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Bloodstained hits Kickstarter from former Castlevania Producer Koji Igarashi

Matt Leone has written about games for three decades, focusing on behind-the-scenes coverage of the industry, including books on Final Fantasy 7 and Street Fighter 2.

Following numerous hints over the past week, former Castlevania Producer Koji Igarashi has officially taken to Kickstarter, asking players to fund a 2.5-D action-adventure game called Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.

In 2013, Igarashi left Konami after spending most of his career there. For almost 10 years, he oversaw the company’s Castlevania franchise, and with Bloodstained he’s hoping to create a spiritual successor to that franchise. To do so, he’s teamed with Mighty No. 9 developer Inti Creates and former Castlevania composer Michiru Yamane.


Bloodstained’s story centers around a girl named Miriam who has crystals fused into her skin. Those crystals both give her magic abilities and summon demons, and over the course of the game the player will be able to collect and customize crystals to give Miriam new powers.

Igarashi is asking for $500,000 on Kickstarter, which he says will not be the game’s entire budget. He has set up other investments that will cover the remaining portion of the game’s budget if the Kickstarter campaign is successful.

For more on Igarashi, check out today's feature story following him on a day in his life preparing for this Kickstarter campaign.

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