There’s something weird about seeing an off-brand Castlevania game under any banner besides Konami, but series producer Koji Igarashi is taking his spiritual successor, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, to another publisher in 505 Games.
An announcement trailer spells out all the details, and fans need not worry about interference on any part. 505 Games has a strong reputation as an indie publisher, and it has led to many hits like Terraria and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. It also made headlines recently by matching the crowdfunding goal for Indivisible, effectively doubling the game’s budget at close to $4 million in exchange for publishing rights.
Igarashi himself seems pleased with the deal, as explained in the video above.
Although we have started this project through Kickstarter, we wanted more people to play now that we are in full production. However, we believe this isn’t possible with our power alone. We are so grateful that a publisher with a vast marketing power such as 505 Games will be working with our small production team.
Despite its record setting Kickstarter campaign, Igarashi recently had to delay Bloodstained into 2018 due to budgetary restrictions and his small work force. Having a publisher on hand will only help this game meet its full potential.
It’s only a matter of time before we return to Castlevania! Well… sort of. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS Vita, and PC in 2018.