A Bloodstained sequel has been confirmed by 505 Games and developer Artplay but we shouldn’t expect it any time in the near future, given that “current development resources are focused on completing” the upcoming content for the original Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. “We have a lot planned for you,” said the two companies in a joint statement.
Last week, Digital Bros, the parent company of 505 mentioned a “second version” of Bloodstained being “in development” in a recently published financial report. When reached for comment, the publisher was reluctant to provide any details, leading uncertainty as to whether this pointed to a “refreshed” re-release of Bloodstained, such as an ultimate edition or director’s cut, or a true blue sequel.
Today’s joint statement provides the confirmation that fans and the media have been looking for. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was released in 2019 following an immensely successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter held by Koji Igarashi, the legendary producer who worked on many influential installments in the Castlevania series, including the seminal Symphony of the Night.
From the start, Bloodstained was conceived as a spiritual successor to the work that Igarashi and his collaborators did on Castlevania while he was still at Konami. The Kickstarter raised more money from backers than any other game in the site’s history, excluding Shenmue III, with over $5.5 million pledged by almost 65,000 backers.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is set in 18th century England in a demon-infested castle. Players take on the role of Miriam, a young woman afflicted with a curse that threatens to transform her body into crystal while granting her unspeakable power. To save herself and humanity, Miriam fights through the castle to defeat Gebel, an individual cursed like her but wishes to bring the world to ruin.
Bloodstained was well received by critics and has sold more than one million copies, generating over $30 million, according to Digital Bros. Christian Pepito at our sister site Sirus Gaming had this to say about Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night: “Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is the perfect game for fans thirsty for Metroidvania games.”