Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a side-scrolling action role-playing game developed by game studio ArtPlay and published by 505 Games. The title is the brainchild of legendary game developer Koji Igarashi, creator of the ‘Igavania’ game genre. Igarashi served as the lead producer on various titles in the popular Castlevania game series. Much like the Castlevania games, Ritual of the Night is a side-scrolling action RPG title rendered in 3D detail in a 2D side-scrolling setting.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night takes place in 18th century England, where a paranormal force has summoned a castle overrun by demons. The appearance of the castle reveals crystal shards infused with incredible magical power. Players will take on the role of Miriam, an orphan cursed by alchemy. The curse slowly crystalizes her body, giving her the ability to conjure spells, utilize weapons and special items. Miriam must fight through the large castle in an attempt to save humanity and herself, collecting countless weapons, loot and equipment to aid her on her quest to defeat the summoner Gebel and his demons.
The game is created with player freedom in mind, letting the player choose and customize their own play-style. The single-player story experience comes with alternative endings, adding replayability to the game. The developers will release over a dozen post-launch downloadable content at no extra cost, which includes online and local co-op modes.
Other post-launch game modes include the ‘rogue-like’ mode, boss rush mode, chaos mode and a nightmare difficulty setting. The game also includes secret playable characters, giving the player an extra incentive to revisit the game after initial completion.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will be available in South Africa on 21 June 2019 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and on 28 June 2019 for the Nintendo Switch.
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