Castlevania: The Bloodletting is the commonly used name among the fandom for a canceled Castlevania game that was intended to be released for the Sega 32X add-on for the Sega Genesis console sometime in 1996 or 1997. A single sprite for three characters are all that remain of this game. Through later interviews with IGA, it has been revealed that the game was intended to feature Richter Belmont, Maria Renard, and a rival to Richter.
Although announced for the Sega 32x (including two reported, although currently unrecovered, screenshots), the game soon disappeared from the radar. Sometime thereafter, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was announced for the Sony PlayStation. Several members of the development team that was working on "Bloodletting" eventually became the team at work on Symphony of the Night, and their work was later used in part or in whole in that game (again, the similarities to some sprites would help to point in that direction). The sprite for the rival was reworked from Richter Belmont's original sprite in Castlevania Dracula X: Rondo of Blood, while the new Richter sprite later became Fake Trevor's.
See also Bloodletting Artwork
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- Castlevania: Rondo of Blood - "The Bloodletting" was intended to be a sequel to Castlevania: Rondo of Blood.
- Castlevania: The Bloodletting (fangame) at Castlevania Fan Wiki - A fan game created by Piscesdream featuring Harker Belmont, son of Richter Belmont, and a re-imagination of what Bloodletting might be like