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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

When Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was playable at PAX East 2019, some concern came about after fans went hands-on with the Switch build. Based on what was at the event, the game just didn’t run as well as it could.

505 Games has now shed light on what happened. Switch units at the show apparently overheated, which “caused the game to drop frames and not run as smoothly as we would have liked.” The same build as well as future builds have been “much more stable when the console isn’t overheated.” Continued optimizations have also taken place.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has received new b-roll gameplay straight from 505 Games and ArtPlay. Check out the footage below for a look at The Tower of the Twin Dragons.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was finally playable on Switch at PAX East. Unfortunately, impressions haven’t been entirely positive – largely due to performance.

USgamer says Bloodstained felt “choppy and unpolished” on Switch. The site also highlighted “terrible input lag, slowdown, and an inconsistent frame rate”. You can see some footage here.

GameXplain has shared some off-screen footage of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night from its PAX East 2019 demo. View the gameplay below.

505 Games and ArtPlay published a new video for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night that gives a look at the game’s visual improvements compared to last year’s E3. Check it out below.

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has been revealed, which was painted by ArtPlay’s Mana Ikeda. Get a look at the packaging image above.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night launches on Switch this summer.


505 Games and ArtPlay issued a new gameplay trailer for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Have a look at the video below.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night creator Koji Igarashi took to Kickstarter this week as part of the game’s latest news update. In the new post, Igarashi went over another gameplay system: creating shards from crafting.

Here’s the full rundown:

It seems like we are finally getting close to the release of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Koji Igarashi’s spiritual successor to the Castlevania series has recently been rated by the ESRB. Usually, this means that a game is at least somewhat close to being released as a near-final build had to have been submitted to the ratings board. Bloodstained has received a “T” rating for “Blood, Partial Nudity and Violence”. Here’s the ESRB’s rating summary:

This is an action role-playing game in which players assume the role of Miriam, a cursed orphan who must battle her way through a demon-infested castle. As players traverse side-scrolling environments, they use swords, spears, pistols, and whips to battle fantastical creatures (e.g., harpies; spiked armor; demon-like birds, rodents, dogs) in melee-style combat. In one sequence, players encounter a boss character emerging from a bathtub full of blood; her magic attacks can cause blood to rain down on players and stain the walls and ceilings. Another sequence depicts an impaled corpse, with blood flowing heavily into a large fountain pool. The game also depicts a topless female boss creature (no discernible nipples).

Officially, the current release date for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a vague “2019”. In late December last year, Igarashi said that the game’s development “has reached its peak”. Hopefully, a final release date announcement isn’t too far off now.