This is news we’ve been expecting for quite some time, and the day is finally here. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night‘s Wii U version has officially been scrapped, and director Koji Igarashi will now focus on the Nintendo Switch version instead.
Bloodstained wrapped up its Kickstarter back in 2015 when the Wii U still had life and the Nintendo Switch was still a rumor with the mysterious NX label hovering above it. While we know the real reason is because nobody wants to release Wii U games anymore, Igarashi states on the Kickstarter update page that the cancellation happened because it has become “difficult to receive the necessary support from the hardware maker.”
Meaning, even Nintendo doesn’t want to release Wii U games anymore.
During our Kickstarter campaign, the Wii U was at the height of its popularity, but the situation has drastically changed after the release of Nintendo Switch.
This change made it difficult to receive the necessary support from the hardware maker, which has led us to drop the Wii U development and shift the development to Nintendo Switch.
We are very sorry that it has come to this after all your support, but we hope you will understand. We would like to respond by preparing options for our backers, such as moving your pledge to another version or requesting a refund if you don’t want any other version.
Other platforms remain unaffected by this decision
Igarashi points out that the cancellation of the Wii U version will only affect the focus on the Nintendo Switch build. As for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PS Vita and PC versions, they are continuing as planned.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a throwback to the Castlevania games made in the mold of Symphony of the Night, especially those found on the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. Having it playable on a portable Nintendo platform just seems like a natural fit.
The game is expected for release on all platforms in 2018.