Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night teases summer release date

The Kickstarter-funded side-scroller from Koji Igarashi inches closer to a release after years in development.

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Of all the successfully-funded Kickstarter projects incubating in development, Koji Igarashi’s Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has fans incredibly anxious to hear news on an official release date. During today’s Nintendo Direct event, it was revealed that the side-scrolling action game will arrive sometime this summer for the popular handheld console.

Back in 2015, the game raised a record 5.5 million dollars on Kickstarter. Creator Koji Igarashi is most famous for being the mind behind the classic Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and promised fans a modern take on its gameplay and design. Initially planned to be released in 2017 across a wide berth of consoles and the PC, the game was delayed into the first half of 2018. In August of 2018, the PS Vita, Mac OS, and Linux versions of the game were cancelled and the release date shifted again into 2019.

Mixed in with a load of new game announcements, the first-ever footage of Bloodstained was shown during today’s Nintendo Direct. It would appear that the fast-paced action is running smoothly on Nintendo’s handheld (unlike a few games shown during the presentation). Fans and Kickstarter backers have reason to be optimistic for the Switch version of the game.

Prior to today’s reveal, no other version of the game had an official release date and it is unclear if all versions will be releasing simultaneously. If this will be the case, Bloodstained fans on all platforms have reason to be elated at the news Nintendo dropped during the presentation.

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