ArtPlay sets Bloodstained release date for June

Long-awaited Kickstarter project finally approaches release

505 and developer ArtPlay have confirmed their side-scrolling action RPG, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will release in June.

The game will be released digitally for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on Steam and GOG on Tuesday, June 18, followed by Nintendo Switch on Tuesday, June 25.

Finally, retail editions for PS4 and Xbox One will follow on June 21 and Switch on June 28.

Bloodstained is a spiritual successor to Konami’s Castlevania series, helmed by series producer Koji Igarashi. The game was funded in 2015 after a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign which raised some $5.5 million.

Since then, the game has slipped from its original release window of March 2017, to 2018 and beyond.

In November 2018 it was announced that Shantae developer Wayforward had been signed up to assist with the development of Bloodstained.

Ritual of the Night is set in 18th century England in a demon-infested castle. Players take on the role of Miriam, an orphan with a curse which slowly crystallises her body.

To save humanity and herself, Miriam must fight through the castle while collecting, crafting and unlocking a vast array of weapons, equipment and loot, in typical Metroidvania style.

A new trailer released today highlights the improvements made to the game during its years of development, including enhanced lighting, graphics and newly composed music from Michiru Yamane (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night).