Castlevania designer Koji Igarashi, also known as IGA, has just revealed his next game in development, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, on Kickstarter.
The details of the game are as follows:
An exploration-focused, side-scrolling platformer featuring RPG and crafting elements.
Koji Igarashi, the namesake of “Igavania”-style games, is leading the project, with Michiru Yamane composing the music and Inti Creates leading the development.
If funded, the game will be developed for XBOX One, PlayStation 4, and PC. For the first time on Kickstarter, backers will have the option to receive actual PS4 / XB1 / PC retail discs.
As far as the plot of the game:
You are Miriam, an orphan scarred by an alchemist curse which slowly crystallizes your skin. You must battle your way through a demon-filled castle summoned by Gebel, your old friend whose body has become more crystal than flesh.
The goal of the Kickstarter is to reach $500,000 [Update: This has now been reached], but there are a few stretch goals. Namely, the option of having a second playable character, a harder difficulty mode (Nightmare), and even hiring David Hayter, formerly the voice of Solid Snake of the Metal Gear Solid series, as a voice actor for the game.
Igarashi is most known for being the assistant director of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and was producer of the Castlevania series starting from Castlevania Chronicles up to Castlevania: Harmony of Despair. Igarashi left Konami in 2014, joining the video game studio ArtPlay as Representative Producer and one of its founding members. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is their first game.