In a rather neat turn of events, Japanese developer Inti Creates has followed up on the promises of one of its Kickstarter stretch goals for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, announcing an 8-bit prequel that’s going to launch this very month.
Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi is at the helm for this one again, and Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon is a smaller, more linear prequel that relies on old-school platforming and visuals. Perhaps less Metroidvania then, and more like the original Castlevania games, or ‘Igavania’, as Igarashi likes to coin the genre.
Players will step into the well-worn shoes of Zangetsu, a demon slayer carrying a deep grudge who must now trek across dangerous lands in an effort to slay a powerful demon hiding out in an ominous castle. Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before. Still, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon isn’t particularly trying anything new, this is an ode to classic games, albeit with the option to switch between four different characters on the fly, each with unique weapons. Zangetsu himself wields a giant sword; Miriam has a long-range whip attack; alchemist Alfred, who can create clones of himself, a Gebel, who can turn himself into a bat at will.
While older games like this are typically very punishing, each of the four playable characters will act as a life, and these recruited allies can now continue the fight in Zangetsu’s place.
The reveal trailer is out now, just skip to 1m30 if you want to get straight to the game itself.
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PlayStation Vita, on May 24th, priced at $9.99.