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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: RPG/Action
Publisher: 505 Games
Developer: Koji Igarashi
Release Date: June 18, 2019

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'Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night' (ALL) Sells One Million, Reveals DLC Dates, 2020 Roadmap

by Rainier on June 10, 2020 @ 10:47 a.m. PDT

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a gothic, exploration-focused action platformer, designed by Koji Igarashi, known for his work on Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

You are Miriam, the protagonist, is an 18-year-old orphan whose skin is slowly crystallizing in stained-glass patterns, a curse inflicted on her by a corrupt guild of alchemists. The alchemists’ curse is transforming her into the conduit for a demonic invasion — the guild’s punishment for a world that has begun to lose faith in them. You must battle your way through a demon-filled castle summoned by Gebel, your old friend whose body has become more crystal than flesh.

Her friend Johannes, a rogue alchemist who is studying the curse, has learned to slow the spread of the crystallization by drawing runes around the infection sites. With his help, Miriam will explore a massive, demon-filled castle in search of Gebel, her friend and fellow curse bearer who destroyed the alchemists and summoned the castle when he realized the curse had made him something other than human.

The cursed crystals in Miriam and Gebel’s skin are linked to demonic magical powers. With that in mind, I intend to equip this game with many classic gameplay elements as well as a slew of new ones, including a crafting system that will allow players to infuse weapons with magical abilities and a unique skill/parameter system.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is celebrating one million copies sold!

Beginning with Boss Revenge Mode and increased character customization with the Chroma Wheel feature, players will be treated to a steady stream of free content and features throughout the remainder of the year developed to enhance the game experience and offer more ways to interact with Koji Igarashi’s critically-acclaimed indie debut title.

  • Boss Revenge Mode: Players can thank the Kickstarter community for this new free gameplay mode in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night – a direct result of community support in helping the game surpass its final $5.5M stretch funding goal. In this mode, accessible by entering the transition room in-game, players will face off against four in-game bosses fast and furiously to get the best clear time.
  • Chroma Wheel: The salon is back in business with more options than ever in color palette for character customization, including hair, clothing, and skin. Players can return to Todd the Barber, Bloodstained’s demonic scissor-wielding hair stylist, and switch up their look with a true color selector and eliminating pre-set options previously available.

Boss Revenge Mode and the Chroma Wheel feature will be coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One on June 23, 2020, followed by Nintendo Switch in July 2020.

ArtPlay and 505 Games also revealed the upcoming roadmap of DLC coming to Bloodstained throughout 2020.


Key Features:

  • VAST AND DEEP GAMEPLAY – Unlock spells and powers; find, craft and upgrade several types of weapons and special items to change Miriam’s appearance; and mix and match gear and abilities to find your playstyle.
  • HIGH FIDELITY 2.5 GRAPHICS – Everything in Bloodstained is rendered in loving 3D detail on a 2D side scrolling environment that changes and evolves as you play.
  • ORCHESTRAL MUSIC BY INDUSTRY LEGENDS – With music by Michiru Yamane (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night) and Ippo Yamada (Resident Evil), respectively, Bloodstained’s music is an unforgettable experience.
  • IGA’S BIGGEST CASTLEBloodstained’s game world map is the biggest of Koji Igarashi’s entire career, giving fans of his distinct style more to explore and enjoy.
  • MULTIPLE CHARACTERS TO CHOOSE FROM – Aside from the enigmatic Miriam there are secret playable characters awaiting discovery.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is currently available for Nintendo Switch, to PS4, Xbox One and PC (Steam and GOG) at $39.99.


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