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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is getting a sequel

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
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It took longer than expected for Koji Igarashi's Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night to arrive, but the delays proved to be worthwhile: We called it "a picture perfect homage" to Igarashi's past games in our 77% review, making it "a feast for fans of [that] very specific experience." It also inspired an 8-bit-style spinoff, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, which somewhat ironically came out ahead of Ritual of the Night and scored an even higher 80%—not bad for what was originally conceived as a stretch goal bonus.

A Curse of the Moon sequel came out last July, and the Ritual of the Night team has been adding DLC to the bigger game consistently since release. But there wasn't any sign of a sequel until this May, when a quarterly financial report from 505 Games parent company Digital Bros said that Bloodstained had a "second version in development." 

(Image credit: Digital Bros)

The wording is vague—a "second version" could mean a next-gen edition, a mobile release, or something for Stadia, maybe—but the widespread hope was that it meant a full and proper sequel to Ritual of the Night is in the works.

Today, the official Bloodstained Twitter account confirmed that it is.

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"Regarding recent reports, @505_Games and @ArtplayEN are in very early planning stages for a #Bloodstained sequel. However, current development resources are focused on completing Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night's upcoming content. We have a lot planned for you."

Igarashi himself confirmed that for now, the studio is "focusing on the rest of the contents for Ritual of the Night."

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There's no other information at this point, like what the new game will be about or when we might lay eyes on it, but at this early stage the mere fact that it's happening is enough for many fans, who reacted to the news with what could fairly be called unbridled enthusiasm.

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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.