Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Release Date, Trailer, and News

Everything you need to know about Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, including latest news, release date, trailers, and more!

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Nightis famed Castlevania director Koji Igarashi’s return to the Metroidvania genre after his departure from Konami. The game was first announced through a Kickstarter campaign in 2015 that met its $500,000 goal within four hours and raised over $1 million in its first day.

“I have been gone for too long, and it’s time for a resurrection!” Igarashi said in the video introducing the Kickstarter. “Publishers of the world told me that gamers no longer care for this style of game, but I know they’re wrong!”

By the end of the campaign, Bloodstained had raised over $5.5 million, proving that fans were still hungry for this type of experience. Two years later, Bloodstained is still in development but is inching closer to a 2018 release.

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The game tells the story of Miriam, an orphan who has been cursed by an alchemist and is slowly turning into crystal. The young woman must fight her way through a castle full of demons and other creatures of the night to find a cure. The plot and setting are as Gothic as it gets, and the presentation and gameplay—the side-scrolling combat, creepy monsters, and role-playing elements—all harken back to the golden age of Metroidvania.

Here’s everything else we know about the game:

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Release Date

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will arrive on June 18 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and on June 25 for the Nintendo Switch. Both the Wii U and PS Vita versions of the game have been canceled.

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Trailer

The latest trailer arrived during the Feb. 2019 Nintendo Direct:

This gameplay trailer emphasizes the game’s art style and combat techniques by showing off large portions of a cathedral stage and even offering us a glimpse of one of the game’s boss fights:

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Here’s gameplay footage from the E3 2016 demo:

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In the pitch video below – which is quite quaint, with its low-fi special effects – Igarashi talks enthusiastically about his project. On the Kickstarter page, you’ll find more of the project’s plans, including its addition of crafting to the platforming mix, and the now-confirmed presence of David Hayter as one of the main voice actors.

That Bloodstained has already enjoyed a storming amount of support pretty much guarantees that we’ll be hearing more about it soon.

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John Saavedra is Games Editor at Den of Geek. Read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @johnsjr9