Few upcoming games created as many waves as Koji Igarashi’s Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. First, many were shocked to see the developer leave Konami, the owners of the famed Castlevania franchise Igarashi had become famous for revitalizing and leading through a golden age. However, Konami seemed to have little interest in delivering a worthwhile successor to fans of the gothic horror/action franchise, so Igarashi set out on his own and launched a Kickstarter for Bloodstained which would go on to rake in an astounding $5.5 million.
So far Igarahi has seemed dedicated to keeping gamers in the loop and showing that his team is going to put the money to good use. Last month, he revealed that the game world would dwarf that of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and just recently he has shown off a new character who will be joining the fight against evil. Though this new character doesn’t have a name, his design shows an interesting fusion of European and Japanese aesthetics. The character’s sword and shoulder and arm guards look like they came straight off a samurai, while his jacket looks more like an 18th or 19th century European military uniform. Igarashi explained the character will wield two swords and use a magic based on ofuda, Japanese charms claimed to have protective or luck granting properties. In terms of the character’s history, Igarashi also stated he is a veteran of the war against the demons, having battled them in an attack ten years prior to the start of the game.
Ever since the Kickstarter finished, Igarashi has been letting little tidbits loose every so often, so be sure to keep on the lookout for more news regarding Bloodstained.
Source: Nintendo Everything