Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Bloodstained: Castlevania successor gets Ayami Kojima cover art

Update 26.05.15: The online response to Bloodstained, the new game from Castlevania series designer Koji Igarashi, has been positive to say the least.

The gothic platformer's Kickstarter campaign still has two weeks to go, yet it's already soared passed the $2.5m mark - more than five times its initial $500,000 original goal.
As the funding continues to roll in, Igarashi's announced that acclaimed artist Ayami Kojima - whose work was a feature of the Castlevania games from 1998 onwards - will be returning to provide some cover art for Bloodstained. It should be pointed out, however, that the cover art will only appear as a bonus outer sleeve, which will be sent to backers who pledged $100 or more.

Quite why Kojima's art can't be used on all the physical copies of the game isn't clear, though it could be due to some sort of prior agreement with another artist. But for the Castlevania series' dedicated legion of fans, Kojima's involvement is further sign that Bloodstained will be the rebirth they've been waiting for. If you're unaware of the artist's work, here's an example of her distinctive style:


You can read more about Kojima's involvement, plus a reveal of a few new Bloodstained monsters, in this Kickstarter update. Bloodstained is currently pencilled in for release in March 2017.
Original story 12.05.15: Over the past few days, a project tantalisingly codenamed Igavania has gradually proliferated across the web. Everything pointed to a new game from Koji Igarashi, the director of numerous Castlevania entries since the classic Symphony Of The Night - more than likely a spiritual successor to those games.

As it turns out, this is exactly what we're getting. Yesterday evening, Igarashi formally unveiled Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night, a 2.5D platformer in the mould of the gothic action games Igarashi once created for Konami. It's a partnership between Igarashi, Inti Creates - the dev team behind, among other things, Keiji Inafune's Mega Man successor, Mighty No. 9 - and indie publisher Nicalis.

Bloodstained has also launched its Kickstarter campaign, which managed to rocket past its $500,000 minimum goal within a few hours and broke through the $1m barrier in a single day. Given that there's nothing to see of Bloodstained, other than a handful of concept images, reveals just how much hunger there is for another game in the vein of Castlevania.

In the pitch video below - which is quite quaint, with its low-fi special effects - Igarashi talks enthusiastically about his project. On the Kickstarter page, you'll find more of the project's plans, including its addition of crafting to the platforming mix, and the now-confirmed presence of David Hayter as one of the main voice actors.

That Bloodstained has already enjoyed a storming amount of support pretty much guarantees that we'll be hearing more about it soon.

Bloodstained is currently scheduled to appear on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Mac, PC and Linux.


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