From Castlevania developer Koji Igarashi comes Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, a brand-new 2D action RPG with the same gothic aesthetic we’ve come to know and love. Bloodstained takes place in 18th century England, where protagonist Miriam has to take down a demon-infested castle while freeing herself from a curse placed on her by an alchemist. The game features 3D models on a 2D plane, which makes for a very pleasing art style, and includes music by Mirichu Yamada, who composed for Symphony of the Night.
The game releases today on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, available for digital download at 7 AM GMT via PSN (in Europe and Asia) and the Xbox Games Store, 1 PM GMT on Steam and GOG, and 5 PM GMT on PSN for North America. If you think that’s a bit hard to follow, take a look at the physical releases: PS4 and Xbox One release today in NA and Korea, Wednesday in Hong Kong and Taiwan, Thursday in Spain, Portugal, and Oceania, and Friday in the rest of Europe. Meanwhile, the Switch version releases online on the 25th, coinciding with its physical NA and Asia releases; while Spain, Portugal, and Oceania get physical copies on the 27th, and the rest of Europe gets it on the 28th. Hopefully this little guide makes getting your hands on a copy a little bit easier.
All standard versions of Bloodstained will cost $39.99 USD. A number of free DLC packs will be released post-launch, which will include online and local co-op and VS modes, a roguelike mode, a boss rush, and more. Also available on PC for an additional $9.99 is the “Iga’s Back Pack” DLC, allowing you to fight Igarashi himself as a boss, who drops the Swordwhip upon defeat. This pack will be available for Switch on June 28th, and other consoles on July 2nd.
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