Ex-Castlevania boss launches 8-bit Bloodstained precursor

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One of the stretch goals for the Kickstarter was an 8-bit-style mini-game for consoles and handhelds - a game that was announced today. It became one of the top selling games of the company.

You might remember that the Kickstarter campaign for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, the platformer from Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi due out later this year, was the most successful video game crowdfund on the platform, raising more than $5.5 million (it's since been usurped by Shenmue 3). Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon will be available for $9.99.

"By default, your Retro spin-off game platform has been changed to Steam".

"I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon". Parallel to that, Koji Igarashi's Castlevania throwback is set for a release too.

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Koji Igarashi, a Japanese developer who is well-known for his work on the Castlevania series and is now developing Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, talked about the upcoming spin-off in an official trailer. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon has been inspired by a legendary 2D action games from the 80s.

One particular backer, Stephan Sokolow, explained why people prefer DRM-free versions of games and the principle behind the desire to own such copies, writing... Like Ritual of the Night - which is expected to drop sometime in 2018 - it'll also be heading to Nintendo Switch, but 3DS loyalists can look forward to the retro charm too.

Fans are obviously not happy about this turn of events, and have been expressing their displeasure on the comment threads, forum boards, and backer sections for Bloodstained, but so far it doesn't sound like Artplay or Inti Creates will be budging.

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