After a significant Kickstarter effort that collected over $5.5 million, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was ultimately released in 2019.
Veteran Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi even oversaw this project. It is the series’ spiritual successor, particularly to games like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night by Konami.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was a success despite having a difficult post-launch period plagued by bugs and difficulties, notably on the Switch.
Since the game’s release, its creators have kept up support for it by releasing several updates and patches to address bugs that the original version of the game had.
Due to these improvements, several new playable characters have also been introduced to the game.
Bloodstained: RotN and Child of Light, a Ubisoft game, collaborated earlier this year. The award-winning indie game Journey will be the source of yet another crossover for the Castlevania spiritual sequel.
There is a brand-new location that can be explored in this Journey crossover, according to a recent blog post on the Bloodstained: RotN website.
On August 23, this region will be added to the game, promising a boss and level design reminiscent of the venerable independent title by Thatgamecompany.
This is evident in the pictures, including the recognizable desert, mysterious passageways for players to explore, and a boss battle reminiscent of some of Journey’s scarier guardians.
The guardian is a dragon-like beast, and if a player succeeds in defeating it, they will get a unique equipable item that Journey also inspires.
Players need to have released Gebel and access to the Den of Behemoths to enter this section. Once that is finished, a new chamber that holds the entrance to this new section will be indicated on the map.
The achievements or map completion % of the main game won’t be affected by this additional region, and the future update will also fix several other problems.
The article explains that the Bloodstained: RotN creators are avid Journey fans and are thrilled to see players explore this new region. Given that Journey will commemorate its tenth anniversary in 2022, this upgrade is timely.
The team is working hard to finish Bloodstained: RotN’s current roadmap while also beginning work on a sequel. The following upgrades are planned for this year’s fall and winter.