Bloodstained retro-themed spinoff revealed at BitSummit

This past week at BitSummit,  Inti Creates debuted a trailer for Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, a retro-inspired, supernatural side-scrolling action game set to arrive on May 24.

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You couldn’t do this boss on an NES

Curse of the Moon comes as a bonus release to Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night thanks to a very successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015. One of the promised stretch goals for the Ritual of the Night Kickstarter project was a prequel tie-in title, and the release of Curse of the Moon fulfills that promise while Ritual of the Night is slated for release later in 2018.

If you’re not in the know on the background of Bloodstained, the project lead is Koji Igarashi, long-time veteran designer of the Castlevania series at Konami. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is designed to be a spiritual successor to the later Castlevania games, including broader exploration and RPG elements. The retro-inspired prequel Curse of the Moon, however, looks to draw its inspiration from the earlier games in the Castlevania series, most notably Castlevania III on the NES, featuring character swapping on the fly as well as 8-bit style graphics and sound.

bloodstained curse of the moon trailer alfred character

Alfred the alchemist is one of four playable characters

With the release of Curse of the Moon, the developers not only look to be tying Bloodstained to the Castlevania legacy, but establishing a legacy all its own, too. It’s also a bit of a middle finger pointed in Konami’s direction. Right on, Igarashi-San.

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon is scheduled for a digital release on May 24 on PS4, Xbox One, PC (Steam), Nintendo Switch, 3DS and PS Vita for $9.99.


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