After a long period of silence, Koji Igarashi-san has finally given us an update on his Kickstarter funded project, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Earlier this month, he attended SXSW in Austin Texas where he talked about the upcoming features and plans for his spiritual successor to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. One of the features discussed is the game’s crafting system which allows players to craft items and food. What is unique for Bloodstained is that consuming food now offers a permanent stat boost as opposed to a temporary boost. This means, like weapons and armor, the character can become stronger through food consumption as well. Another feature is a redesign of the boss character, Vepar. The changes were implemented in response to community feedback. March was spent with recording the English cast. The list of voice actors is impressive.
Main character Miriam will be portrayed by Erica Lindbeck, whose work include Futaba Sakura in Persona 5 and Menat in Street Fighter V.
David Hayter has extensive work in both gaming and anime. His roles include Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid), The Castle of Cagliostro (Lupin III) and Bernard Wiseman (Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket). He will play Zangetsu.
Voice actor of Final Fantasy XV’s Noctic Lucis Caelum and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders’ Rubber Soul, Ray Chase takes up the role of Gebel.
Also from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Ben Diskin, who voices Joseph Joestar in the series and Sai in Naruto Shippuden, will portray Johannes.
The lovely Dominique will be voiced by the lovely Fryda Wolff. She voices Mira in Killer Instinct.
Kari Wahlgren, Haruko Haruhara in FLCL and Fate/Zero’s Saber, takes on the role of Gremory.
Rena Strober plays the young maiden Anne. She was Esmeraude in the English dub of Sailor Moon Crystal.
Alfred (not Bruce Wayne’s butler) will be portrayed by Christopher Swindle (Ragebyte in Transformers: Robots in Disguise).
Rounding out the list is Alucard himself, Robbie Belgrade. He voiced the Son of Dracula in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Robbie is also the announcer for Tekken. He will play the Mysterious Man. Who could that be? Maybe Alucard could make an appearance? Mysteries abound.
And last but certainly not least is a man who has an extensive history in voice acting. From games to movies to anime, he is one of the most proficient voice actors out there. Fred Tatasciore has been called in to be the Coachman. His list of characters is extensive. Fred’s roles include the Hulk in numerous Avengers animated series, Soldier 76 in Overwatch, Saren Arterius in the Mass Effect series and Santa Monica Studios’ God of War series as Ares, the Barbarian King and Zeus.
Now, there is a demo planned for Bloodstained, however, it is a “Beta Backer Demo”, meaning that you have to foot the bill in order to play the demo. Every backer who puts out $60 or above, regardless of chosen platform, will receive a STEAM code via email that will enable them to download the demo and play it on PC.
The main cast has been sorted out but there will be more characters to be revealed. As far as a release date for the game itself, that will come at a later date. In the meantime, check out the video below as the actors assume their roles.
For more info and updates, go to Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night’s Kickstarter!