Koji Igarashi’s long-waited and also long-delayed, Castlevania successor Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is available to play now. A new Bloodstained launch trailer has also been released, which revealed that Bloodstained will receive 13 free DLC updates post-launch, adding features such as local and online multiplayer, “nightmare” difficulty, speed run mode, the game’s character customization, an interesting retro-themed stage, a surprise guest playable character and more.
Created by former Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is described as a spiritual successor to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night in terms of gameplay. The 2.5D, side-scrolling RPG follows the story of Miriam, an orphan who has to fight her way out of a castle full of demons, applying powers derived from cursed crystals on her body. You also will be able to play as Zangetsu from Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon at launch.
The game is close to but not quite Castlevania. “On the whole, though, the classic sensation of quick, piston-tight platforming and combat has made the transition [to 3D]. Miriam’s variety of weapons feel alternately light and swift or heavy and thumping. The level design pitched a good balance of graceful platforming, tough combat, and occasionally a blend of both.”
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The Nintendo Switch version will launch next week on Tuesday, June 25.