2015 seems like it’s going to be the year of the spiritual sequel. Former developers of games like Banjo-Kazooie and Mega Man are hitting Kickstarter and getting large payouts to make the successors Yooka-Laylee and Mighty No 9, respectively (and respectfully). And now the next huge developer to hit the crowd-funding slopes is Koji Igarashi, former producer of over a dozen Castlevania games following Symphony of the Night.
The new game is to be called Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, because well, of course it is. The title is slightly gory, and has a subtitle with “of” in the middle. It’s a solid, if not expected, title. I think like half the people on earth would have written exactly “Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night” if you would have asked them what a not-Castlevania Castlevania would be called. But no matter, I’m just as excited as the next slobbering fanboy to see what Iga pulls out of his gothic-inspired hat.
The project destroyed its goal of $500,000 and pulled in over a million during its first 24 hours. Right now it sits at 1.5 mil and still has a month to go. The only thing I find odd about the project is that not only is there zero gameplay to show, but even the amount of concept art presented is nearly zilch. I’m sure their excuse would be that they don’t want to give anything away, and it’s not that I don’t trust the people behind the project, it’s just that I want to see some sweet post-Konami-vania action right now! Oh well—guess we’ll all just have to wait for the backer emails to start trickling in…
Here’s the project.