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A new Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night development update has been published on the official Kickstarter page. In a post primarily handled by creator Koji Igarashi, the Japanese voice cast is introduced.

Voice actors for eight different characters are now known. Another actor is also named, but the character he plays is currently a secret. We’ll be hearing about him “soon”.

Here’s the full lowdown from Igarashi:

Inti Creates was originally involved with the primary development of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. That’s not the case any longer, however.

The Bloodstained confirmed on the game’s forums that Inti Creates left the main project last E3, though they’re still on board for the “prequel mini-game.” DICO has since taken over Inti Create’s role. ArtPlay is also still the main developer.

Here’s the update on Inti Creates and the overall development team:

Despite what we heard last year, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night may not opt for a staggered content model. If this is something the team decides to pursue, some features and content may come after the game’s launch.

That seemed like the plan back in 2016. However, creator Koji Igarashi has now said that a definitive decision has not been made. It’s something that’s being considered, and though the approach has certain benefits, “it’s something we’ll have to discuss later.”

Igarashi told Apptrigger:

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was shown off during Twitch’s E3 2017 live stream a short while ago. Take a look at the recording below.

GamesBeat has posted a video with extensive gameplay from Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Get a look at 13 minutes of footage below.

The official E3 2017 trailer is now live for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. View the game’s new trailer below.

Today’s trailer shows the new “Church” map and improved environments over earlier demos. We can also see added skills for Miriam including Spear Throw, Resist Holy and Optimizer, as she uses new weapons including her Whip, Rapier and Katana to challenge the brand new boss Bloodless.

Koji Igarashi has talked about his upcoming Kickstarter project Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night at the recent BitSummit event in Kyoto. He revealed that development of the game is roughly 20 to 30% complete and he has acknowledged that he needs to “increase his pace” if he wants to complete the game by its intended release date of 2018. Igarashi also stated that the reason the Wii U version was cancelled was because the Wii U would not be a relevant system anymore in 2018. Since the game is using the Unreal engine and is being ported from PC, developing the Switch version is a lot easier. Finally, he’s thinking about showcasing the game at E3 since there are a lot of North American backers (although it is not clear if he meant this year’s E3 or next year’s).

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As part of the latest Kickstarter update, the team behind Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is revealing a trio of characters today. We’re introduced to Dominique Baldwin, Alfred, and Anne Knolles.

Below are the introductions for each:

Dominique Baldwin
Age: 25
An exorcist dispatched by the church, she supports Miriam as the shopkeeper. She speaks in a posh way, but she treats everyone kindly. While the church believes Miriam and Gebel to be demons, Dominique trusts them as human beings. In order to foil Gebel’s ambitions, she asks her old friend Johannes to summon Miriam.

Alfred
Age: 57
Alfred is one of the alchemists responsible for the demon-summoning uproar ten years ago. He was Johannes’s mentor, and a father figure to both Johannes and Miriam, but he’s lost his former self as he heads to the castle seeking the Book of Logaeth in Gebel’s possession. Quite and intelligent, Alfred’s alchemic ability was unmatched even among his fellow alchemists.

Anne Knolles
Age: 12
A village girl whose parents were murdered. Anne was saved by Dominique and Miriam when demons attacked her village. When Dominique is out of town, Anne looks after the shop. She is a bright and cheerful girl.

That’s not the only news on Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Developer Koji Igarashi has answered several new questions in a video, posted below.

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The team behind Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has made it official: the game is heading to Switch. Additionally, plans for the Wii U version have been cancelled. News about a Switch version of Bloodstained first emerged earlier this month.

In a Kickstarter update, it’s noted that “the situation has drastically changed after the release of Nintendo Switch.” It made sense to include Wii U during the campaign as Switch wasn’t in the picture at all, but that’s no longer so. “This change made it difficult to receive the necessary support from the hardware maker, which has led us to drop the Wii U development and shift the development to Nintendo Switch,” the Kickstarter update reads.

Those who supported Bloodstained on Kickstarter can change their backer survey platform from Wii U to Switch or any other version. A refund should also be possible under most circumstances.

Read the full Kickstarter notice about Bloodstained on Switch below.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is coming to Switch. In an official news notice sent out to system users via Nintendo of Europe, the game’s logo is featured alongside several other titles.

You can see Bloodstained’s logo in the second to last column below, towards the middle. The graphic is similar to what was sent out a few days ago following the Nindies Showcase, but Bloodstained’s inclusion is new here.

Bloodstained was originally targeted for Wii U. But since the title won’t be arriving until the first half of 2018, the team probably felt that moving it over to Switch would make the most sense.

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