Love ’em or hate ’em, crowdfunded games are here to stay, with Castlevania successor Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night picking up the crown as the most-funded video game in all of Kickstarter history.
It’s like a big-bucks game of leapfrog – fans have now pledged more than $4.25 million towards Bloodstained development, with 24 hours left to go. The studio – lead by Koji Igarashi – originally asked for a relatively humble $500,000, which was achieved in less than one day.
Bloodstained puts gamers into the shoes of Miriam, who has acquired special skills thanks to the crystals fused with her skin.
The project has already hit a number of stretch goals – a Vita and Wii U port of the game and an online challenge mode among them – and has named several more. If fans pledge US$4.5m, Bloodstained will also receive a prequel mini-game for PC and consoles. At $4.75m, the prequel will arrive on portable platforms as well… and at $5m, we’ll be given roguelike dungeons as standard.
At this stage, we’re looking at a March 2017 release date, which may be a placeholder, but it’s the closest thing we’ve got to a release window. It’s now heading to PS4, Xbox One, Vita, Wii U and Windows PC.
While obviously the game is well and truly funded, if you want to get in on all the pledging action, head to the Kickstarter – a pledge of as little as US$28 will get you a copy of the game, while the limited release $10,000 tier will earn you dinner with Koji Igarashi at a “horror-themed restaurant”, an opportunity to play games with him on a livestream, plus a number of other nifty bits and pieces. You will have to get to Japan yourself, of course.