Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, the long-awaited spiritual successor to producer Koji “Iga” Igarashi’s brand of Castlevania games, is coming to PlayStation 4, Windows PC (via Steam and GOG.com), and Xbox One on June 18. Publisher 505 Games and developer ArtPlay announced the final release date for Bloodstained today, also confirming that a version of the game for Nintendo Switch will be released on June 25.
Igarashi brought his “Igavania” game to Kickstarter nearly four years ago, where the game ultimately raised more than $5.5 million in crowdfunding donations. But the game, originally slated for a 2017 release, was plagued with delays and development issues.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night’s release date announcement trailer addresses some of those issues, layering Kickstarter backer and fan feedback — much of it critical — over gameplay footage. The trailer highlights Bloodstained’s visual changes over the years, contrasting old (or “poop”) gameplay visuals with new and improved graphics.
Igarashi and company promise “the biggest [world map] of Koji Igarashi’s entire career,” multiple playable characters, and a vast array of unlockable spells and craftable items. Joining Iga on the project is longtime Castlevania musician Michiru Yamane, who contributed the score to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night stars Miriam, a hero who ventures into a demon-infested castle set in 18th century England to defeat the evil Gebel to not only free herself from a terrible curse, but save humanity as well.