Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night & # 39; s Kickstarter page revealed that the 2D action platform now comes out in 2019. The spiritual successor of Castlevania had to be released this year. Producer Koji "Iga" Igarashi also revealed that the Vita version of the game no longer exists.
Iga used to work at Konami, where he was a producer of many of the non-linear Castlevania games (which contributed to the creation of the Metroidvania term, which describes this kind of 2D exploration based platform games). Iga left Konami in 2014 to start Art Play, which in 2015 received more than $ 5.5 million in crowdfunding on Kickstarter for Bloodstained.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch and PC. When the Kickstarter campaign started, the Vita was still a viable platform. But Sony has stopped supporting its portable computer, making the idea of bringing out a Vita game unattractive for most studios in 2019.
Backers who have signed up for the Vita version can choose a new platform or request a refund.
In May Bloodstained received a digital prequel with Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon. While Ritual of the Night follows in the footsteps of Castlevania games such as Symphony of the Night, Curse of the Moon was inspired by the more linear, 8-bit entries in the series, such as Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse. We loved the updated, yet nostalgic look at the classic Castlevania action.
But Ritual of the Night is a Metroidvania, a genre that has had a great year with games like Dead Cells and Yoku's Island Express. Blood stained can remain strong next year with the release of 2019.