Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is an upcoming 2-D Igavania-styled game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, OS X, Linux, Switch and PS Vita. It is being directed by Koji Igarashi, the acclaimed director of the Igavania sub-genre of games. It is the spiritual successor of other famous works by IGA, like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
- You are Miriam, an orphan scarred by an alchemist curse which slowly crystallizes your skin. You must battle your way through a demon-filled castle summoned by Gebel, your old friend whose body has become more crystal than flesh.
- The team behind this game includes people who had major involvement on the development of numerous Castlevania titles:
- Koji Igarashi, who had worked on numerous Castlevania titles since Symphony of the Night (as the Assistant Director) and the Producer from Chronicles up to Harmony of Despair.
- Michiru Yamane, the Sound Producer of Castlevania titles for more than a decade.
- Ayami Kojima, the illustrator / character designer of Castlevania games starting with Symphony of the Night.
- The game borrows many 2-D role playing game elements featured in the Igavania titles, such as the overall platforming gameplay, layout of the maps, experience-based level-up system, and the ability to equip weapons. Recent updates also included the following elements, entities and features similar to some titles of the Castlevania series.
- As seen on the E3 2016 Demo, Miriam can gain new combat abilities and spells by defeating certain enemies and absorbing their power as her own. This concept is similar to Soma's and Shanoa's specialties.
- The game's setting itself is similar to Dracula's Castle.
- Enemies are based on supernatural entities such as monsters, and other mythical creatures, a theme common in Castlevania lore.
- The female playable character Miriam, bears a resemblance to Shanoa, particularly on the fact that she has Glyph-like tattoos on her left shoulder and back.
- In its Kickstarter video, Koji Igarashi portrays Dracula, sits on a throne, and does the classic wine glass-throw as seen in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
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