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Bloodstained gets massive visual boost, June launch

Apparently there were quite a few people who thought Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night didn’t look that great. Those people are in for a shock.

Worthy ritual

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night comes from 505 Games, which might not mean all that much to you. But it also comes from designer Koji Igarashi. Does that name ring a bell? If not, then all you really have to know is that he’s the man responsible for co-creating the Metroidvania genre.

His newest title, the aforementioned Bloodstained, is a love letter to that classic form. And if you thought it might have been a little lacking in previous peeks at it in action, well hang onto your whip.

After much brooding, Igarashi has seen to it that Bloodstained should wow fans with some exceptional looking visuals. Fortunately enough, there’s a new trailer to show off the monstrous differences.

All new, all different (graphics)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is set in 18th century England – a paranormal force has summoned a demon-infested castle, revealing crystal shards infused with tremendous magical power. Players take on the role of Miriam, an orphan scarred by an alchemist curse which slowly crystallizes her body. 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.

505 Games press release

Pretty tough to say that’s anything but pretty. It’s also not far away. The game now has a launch date to go along with the fresh visual reveal. Bloodstained will arrive for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC (Steam and GOG) on June 18th. There will also be a physical, boxed copy of the game, which will land on shelves on June 21st.

If you noted a lack of Nintendo Switch in that schedule, don’t worry. The game is coming to Nintendo’s baby as well, though with a different set of dates. The digital edition of Bloodstained will hit the Switch on June 21st, with the boxed copy swinging in on the 28th.

Why the different release dates? Who knows. Bottom line is that it’ll be available for almost everything by the end of June.

About Jason Micciche

Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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