Koji Igarashi, best know for creating Castlevania, has gone the Keiji Inafune route in game design and has taken to Kickstarter to develop the games he loves making. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is an “Igavania” game reminiscent of Igarashi’s earlier Gothic platformers, and people seem pretty sold on the project already. Igarashi took to Kickstarter to prove to investors that the game he wanted to make was also the game consumers wanted made, asking for $500,000 from the community to begin development. In less than a day, the Kickstarter not only reached its goal, but doubled it, breaking $1,000,000. As of this writing, the Kickstarter stands at.$1.8 million and counting.

Aside from being a game people clearly want, Igarashi is being smart about how he goes about making it. Michiru Yamane is handling music, as she has for many past
Castlevania titles, and they are teaming up with Inti Creates of Azure Striker Gunvolt and Mighty No. 9 fame (the studio which also happens to be made up mostly of ex-Megaman staff themselves). The game will feature both sword and whip-based combat and generally has the feel of the old Castlevania titles that Igarashi so lovingly crafted. One of the final stretch goals is even an old-style, 8-bit level.

Check out the
Kickstarter for all the details.

Our Verdict


Stefan Terry
One of my earliest memories with games was just after Pokémon had come out in the states for the first time. I remember, after having watched the show for a couple weeks, stumbling across a friend with an original Gameboy playing Pokémon Red version using a Weedle. When he told me he was playing Pokémon, I told him I didn't know there was a Pokémon that had a pumpkin for a head. Boy games have come a long way. Speaking of games, I also contribute to making them somewhat professionally, and ocassionaly write about them. You should see some of that games writing stuff, I hear it's real popular with the kids these days.


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