Symphony of the Night Producer's New 2.5D Platformer Funded in Under Four Hours

Plus, Koji Igarashi's development team explains why the platformer may not be released for Nintendo platforms.

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The Kickstarter campaign for Castlevania mastermind Koji Igarashi's next game, a 2.5D action platformer called Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, has exceeded its funding target less than a day.

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The campaign went live at 10 AM PDT / 1 PM EDT and reached its $500,000 target at 1:34 PM PDT / 4:34 PM EDT.

Funding will continue until June 12, leaving plenty of time for additional money to come through to help unlock Ritual of the Night's various stretch goals.

They include the following:

  • $600,000 -- Artbook upgraded to hardcover
  • $700,000 -- The introduction of a second playable character
  • $800,000 -- A "Nightmare" difficulty mode
  • $850,000 -- Voice acting from Metal Gear Solid veteran David Hayter

You can secure a digital copy of Ritual of the Night for a minimum pledge of $28. Now that the $500,000 target has been met, backers will have the option of selecting a physical disc across all platforms.

In Ritual of the Night, you play young orphan girl named Miriam who has been scarred by an alchemist curse. The game is set in a "demon-filled castle," not unlike Igarashi's most iconic work, 1997's Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

Ritual of the Night is scheduled to launch in March 2017 across PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Explaining why the game is not coming to Nintendo platforms, developer Inti Creates (Mega Man 9, Mighty No. 9) said: "We can't afford to create the two separate versions of this game that would be necessary to make it run on every console."

At the same time, the developer teased: "We've heard legends about a remarkable treasure hidden in the castle basement..."

For lots more on Ritual of the Night and Igarashi--who quit Konami last year after two decades with the company--check out GameSpot's in-depth interview with the legendary designer.

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