The maker of some of the most beloved—and best—Castlevania games is returning to the genre with a new franchise.
Koji Igarashi, who began working on the series with Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and was a producer and writer on many other entries over the years, has announced Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. A spiritual successor to Castlevania games, Bloodstained has taken to Kickstarter with the promise of another gothic, exploration-driven title that will hopefully expand the genre even further.
In the Kickstarter pitch video, viewable above, Igarashi says that the Kickstarter is not about funding the game. Rather, it’s about proving to certain parties interested in funding the game that there’s demand, and instead the fundraising campaign will help to pay for the costs of physical discs and expand the scope of the game.
The title will be developed for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC and focus on a character named Miriam, an orphan suffering from an alchemist curse that is slowly turning her body into crystal. Players, as Miriam, must fight through a castle full of demons to survive.
Backing the game at the $28 level will offer players a digital copy of the game, while backing at $60 will provide them with a physical disc copy.
The stretch goals are viewable on the game’s Kickstarter page, along with other unlockable additions that will be based on the game’s social media following.
For more on the game and campaign, Colin Moriarty of Kinda Funny sat down with Igarashi to announce and discuss what’s to come.