'Castlevania’ Producer Ditches Konami, Secures $1 Million In Kickstarter Funding For ‘Bloodstained’

Koji Igarashi of Castlevania fame is getting back in the game development saddle, though he's not designing another Castlevania title, nor is his next project for Konami. You may recall that he left Konami just over a year ago to form his own studio and for the opportunity to develop the types of games he wants. And what he wants is a throwback to the side-scrolling platformer days, which he's resurrecting through Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.

According to Igarashi, he's found partners willing to support his vision with funding, but only if he can prove there remains a demand for side-scrolling platformer titles. To do that, he's turned to Kickstarter where the project has already amassed nearly $1.4 million, far exceeding Igarashi's $500,00 goal. There are still 31 days left to go.


Igarashi describes Bloodstained as a "new action adventure game in the gothic horror style." It will include lots of exploration with RPG and crafting elements. Your role in the game is that of Miriam, an orphan scarred by an alchemist curse that's slowly crystalizing your skin. You'll face a barrage of demons as you battle your way through a castle summoned by Gebel, an old friend whose body is no more crystal than flesh.

At nearly $1.4 million in funding, several stretch goals have been unlocked. For example, the game will now include a Nightmare difficult mode, voice acting by David Hayter, a second playable character, cheat codes, local co-op, and more.

Having reached the funding goal, Bloodstained will release to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam (PC/Mac/Linux). If you want to back the project and/or sneak into a reward tier, go here.