Publisher Digital Bros is Being Cagey About It
A lot of Kickstarter games spearheaded by classic industry figures turned out to be disappointing, but Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has largely avoided that curse. The game was Koji Igarashi’s first project after his 2014 departure from Konami, made a lot of sales, is still getting attention, and spawned a successful 2D spin-off series in the form of Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon and its sequel. One thing it hasn’t received, however, is a true sequel. This may soon change: in its latest round of fiscal results, Digital Bros–505 Games’ parent company–included a bullet point in its Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night slide that mentioned a “second version” to be in development. This is the same language the company used to describe the confirmed sequel to Ghostrunner.
Coincidence? It’s possible–when Kotaku attempted to reach out to 505 Games on the subject, the publisher became very cagey. A company rep even stated that: “505 Games doesn’t have any further information to share on Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night at this time.”
Shortly after, the original document on Digital Bros’ investor page was updated to remove any mention of a “second version” in the Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night section. This in itself is interesting–you’d think that the publisher would be upfront about it if this was just a misunderstanding due to an error in a document. That 505 Games is refusing to comment and hiding the evidence makes the claims seem more likely, not less.
What does this mean, exactly? Well, we’re not exactly sure, but it definitely looks like a Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night could be on the table. Maybe it’s still early in development and the publishers don’t want to share it with the world yet. Or maybe it really was a typo, but they want to keep their options open. We’ll have to wait and see.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is available for PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS.