Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, the side-scrolling action game from former Castlevania series producer Koji Igarashi – also known as IGA – is set to make an appearance at E3 2017, with the game now getting an official trailer for the event that highlights its first boss battle. In keeping with the vampiric themes of the forthcoming release, the boss is named Bloodless, and she has the ability to manipulate blood with her mind.

As seen below in the footage for the first boss battle to be found within Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Bloodless can blast a concentrated stream of blood at players, and can also cause it to rain down from the ceiling. However, fans who are nimble enough will be able to utilize floating umbrellas to avoid taking damage from the blood blasts – that is, when the parasols aren’t closing up to make dive bomb sweeps at the protagonist, Miriam.

In addition to the boss battle, the latest Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night trailer also features segments from the Church map and some of the enemies Miriam will encounter along the way to taking on Bloodless. Abilities such as Miriam’s Spear Throw, Resist Holy, and Optmizer skills are on display, as is her capacity to wield a ranged whip, a rapier, and even a katana.

For those unaware, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was originally slated to release in 2017, but received a delay that pushed it back into the early portion of 2018. This postponement also led to Koji Igarashi announcing the game’s cancellation for the Wii U in order to focus development for Nintendo’s latest console, the Switch.

All things considered, while the most recent trailer for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night definitely shows a lot of potential, it still has a ways to go in terms of polish, as the animations seem to be running a little slower than one would want in a final product. Nevertheless, the game is still in development, and there’s plenty of time between now and its nebulous release window of next year for developers to smooth out any lingering issues. After all, it would be a shame if the game succumbed to being rushed out in a disappointing mess after having been the second highest-earning Kickstarter campaign in history.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is currently set to launch in early 2018 for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Xbox One.

Source: 505 Games – YouTube

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