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Crowdfundvania: Castlevania Chap Igarashi's Bloodstained

What is a man?

A new RPG from former Planescape: Torment folks, a new adventure game from Tim Schafer, a new Mega Man from the Mega Man man: some game pitches sound such sure-fire hits and strike such nostalgic nerves that they effortlessly breeze past crowdfunding goals. To that list you can now add a new Castlevania from a big Castlevania name.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night [Kickstarter] is an attempt to make a new explore-o-punch-a-platformer in the Castlevania style, lead by Koji Igarashi. You know, him who co-directed Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. You know, that one with the line about a man being a miserable little pile of secrets. Ooh!

"Publishers of the world told me that gamers no longer care for this style of game," Igarashi said in the pitch video, sat in a high-backed chair in a spooky mansion, then paused to drain his glass. He tosses his glass to the floor, "But I know they are wrong!" He really does this. It is great.

However, that doesn't mean Bloodstained is funded purely by fans. In fact, a large reason for the Kickstarter is to prove to partners that there's interest. As he told Gamasutra, "All I can say right now is that after over a year of talking with just about every publisher out there, I was able to secure funding for about 90 percent of the game with the condition that I prove the market still wants an Igavania game." It feels a bit gross to ask fans for money to win over investors - who might make a profit from backing it, not like you - but here we are.

Anyway, about the game. It sounds like... you know, Castlevania. You explore a sprawling spooky castle as a young alchemist, killing demons, collecting weapons, levelling, gaining abilities, crafting, and all that. It'll have cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes too. Igarashi most famously co-directed Symphony of the Night - the game which reinvented the series - but he occasionally wrote on the series too and produced it for years, up until 2010's Castlevania: Harmony of Despair.

The Kickstarter was seeking $500,000 (£320k) and yep, that's done. With 32 days still to go, it's around $1.2 million and has hit the first set of stretch goals, which included a second playable character, a 'Nightmare' difficulty mode, and hiring David Hayter, the former voice of Solid Snake. The game's coming to Windows, Mac, and Linux. Pledging at least $28 (£18-ish) would get you a copy of the game when it's finished, which is currently slated for March 2017.

As ever, of course, crowdfunding is a risk. But you know that, don't you?

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.