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After years of excitement, delays, more excitement, and more delays, Koji Igarashi’s action RPG, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, is finally available for Nintendo Switch. Launched for PC, PS4 and Xbox One last week, Switch gamers can now grab a physical or digital copy. But there’s something extremely important to do first.
Before we get to the release details, here’s a summary of the game for those who recently hit their head and lost all memory of the last four years.
Conceived by the legendary Koji Igarashi, the renowned godfather of the beloved Igavania genre, and featuring music by Michiru Yamane (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night) and Ippo Yamada (Resident Evil), Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a modern, side-scrolling action RPG experience that will satisfy long-time fans of Iga’s previous work, as well as entice players new to his legacy. Everything in Bloodstained is rendered in loving 3D detail on a 2D side-scrolling environment that evolves as players progress through the biggest game map of his career, giving them more to explore and enjoy.
Set in 18th century England, where a paranormal force has summoned a demon-infested castle, revealing crystal shards infused with tremendous magical power, players of Bloodstained take on the role of Miriam, an orphan scarred by an alchemist curse which slowly crystallizes her body, enabling her to use spells, weapons, special items and abilities to tailor the game to their playstyle. To save humanity and herself, Miriam must fight through the castle while collecting, crafting and unlocking a vast array of weapons, equipment and loot to defeat the summoner Gebel and the countless minions and bosses of hell that await.
Countless minions and bosses of hell? Sounds like everyone gets to experience the average workday at Pure Nintendo!
A couple of things to know before you buy and play the game. First, your purchase provides only the single player story, but forthcoming free DLC will add online and local co-op and VS. play, as well as a roguelike mode, boss rush, chaos mode, and Nightmare Difficulty.
Second, there’s a known bug that can make game progress impossible. If you’re buying the physical edition be sure you upgrade the game before playing. You should be good if you’re going digital, but be sure you’re at least running v1.02 to be safe.
Armed with that knowledge, U.S. gamers are free to grab the game for $39.99 from the Nintendo eShop or pick up a physical copy wherever finer games are sold. Releases in other countries will follow this week. For more information, visit www.playbloodstained.com.