It’s not in the near future, but waiting is half the fun.
If you’re a fan of Castlevania, then Bloodstained may ring more than a few gothic church bells. There’s a reason for that though — it’s the debut independent work from Koji Igarashi, a creator almost synonymous with Konami’s horror-themed action platformer franchise. It’s also exploded onto the gaming scene, attracting more than double its Kickstarter goal in just one day — after Igarashi was repeatedly told by traditional games publishers that players were no longer interested in his style of games.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night currently sits at a very comfortable $1,279,983 (£816,239) from an initial goal of $500k (£319k). Presented as a 2.5D scrolling platformer, the game is set to echo Igarashi’s earlier works, blending exploration, puzzle solving, and real-time combat, while introducing RPG and crafting elements. It’s currently set for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, but backers will be in for a long wait — Igarashi is currently aiming for a March 2017 release.