Koji Igarashi and 505 Games get a big boost in the development of the Castlevania successor title, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Revealing the announcement on their Kickstarter page, Igarashi is pleased to have developer WayForward join the team. WayForward is behind the creation and development of the popular Shantae game series.
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WayForward is top-teir when it comes to side scrolling games and their inclusion will help make Bloodstained a much better game. They are also helping to fix any bugs that pop in the game. WayForward created Shantae for the Game Boy Advance in 2002 but it received limited acclaim as it was one of the last games developed for the system. They released three more games afterward, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse and Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. The latter title was a crowdfunded via Kickstarter.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night synopsis:
Bloodstained follows the protagonist Miriam, an orphan who was taken in by an Alchemist guild and subjected to experiments that cause her to crystalize as the result of magi-crystals, crystalized demonic energy, being transplanted into her body. The ordeal placed her in a ten year coma, awakening to find her condition temporarily halted by an alchemist named Johannes who was against the guild’s act to summon demons to their world, though his treatment can be averted should Miriam assimilate too many crystal shards from defeated demons. To prevent the outbreak of demons and end the curse while retaining her humanity, Miriam ventures into Demon Castle to confront Gebel, another of the alchemists’ magi-crystal experiments who lost his humanity and summoned the demons to change the world.
See Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Kickstarter page for more details on this wonderful union and a new enemy concept from Igarashi-san.