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Development on Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is Roughly 20-30% Complete

Full Disclosure: I have financially backed Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on Kickstarter.

Despite having been funded over two years ago on Kickstarter, we’ve learned that Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night may not be as far in development as we previously thought.

The news comes via an interview between Famitsu and game creator Koji Igarashi at this year’s BitSummit, who confirmed development on the game is roughly 20-30% complete. To compare, development on the game was roughly 10% done during last year’s BitSummit.

Igarashi noted that he is going to increase the pace of development, and that they dropped the Wii U version for the Nintendo Switch because the game is developed within Unreal Engine 4 – which the Wii U doesn’t support. He also noted the difficulty in porting the game to the Wii U from PC, in comparison to other platforms.

In total, the game raised over $5.5 million on Kickstarter alone during its crowdfunding run, plus whatever extra from Paypal.

Igarashi noted that Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is still on track for a release sometime next year, across PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch. Finally, Igarashi also teased showing the game off at this year’s E3, as a considerable number of backers are from North America.

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29 comments
  1. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    May 24, 2017 at 11:07 am

    If we apply proportionality the game is likely to release 2019.

  2. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    May 24, 2017 at 11:12 am

    To be fair, game development speeds up in the second half. Though I wouldn’t be surprised to see this get another delay. Take your time, pay attention to what happened with MN9 and try to avoid repeating that mistake and we’ll be good.

  3. Just Some Guy
    Just Some Guy
    May 24, 2017 at 11:21 am

    “Sink! Sink!” The Mighty No. 9 and Yooka Laylee backers screamed.

  4. PixelBuff
    PixelBuff
    May 24, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    >announced in 2015
    >only develops about 10% per year

    Friendly reminder kickstarter is, and will always be cancer. Enjoy your game in 7-10 years.

  5. Androzz
    Androzz
    May 24, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    You mean Unreal Engine 4? there’s plenty of Unity games on Wii U…

  6. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    May 24, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Bah, you’re right. It was a careless mistake on my part – fixed!

  7. luggage lad
    luggage lad
    May 24, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    If it turns out great, I’m OK with waiting for it

  8. Nagato
    Nagato
    May 24, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    As a MN9 backer, I think I speak for most of us when I say that our hopes are now riding on Bloodstained instead.

  9. GameZard
    GameZard
    May 24, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    I am glad that I did not fund this game. I am expected this to be just as bad as Mighty No9.

  10. Magnifico Ginormous
    Magnifico Ginormous
    May 24, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    How far along would this be if it was actual 2D with sprites rather OMG so AAA 3D powered by Unreal Engine 4?

  11. Sean Sharpe
    Sean Sharpe
    May 24, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Kickstarter was pretty great when it came to games like Wasteland 2, Divinity: Original Sin, and the like.

    Seems like anything not a CRPG fails with crowdfunding.

  12. Slizzl
    Slizzl
    May 24, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    At least the main character is cuter than Beck.

  13. OSad
    OSad
    May 24, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    I played the demo and it seemed pretty alright. Take all the time you need, I guess.

  14. RichardGristle
    RichardGristle
    May 24, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Depends. At the rate they’re going, if it was rotoscoped pixel art like KOF XIII or something then they’d probably still be creating the basic models.

  15. RichardGristle
    RichardGristle
    May 24, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    The demo was actually fantastic though, unlike MN9 which always came across to me as a pile of hot trash.

  16. 2501
    2501
    May 24, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    I think Hollow Knight has killed all my interest in this game.

  17. Joel Leonheart
    Joel Leonheart
    May 24, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    I guess if this turn’s bad one way or another (I really hope not) this will be my first & last kickstarted project I ever back… I sincerely hope it will turn out great ~_~

  18. Captain Vidya
    Captain Vidya
    May 24, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Shovel Knight did fine, though. I think the problem is kickstarters that try to promise too much like what MN9 and Yooka-Laylee did. Bloodstained seems a bit more modest compared to those two with what it’s promising. It’s promising “another Igavania” rather than “the spiritual successor to that the publishers don’t want you to have, look at all the stuff we’ll have, just like the old games and more!”

    I played the demo of Bloodstained, and I think it seems pretty good. I’m hoping that it does well.

  19. CrusaderEsper
    CrusaderEsper
    May 24, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I would rather the game be delayed than suck. The demo was pretty good so I have decent hopes.

  20. s_fnx
    s_fnx
    May 24, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Bloodscammed 2: Scam of the Night.

  21. Deathtone
    Deathtone
    May 24, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    I’d rather it be delayed and be good than be done quick and be mighty no 9

  22. InkBrush
    InkBrush
    May 24, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Some gut feeling is telling that they are somehow gonna fuck it up.

  23. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    May 24, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    What the hell, 30%??? I hope I don’t add another dud to my KS belt.

  24. sdrawkcab gnitirw
    sdrawkcab gnitirw
    May 24, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Well you know, Pareto principle and all that, if they did the heavy lifting first, it should be ready for next year.
    That said, no high hopes, I only backed for the sweet ass Ayami Kojima art.

  25. FailDRE86
    FailDRE86
    May 24, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Fate of the KS model now rests on your shoulders Iga

  26. Magnifico Ginormous
    Magnifico Ginormous
    May 25, 2017 at 2:20 am

    I’d go with just higher quality takes on what they were already doing with their Castlevanias.

  27. Alice
    Alice
    May 25, 2017 at 6:06 am

    What happened to the 2D sprites again? This look horrible. Glad I didn’t back it. 2024 launch.

  28. Shattno
    Shattno
    May 25, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Hollow Knight turned out pretty good. Besides, the speed of the development has little or nothing to do with the fact that it was crowd funded.

  29. sAy_YaS
    sAy_YaS
    May 26, 2017 at 11:50 am

    By the time it actually comes out it’ll be releasing on last gen consoles.