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Today at the BitSummit, Inti Creates revealed a whopper of a twofer with some fantastic new titles. One is the long awaited retro demake of Bloodstained, called Curse of the Moon. It features multiple playable characters, a NES artstyle bursting with personality and multiple endings. You’ll take control of not only Miriam, but also Zangetsu, Alfred and Gebel. Each will have distinct ways of playing, as well as unique subweapons. Best of all, each character also provides you with an additional life as you adventure, as well as unique ways to navigate stages to find less dangerous routes. And if you’re not confident in your abilities, you can choose to play in the Casual mode, which is far more forgiving. Curse of the Moon was made in tandem with the great Koji Igarashi, in case you were wondering why it so effortlessly evoked that Castlevania vibe. It’s also slated to release for a host of systems – Steam, 3DS, Vita, PlayStation 4, XBox One and Nintendo Switch. But the best part about it? Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon releases in just a couple short weeks, on May 24th for only $9.99! That’s fantastic news for fans of retro and especially Bloodstained.

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But I mentioned two games, and the other one is no less exciting. Inti Creates created the popular Azure Striker Gunvolt series, and it has a new game with a surprise protagonist. None other than Copen gets the spotlight in the upcoming Gunvolt Chronicles – Luminous Avenger iX. Far less is known about this title, as it is still in development. So I can’t tell you much about it, other than it looks gorgeous and is headed to the Nintendo Switch! Sad as I am to see the 3DS get less support these days, I’m also very happy to see amazing titles on my Switch. More details will be revealed about Luminous Avenger iX this Summer, so stay tuned to discover what’s brewing over at Inti Creates.

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I am personally very excited for both projects, especially the new entry in the Azure Striker Gunvolt series. Though I knew about the Bloodstained retro game for a while, I was blown away by how soon it’s releasing. Inti Creates proves once again that they know retro gaming, which is why we keep covering them. Stay tuned to oprainfall for more info as it hits, and you can also read Inti Creates’ full press release below!

Greetings from Kyoto!

At BitSummit, Japan’s biggest indie game event, we were pleased to reveal for the first time today not one, but TWO brand new games: “Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon” and “Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX”

“Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon” is the title that we originally promised to make in tandem with Koji Igarashi during the Bloodstained Kickstarter campaign back in 2015. Mr. Igarashi’s unmatched experience with these kinds of games combined with our staff’s talent and enthusiasm for the project created a game that feels both nostalgic and like a fresh new experience at the same time.

Curse of the Moon is packed with the retro charm that made the legendary 2D action games of the 80s so enjoyable. Take control of one of four characters that can be interchanged at any time during gameplay: The sword-swinging exorcist Zangetsu, the whip-wielding heroine Miriam, the magic using alchemist Alfred, and Gebel, who can turn into a bat and take to the skies. You can experience multiple endings depending on how you interact with the characters you meet.

Luminous Avenger iX is a new title in the universe of the Gunvolt series, which began with 2014’s Nintendo 3DS eShop title “Azure Striker Gunvolt,” which was followed by 2016’s “Azure Striker Gunvolt 2.” This new title sees Gunvolt series anti-hero “Copen” take the starring role. The Inti Creates team is hard at work on this project centering around this popular character from the Gunvolt universe, and more details are to be announced this summer, so look forward to hearing more info soon!

Josh Speer
Josh is a passionate gamer, finding time to clock in around 30-40 hours of gaming a week. He discovered Operation Rainfall while avidly following the localization of the Big 3 Wii RPGs. He enjoys SHMUPS, Platformers, RPGs, Roguelikes and the occasional Fighter. He’s also an unashamedly giant Mega Man fan, having played the series since he was eight. As Head Editor and Review Manager, he spends far too much time editing reviews and random articles. In his limited spare time he devours indies whole and anticipates the release of quirky, unpredictable and innovative games.