We knew it was coming. It was always just a matter of when. Ex-Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi launched a Kickstarter for his spiritual successor, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, yesterday to the tune of $500,000, and wouldn’t you know it? It’s already a success!
Fans flocked to the popular game producer, and Bloodstained picked up the $500,000 it needed to succeed in under four hours! As of writing, it sits at a comfortable $1.3 million with 31 days remaining, and it only has stretch goals to go. The current highest has been met, but more are sure to be added.
As for the game itself, it very much looks to be in the vein of Igarashi’s work at Konami. It looks like a Castlevania game down to its gothic art, character design, and use of sprites. Remember how Mighty No. 9 was created to represent Mega Man? Well, this dances even closer to its obvious source of inspiration.
Mighty No. 9’s Inti Creates will also be leading with development.
Igarashi’s Kickstarter pitch is also as tacky as they come, something a man of his reputation could only pull off. We might never see another Castlevania game again, but I am now ready to lay the excellent franchise to rest knowing that its producer can keep its legacy alive through indie channels.
These big Kickstarters are often mirrored by another campaign during their runs, and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night shares the stage with former Rare developers as they raise money for Yooka-Laylee. It too was as success within the first few hours and is on its way to becoming one of the biggest successes in the website’s history. It’s wonderful when legendary game designers can rejuvenate their visions with the aid of fans, don’t you think?
Speaking of which, trust me when I say the first chance Hideo Kojima gets at following in the footsteps of his former Konami co-worker Igarashi, he’s going to take it. He’ll be on Kickstater within a year if he is indeed out of work.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will be released for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.