Bloodstained Delayed to 2018

Another day, another Kickstarter game releasing way later than originally expected.

It looks like Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, the highly anticipated Castlevanian title coming from the former Castlevania series producer Koji “IGA” Igarashi, won’t be releasing anytime soon, as Igarashi posted an update to backers of the project stating that the game will be coming out at some point in 2018.

“To ensure the game meets his quality standards, IGA is bringing on additional developers and has moved his estimate for the game’s release back to the first half of 2018.”

The statement reads, “The last thing I want to do is keep our backers waiting, but after receiving such incredible support, I feel responsible for delivering the best product I possibly can. Again, I offer my sincerest apologies.”

The 2.5D platformer received an overwhelmingly positive response when it was first announced, with many noting that it looks to be a more colorful continuation of the long-dormant Castlevania series. IGA is directing, producing, and he’ll handle the role of scenario writer on Bloodstained. Music will be composed by Castlevania series composer Michiru Yamane.

Of course, while it’s always disappointing to hear that a highly anticipated game has been delayed, it would be even more unfortunate if Bloodstained were to come out sooner and feel like an incomplete game. It’s also probably a good thing that IGA didn’t give an exact Bloodstained released date, given the recent happenings with other Kickstarter games. Here’s to hoping that the lengthy delay actually results in a formidable title, unlike the numerous delays we saw with Mighty No. 9.

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