Sword or Whip…Which will you chose?
Even though this is not a retro video game it’s hard not to get excited by it.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is being called the spiritual successor to Castlevania.
What more needs to be said?
Visit Koji Igarashi’s Bloodstained Kickstarter campaign and have a look. You’ll notice that pledges have blown the roof off the pledge goals. Like 20k+ others I have signed up for this next chapter 🙂
I am very much looking forward to my March 2017 Physical PS4 copy.
I’m surprised (but not surprised at all) it hit its target in a few hours because it’s going to be Unreal 4-powered AND “2.5D” at that, two things some classic gamers probably dislike to some degree. But Igarishi’s fan base and the Castlevania crowd can’t be stopped when they see something from the master. Between this and that Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter (former Rare staff making a 3D platformer) getting funded within a day, it looks like the old school isn’t dead while newer games struggle to get attention.
THAT said, the numbers of people so far on both games contributing is considerably LOWER than you’d see for a AAA game that gets a year’s worth of pre-release hype. Of course, those numbers WILL grow by leaps and bounds during the campaign. But I don’t think you’ll see 5 million backers or close to that unless the game gets a retail release. Some people still want to walk into a shop and hold that package as opposed to getting it in the mail. At least you can be a pickier collector and choose a package that’s not mangled in any way, lol.
To me this means that the traditional way of the industry expecting “Hollywood blockbuster” opening numbers in the millions is gone for good. Games need to sell not based on hype and marketing but by quality first and foremost. Of course, that the KS page thanks all the marketing teams on it in a big way means I don’t know what I’m talking about at all, heh.
Anyway, I should probably start saving up for that PS4, as between this game, Project CARS, The Witcher 3 and some others on the way, it’s time to make the plunge.
I really do love crowd funding for this kind of thing. It really does make it possible to bring to life games that would otherwise never happen.
We’re getting a Castlevania style game with a physical release! How sweet is that?! 🙂
I think this also really helps AAA games as well. The more options I have in the variety of games I play the more willing I am to look at yet another first person shooter.
And who knows, maybe this kind of thing will wake up big boys like Nintendo and get them doing more with the franchises we love.