Koji Igarashi has announced his spiritual successor to Casltevania.
For the uniformed, Koji Igarashi was the man who directed Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, which is one of the games that led to the “Metroidvania” genre. He left Konami last year, and has now announced what his new project will be.
It is called Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and is very heavily inspired by Castlevania. It will feature similar combat and exploration, but will also have a crafting system. The game centers on a cursed orphan, named Miriam, who makes her way through a castle. A 2017 release date is expected, and it will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
The game is being funded through Kickstarter. About four hours after the page went live, the game hit its goal. The funding will continue for another 32 hours. If the money continues to flow this much, Bloodstained may end up as another Yooka-Laylee sized success.
I enjoy Metroidvania games, and one developed by a founding father of the genre excites me. I have actually never played Symphony of the Night, although I will fix that soon.