tweets, we’d say there’s something for every Bloodstained fan in today’s news update. Will you be trying out the new content Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has to offer? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to check back on Sept. 14 for more DLC details. For more breaking gaming news, keep your eyes on GameLuster.