The reason we haven’t seen the Castlevania brand used for much these days, beyond retro compilations and Netflix anime, is because the series’ creator Koji Igarashi (known to his fans as “Iga”) no longer works for Konami, just as everyone else with talent has fled. That hasn’t stopped him from creating games, though. He may not own the brand, but the genre is free for anyone.

Iga crowdfunded a spiritual successor back in 2015 called Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Now it’s about to be released — four years later. You might be wondering what could have taken Iga so long. Truth is, he had a build running smoothly, but when he put out a preview video, the negative reactions he got spurned him into making improvements. The latest trailer is entirely about this:

You have to admire someone THIS dedicated to his craft. He’s probably also trying to actively avoid what happened to his colleague Keiji Inafune and the Mega Man clone Mighty No. 9. Can’t blame him.

This trailer also reveals the solid release date for Bloodstained: it’ll arrive on Playstation 4, XBox One and PC (Steam and GOG) June 18. The Nintendo Switch version will be out one week later on June 25. No explanation is given for the one-week delay.

The console versions WILL have physical retail releases too, so for once, it is not necessary to camp out at Limited Run early in the morning! The Master of Metroidvania returns next month.

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