Bloodstained Release Date Trailer Compares "Poop" Graphics To New Ones

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has undergone several delays, but now it's just around the corner. A new trailer drops a release date for the "Igavania" game--the nickname coined for a Castlevania in the style of creator Koji Igarashi--but it also shows off how the visual style has changed over the course of development.

The trailer (below) gives a release date of June 18 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and one week later, June 25, for Nintendo Switch. But most of the time is spent showing internet naysayers mocking the early graphics, and juxtaposing that old "poop" look with the game as it will release in a little more than a month. Yes, the trailer actually does call the old graphics "poop."

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It doesn't shed much light on the reason for the Switch version following a week after the others. This follows an announcement, from a Nintendo Direct in fact, that all of the versions will be coming this summer.

The Kickstarter for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night promised a game in the style of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, the most famous work from Igarashi. That crowdfunding concluded almost four years ago, so it's spent quite a bit of time in development--so long, in fact, that the target platforms have changed over time. It was originally targeting PlayStation Vita and Wii U, and development started before the Nintendo Switch was even announced, so those plans have shuffled to the new platform. The studio also recently canceled the Mac and Linux versions.

Our recent hands-on showed a game that's right up the alley of classic Metroidvania-style adventures, with some minor trade-offs from taking it 3D. A notably clever 8-bit style prequel is already available on all platforms as well.

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zyxahn

I shouldn't say this because it's been delayed enough already. But, they should make it so you can play in the classic Castlevania style, if you want. Like Dragon Quest for the Switch is going to do. I love the new graphics. Never really been a retro pixel art person.

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EricShadow366

Well...after Mighty No. 9 and [to a lesser extent] Yooka Laylee...I'm nervous on how Kickstarter games turn out...

*deep breath* Fingers crossed...let's hope they knock it out of the park.

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sladakrobot

Ok,i saw she fired a gun at a monster...i am in.

I am not that type of close combat all the time

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The_Dragon_Born

I'm loving the 2.5d. You want the original? Play it. People whine too much.

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Imajinn

As long as it feels like a SOTN successor, the graphics could look like psx graphics. Mind you it looks good and that's a plus. Just be that successor in gameplay first

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Lordcrabfood

So glad I backed this, game looks phenomenal

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SkyHighGam3r

art style looks bad 'cause it's 2.5D....

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Barighm

"Poop!? I will prove them wrong!"

Gotta love Iga. He is going about this the way everyone should: purely for the fun of it. Honestly, I was going to say something about people being too picky but those new graphics really are way nicer.

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gzaface

Day 1, on ps4.

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Thanatos2k

Hope it's good!

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dragonsama

This game is shaping up to be great! It might even be GOTY at this rate

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Blackhairedhero

I have to say Ori and the Blind Forrest really sets the visual bar for 2.5D games.

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JamesBR27

Everything looks and feels good, but Miriam could scream less while she battles.

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Javier

I had no problem with the graphics.
My problem is that she looks like she is skating through the stage.

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Thanatos2k

@Javier: So did Alucard in SOTN as you backdashed everywhere.

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shadowwarrior4

@Javier: lol what ? how much more detail do you want

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Bread_or_Decide

Is it too late to redo the whole game in cuphead style graphics?

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lionheartssj1

Looks more cartoonish, maybe? Colors were brightened for sure, but I'm not seeing very many differences in textures. I'm an untrained hack though, so I could be missing something or many things.

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Barighm

@lionheartssj1: Entire backgrounds were completely replaced with new ones. That's pretty different, methinks.

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lionheartssj1

@Barighm: Yea, those were the only texture changes I noticed.

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Barighm

@lionheartssj1: Also added details. You can now see the creatures' teeth and the effects on special attacks look far more distinct rather than just being a blotch of colour.

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shadowwarrior4

damn about time , nearly five years of development seems fine it just felt too long i am sorry i never gave my money the kickstarter but youll get it fo show now

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Thanatos2k

@shadowwarrior4: Game was kickstarted in May 2015. Exactly 4 is not nearly 5.

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shadowwarrior4

@Thanatos2k: damn you savage bruh

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TwoGirlsOneCub

So they added color to the game? Good move, looks much better.