Any fan of the “Igavania” genre of Gothic, exploration-focused action platformers knows of the upcoming Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night as the chance spiritual successor to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. With the renowned Koji Igarashi at the creative helm (and musical composition by both Michiru Yamane and Ippo Yamada), this imaginative 2.5D side-scrolling game quickly became one of the most funded games on Kickstarter and has received more than $5.5 million (USD) pledged by eager fans. After an overwhelming show of support, publisher 505 Games and developer ArtPlay have finally announced the release of a new beta demo available to backers of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night at the $60 (USD) level and above.
The demo was originally shown at this year’s E3 in a private showing and now is available as a digital download on Steam for PC. Players will be treated to refined content and features, while previewing new enemies and NPC’s and taking a deeper look at the game narrative and quests. The demo places players on a sailing ship upon dark and stormy seas before progressing through a village and into a dark castle setting. With new characters, enemies and bosses along the way, this demo should give backers a more concrete look at the progress of the game. And for the very first time, players will also be able to experience alchemy and crafting available in the game. While looking for supplies, drop by the shopkeeper/exorcist (in case you need to buy exorcisms) Dominique to stock up on various goods to aid in your journey.
The Bloodstained team is still developing the game, but with the E3 reception having gone so well, Igarashi-san himself looks forward to fan reception, “we’re ready to share the newest content and features with our great community of backers so we can source their input as well, which is immensely helpful to us as we continue on our journey toward launch.” Treating player feedback with such respect bodes well for Bloodstained in its continued development. To access the beta demo, qualified backers must redeem their provided download code via Steam. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will release for PlayStation4, PS Vita, Nintendo Switch, Steam and Xbox One.