Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will have a PC-exclusive beta

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

The developers of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night have announced that Kickstarter backers who throw at least $60 at the project and opt for the PC version of the game will be able to take part in beta testing on Steam.

The details haven't been nailed down, but as you'd expect, being in the beta means access to pre-release builds of the game, and the opportunity to help track down bugs and provide feedback to the developers. "It's definitely going to be the biggest group of beta testers Iga has ever worked with, but he and the team are looking forward to your help," the latest Kickstarter update states.

In order to gain entry to the beta, you must back the Kickstarter for at least $60, and select a tier that offers the PC version of the game. If you kicked in $60 but chose the PS4 release, for instance, you won't be eligible, but at the $125 tier you could gain access to the beta by choosing the PS4 edition for the physical copy and the PC release on digital. And even though Steam is multiplatform these days, the developers stated that the beta will only run under Windows.

The Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Kickstarter runs for another 23 days, and has so far raised just shy of $2.5 million.

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.