Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is trodding along in development at a slow pace, but at least it’s cranking out some excellent footage to satisfy those of us who really want to play it.
In its E3 2017 trailer, Bloodstained shows off its first boss fight, a grueling test of reflexes and pattern memorization. The heroine Miriam employs all the techniques and tactics of a classic Castlevania protagonist and must duck under bloodsoaked umbrellas to avoid further bloody showers from above.
The demon herself is named Bloodless, and much like Bayonetta, her clothes are entirely stitched together with biological tissue. However, instead of black, silky hair, her dress is made entirely of blood. She can manipulate blood to make weapons, and yes, the game goes to the point where as she bleeds, her dress slowly chips away.
Can’t forget that, I suppose.
If you haven’t guessed, there’s a lot of blood in this game. As for the rest of the footage, the level design is sweet, and I like the character models. However, I would say that the backgrounds could use a little work. I wouldn’t put them on the same level as Mighty No. 9’s finished product, but the detail in them comes up a bit short of the concept art.
The schedule for release is becoming clearer
At least Koji Igarashi and his team have a lot of time to hammer them out. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is playable this week at E3 2017, but the demo is reportedly very short and doesn’t begin to touch on the depths of the Nintendo DS Castlevania games it’s modeled after. There’s still plenty of game behind the curtain you’ll have to wait for.
At his estimation, the game’s alpha build, which will be available for backers, should be complete by August. The full release will happen sometime in early 2018 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.