Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night adds Solid Snake man David Hayter to the cast

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night creator Koji Igarashi said last week that the game would have $10 day-one DLC, followed by new characters, modes, and cosmetics released in free post-launch updates. The first of those new characters was revealed today, and it's none other than Solid Snake! Well, sort of. 

It's David Hayter, the voice actor best known for his work as the Snake-man in the Metal Gear Solid series. In Bloodstained, he'll be providing the pipes for a fearsome looking demon hunter named Zangetsu, whose thirst for revenge against the demons of hell "is a raging inferno that knows no peace." He—Zangetsu, that is, not Hayter—wields a deadly Zangetsuto katana and elemental magic, and uses a chain hook to access areas that would otherwise be impossible to reach. 

The Castlevania-inspired Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is scheduled for release on June 18, more than two years past its originally-expected release in the first half of 2017. Based on a trailer released last month comparing the current state of the game with its condition back then, I'd say it was time well spent.   

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.