Fulfilling another Kickstarter stretch goal, Inti Creates announced the 8-bit action-adventure Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon at BitSummit today. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon is a retro-styled jaunt through Koji Igarashi’s Bloodstained world, only now with a focus on precision and survival, instead of exploration. With graphics that wouldn’t seem out of place on an original NES cartridge and a chiptune soundtrack to boot, Inti Creates has created what looks to be a worthwhile Bloodstained game in its own right. Kickstarter backers who pledged $28 or more will receive the game for free, otherwise, it will be available for $9.99 on the Switch, 3DS, PS4, Vita, Xbox One and Steam, all on May 24th.
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon you play as the swordsman Zangetsu, as he fights through various stages and defeats demonic bosses. Along the way, you’ll recruit three allies, and ones Bloodstained fans might recognize. Miriam, Alfred, and Gebel can all be rescued and swapped out at will. By swapping between characters, you can explore otherwise inaccessible areas, collect rare items, and even save yourself from death, if your health is low enough. All four characters wield different weapons and have different abilities, and you’re free to swap between them to find out which works best for you. For those that aren’t quite ready for the classic Castlevania experience, Curse of the Moon will come with both a “veteran” and “casual” mode. Casual mode offers unlimited lives and doesn’t include damage knockback, as well as other changes.
Originally, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon was imagined as a prequel game, set 10 years before the events of Bloodstained proper. In the three years since the Kickstarter’s conclusion, however, the scope of the project has changed, and so too has the timeline. Now, Curse of the Moon is set to expand upon the Bloodstained lore and universe. More games that evoke the sounds and looks of NES classics (Shovel Knight included) isn’t a bad thing, so here’s hoping Inti Creates pulled off something fantastic when Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon releases on May 24th.