505 Games and ArtPlay have released another free update to Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, adding a Classic Mode and a crossover with Kingdom.
The main highlight of the update is Classic Mode, which is inspired by Metroidvanias of yesteryear. In this mode, Miriam is limited to a sword and whip, and must fight through five stages with five sub bosses before confronting Gebel. You can acquire powerful limited use items to help you, but you can only carry one at a time. This mode also features a retro-inspired UI and effects.
The other part of this update is a crossover with Kingdom: Two Crowns, which includes a new level and boss. Upon defeating this boss, you will be rewarded with the Archer Familiar Shard, which will follow you around shooting at enemies.
You can read more about the update here, and find the trailer for it below.
You can find the rundown (via Steam) below:
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is the FULL game experience, an exploration-focused, side-scroller action RPG packing all of the best features you’ve come to know and love from the Metroidvania genre into a single, content-packed game.
Play as Miriam, an orphan scarred by an alchemist’s curse which slowly crystallizes her body. In order to save herself, and indeed, all of humanity, she must battle her way through a demon-infested castle summoned by Gebel, her old friend whose body and mind has become more crystal than flesh.
WHAT’S IN THE GAME?
13 FREE DLCs via future content updates. “Speed Demon” Update containing Speed Run Mode, Boss Rush Mode and the Pure Miriam outfit available at launch!
Addictingly tight and satisfying gameplay alongside a rich new story in the gothic dark fantasy style of Koji Igarashi, the celebrated godfather of “Igavania” games.
Story cut scenes and NPC interactions fully voice acted by a star-studded cast, including actors like David Hayter, Ray Chase and Erica Lindbeck to name just a few. (Seriously, we have a lot of voice acting star power in this game, it’s kinda nuts…)
Three playable characters, two of which have yet to be revealed…
Literally a metric ton of weapons and spells, which you can upgrade, level up and visually customize.
Beautiful 2.5D graphics: 3D models crafted with a lot of love and care on a 2D game environment. That means lots of cool tricks that “regular” 2D can’t do…
Expect a worryingly large amount of announcements and updates, everything from updating the look of this Steam page to the game in general. It’s going to be one wild ride.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is available on Windows PC (via GOG, and Steam), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android, and iOS. If you missed it, you can find our review here (we highly recommend it!).