Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is well on pace to breaking the record as the most funded game in Kickstarter history, and it now has two new audiences it can swoon into donating. The Wii U port has officially been secured thanks to funding passing the $3 million mark, and now Koji Igarashi intends to dangle the carrot in front of the PlayStation Vita crowd.
Yup, my crowd. This situation just got very real. When funding hits $3.5 million, the spiritual successor to one of my favorite and most defining franchises, Castlevania, will be coming to my number one gaming platform these days.
Armature, the company working on the Wii U port, will also handle the Vita port. The Kickstarter update claims that most of its previous games have been released on the Vita, so it has plenty of experience working with the console.
In addition to this exciting news, a halfway point at $3.25 million will add an asynchronous multiplayer option that includes:
- “Borrow” a friend’s character stats for a certain amount of time (your friend will get a bonus)
- Ghost Data (See friend’s saved character movements while fighting a boss)
- Friend’s playthroughs affect your game in some way (e.g. a gravestone and an offering might mark the spot where your friend died)
- Plus another surprise that we’ll unveil soon…
Further surprise stretch goal are being teased at the $3.75 million and $4 million marks. If Bloodstained ends up shooting the moon, then it will be in very close contention to toppling Torment: Tides of Numenera’s record of $4,188,927.
Bloodstained sits as of writing at $3,030,011 with 12 days to go. Think it can make it? I must say, I didn’t believe Castlevania had the allure that it once did to secure this kind of funding. Maybe we can lay the success at the feet of the team that planned such an excellent campaign… that and the $28 base buy in.