The last thing any indie game developers want to do is invoke the wrath of Kickstarter backers. For as quickly as they will throw money at you and your idea, they’ll turn in a heartbeat with waves of criticism if they feel that the project is not going as smoothly as it should. Sometimes, these criticisms are well deserved following a lack of updates, and other times, a little patience is required for the developer to make the game as best as he or she can.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night falls into the later of the categories. Director Koji Igarashi, former producer of the Castlevania games, is looking to create an original franchise that can stand shoulder to shoulder with the DS-era Castlevania games and do so with a smaller budget than ever before. No easy task.
However, updates like these are never what backers want to hear. In a recent issue of Famitsu, Igarashi admitted that his record-setting video game was only 20 to 30 percent complete by this point, and when he showed it off last year at BitSummit 2016, it was only 10 percent complete.
So far, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has been delayed once, and Igarashi admits that he’ll have to pick up the pace and turn to his outside help if he wants to complete it by the new 2018 release window.
Bloodstained will be released, don’t worry
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night carries the same amount of weight and emotion that Mighty No. 9 did. An iconic producer of a popular series took his ideas to crowdfunding in an attempts to get back to his roots. Same story! Honestly, I can’t remember exactly when and why the mood soured on Mighty No. 9 so much, but Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, mercifully, has not seemed to have reached that point yet.
I’m positive the game will be released within a reasonable window, but I don’t like to think how uncomfortable things will get if the internet starts to lose its cool over patience. By and large, video gamers seem “over” with the idea of Kickstarter in general, but it also makes sense that they should be “over” blindly bashing people when projects slow down or don’t work out as they hoped.
Give it time. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PS Vita, and PC in 2018.