Monday, May 11, 2015
AWESOME Announcement: Bloodstained, Koji "IGA" Igarashi's new "Vania" game
Special Announcement full of AWESOMENESS! Koji Igarashi, the creative force behind Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and the rest of the "Metroidvania" games has finally emerged from the dark recesses of whatever castle he was hiding in to announce his new project. Inspired by Keiji Inafune's success at funding Mighty No. 9 (Inafune's successor to the Mega Man franchise), IGA has hit Kickstarter with his own game: Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. A true successor to the Castlevania legacy. Though there isn't much concrete about the game yet outside of story outlines and concept art, it is clear what this game is: The first true Castlevania game since Order of Ecclesia. It's going too be the labyrinthine, 2D Action Adventure with RPG elements, "Explore-Kill-Loot" addictive joyride that we have come to love from the franchise (that is until Lords of Shadow destroyed all hope).
And if that isn't enough to convince you then listen to this: In addition to IGA at the helm, we have Michiru Yamane, composer for several of the Metroidvania games including Symphony of the Night, and Ippo Yamada, composer for several Mega Man titles including the Zero and ZX games as well as Gunvolt, are writing the music, and if Ippo Yamada's involvement didn't tip you off, the game is being developed for Xbox ONE and Playstation 4 (and for PC) by none other than the masters of 2D action: Inti Creates.
I know some are weary about games on Kickstarter, especially since Mighty No. 9 has been pushed back from it's goal due date of April all the way to September (if that game isn't completely awesome then there is no hope for the world), but Bloodstained just looks TOOO awesome not to fulfill all of the promises made. It's already WAY pass it's target goal of $500,000 and is cranking past $1.1 million as of writing this post. If Psycho Mantis told you that "You like Castlevania, don't you?" then you owe it to yourself and the fans all around the world to help this project. And hey, at $60 you get an special backers only Physical Copy of the game. And who says Digital is the way of the future?
Back this project at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/iga/bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night
Until Next Time.