Koji Igarashi launched a project on Kickstarter to present and crowdfund for his project, a successor of the classic Castlevania game. He called the sequel Bloodstained and it seems to be highly similar to its old ancestor.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night still carries whips, magical weapons, undead warriors and gothic style visuals.
Media sources reveal that with his new initiative, Igarashi tried to prove to the public that classic games are still cool when it comes to challenges and gaming skills.
His startup for Bloodstained gained more than one million dollars in a single day. However, opinions are contradictory among gamers. Some say that the direction the series has gone lately is rather disappointing, as the substance has been transformed into a commercial hunt for success.
Players are rewarded outside game rules for the simple act of sharing a word about the game through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Koki Igarashi has been working for Konami, a giant game company famous for the Castlevania release, among other popular names. He is known for his contribution to many Castlevania game series and trusted for the capacity of using his gained know-how to envision an upgraded version.
The success registered on Kickstarter signals the enthusiasm in people. Bloodstained could simply be what fans were hardly waiting. A new Castlevania launch could redefine standards in the gaming industry.
The idea took shape when Konami stopped asking for Igarashi’s contribution on the Castlevania games. He was instead assigned to another position – social gaming. The skills required didn’t match Igarashi’s potential so he saw himself forced to leave and try to define an upgraded version of Castlevania on his own.
The initial goal was to raise $500.000 and get ready for a timid launch but the outcome was even more promising than anticipated. The high rate of success and popularity allows for rapid development.
Igarashi is doing both crowd and venture funding by launching a kickstarter to reveal the large number of gamers thirsty for the kind of games he makes. He wants to develop such games and adapt them to PC’s, Mac OS, Linux, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Critics in the media have very positive reviews on the project. They say it’s a great Kickstarter pitch, a very powerful start and there are also some very good premises for development. Sticking to the progressive side of things, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is expected to be launched in March 2017.
It would have been nice for Castlevania to keep its old and juicy name. Konami still owns the rights of the franchise though, which forced Igarashi to entirely change Castlevania for Bloodstained: The ritual of the Night.
The game unfolds in a gothic landscape, set at the end of the 18th century. The central character is Alchemist Guild, a cruel organization that spreads stories of demons set to destroy the world if mankind continues to see science as a new religion.
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