Although it has taken longer than expected for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night to release, the Castlevania-esque title is finally just a few weeks away. For Kickstarter backers this has been a particularly grueling wait, as the game has undergone several delays and design changes.
But now, with Bloodstained almost here, the folks behind the game are ready to talk about post-release downloadable content and support for the game. Specifically, publisher 505 Games has detailed what types of free and paid Bloodstained DLC players can expect.
In the weeks and months after Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night’s release on June 18th (June 25th for the Switch version), players will see the addition two new playable characters, local and online multiplayer modes, a roguelike mode, a chaos mode, a classic mode, and a boss revenge mode. Many of these features were part of the Stretch Goals for the Bloodstained Kickstarter campaign, which has over $5.5 million pledged and over 64,000 backers to-date.
For paid DLC, Bloodstained will offer players the Iga’s Back Pack downloadable content for $9.99 and it will include a new boss fight and Swordwhip weapon. The DLC is meant for diehard fans of the Castlevania series, as the boss is a game-ified version of Koji Igarashi, the man behind numerous Castlevania games and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.
505 Games had to tread carefully when announcing this DLC because the Swordwhip and Iga boss fight were originally meant to be backer exclusive rewards. But after a survey of backers, the pledges decided it would be okay to offer the content for $10 to honor its value and their support. And for the developers it was an opportunity to ensure that any Bloodstained player can access all of the game’s content at launch or down the road. It was an issue Friday the 13th ran into with its Savini Jason skin, which was accidentally offered to all players for free despite being a backer-exclusive reward.
For now, the focus is on getting Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night in the hands of backers and interested gamers, but it’s nice to know there are more experiences planned for the future. And those that do want to take on Koji Igarashi and get the Swordwhip for defeating him will be able to.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night releases June 18, 2019 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and June 25th for Nintendo Switch.