Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon will be out this month

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Koji Igarashi’s Kickstarter for an exploration heavy Castlevania throwback Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is set for release later in 2018. But a stretch goal reward for one of the most successful crowdfunding titles of all time will reach your unholy game devices sooner than you might expect. The spin-off title Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon was just announced in Kyoto at BitSummit, and it will be yours to possess forever in just a few weeks. Inti Creates is putting out the 8-bit whip-em-up which was listed on the Kickstarter page as a mini-game. How “mini” this game is might be up for interpretation.

You’ll play as Zangetsu who is, as demon slayers come, both someone who loves to slay demons but who also feels a real need to slay demons, based on some past trauma. Could Zangetsu possibly work through these emotional scars in group therapy? Probably. But, for the sake of entertainment value, Zangetsu will travel across haunted lands to defeat a powerful demon lurking in a dark castle. Does the evil demon rent the castle or does he own? This may all be beyond the bounds of the 80s style platformer.

The characters you meet along the way can join your team. They each come with their own set of skills which can open up parts of the map — like some type of Metroidvania? Wowzers. The number of characters you add to your roster also changes both the difficulty of the game and the endings, which is, pretty dang cool actually.

Again, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is due later this year, and has a gorgeous evolution of the formula from the more exploration heavy Vania titles, but What A Terrible Moon To Have A Curse has a classic Castlevania 3-ish look about it. And that game was my jam. So I’m maybe more excited for this.

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon will release on all platforms on May 24th. You can pre-order on Steam right here.


  1. BruceyPoo says:

    My girlfriend was looking over my shoulder while I was browsing and said, “Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon? That’s a game about menstruation, isn’t it?”

    • Rinox says:

      At first glance I read “Curse of the Month”, which produced the same reaction in me. Seems like a bit of an unfortunate title/translation. :-)

      • Vodka, Crisps, Plutonium says:

        Without any double-check, my gut feel tells me that the words “moon” and “month” are not far off in terms of their etymology.
        Probably has something to do with the fact that moons is how people have been measuring the time periods (no pun intended, Jesus!) before the calendars became a part of everyman’s everyday .life

  2. NailBombed says:

    Welllllll now. That looks all kinds of awesome.

    Seeing as Konami can no longer be trusted with the Castlevania franchise these days, I am looking well forward to Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night and this intriguing Gaiden game looks like it will be the closest thing to real Castlevania since Adventure Rebirth.

  3. Dominic Tarason says:

    Inti Creates are at their best when they’re working within a familiar structure. Mighty No.9 was them being told that they could do anything without limits and it all went a bit haywire, but their official demake, Mighty Gunvolt Burst, was a significantly more enjoyable game.

    • Kitsunin says:

      Wasn’t Mighty No.9 mostly Comcept’s doing? Or is it the same people?

      The Gunvolt games have always been excellent, and I expect this to be as well.

      • Dominic Tarason says:

        Quite right. Comcept licensed the characters to Inti-creates, who went and demade the game and polished up the systems.

        Turns out there was a decent game there all along. It just needed cutting free.

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