Owners of Nintendo’s latest console can view news stories and information ‘directly’ from Nintendo, through a dedicated news channel accessible from the home screen. In an effort one might describe as ‘preaching to the converted’, Nintendo advertised 60+ indie titles coming to Nintendo Switch, complete with a graphic of several video game logos. Amongst the pick ‘n’ mix bag of indie games were already known hits such as Shovel Knight, The Jackbox Party Pack 3 and RiME. However amongst them was previously unconfirmed Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, visible in the image below in the fourth row, second from the right. This is the hugely successful Kickstarter project of famed Castlevania series producer, Koji Igarashi. To give a sense of the popularity behind the game, of the $500,000 the Kickstarter set out to collect, it only raised $5.5 million. So not much.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a gothic horror game, heavily informed by the ‘Metroidvania’ style gameplay that Igarashi is known for. Currently slated for 2018, players can expect a 2.5D action platformer that encourages combat, exploration and re-treading old ground through the main character’s upgraded abilities and your own ingenuity. The only thing darker than the game’s tone are the chances it’ll still come out on the Wii U.
Bloodstained with follow in the footsteps of other Kickstarter video game revivals. Whether it will turn out as broken as the widely panned Mighty No. 9, or as inspired as the critically impressive Yooka-Laylee is anyone’s guess. But with those forebears, and the quiet mutterings of Shenmue 3 in the distance, it seems like the future of the past is now.