Bloodstained Zangetsu Character and Randomizer Mode Arrive in Early May

Published: May 4, 2020 5:17 PM /


Bloodstained Zangetsu Mode slash cover

The Bloodstained Zangetsu character and Randomizer Mode will be arriving in an update this week, finally fulfilling some longstanding Kickstarter promises.

If you're unfamiliar with Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, it is more or less the spiritual successor to the Castlevania franchise. This new franchise was helped my Kojii Igarishi; if you don't know him, then you've surely heard of another game he worked on called Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Yeah.

The product of a successful Kickstarter, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night had an absolute mountain of stretch goals to get through. Now, a backer update states that the Bloodstained Zangetsu character and Randomizer Mode are both arriving this week.

Zangetsu is one of the characters that you meet in the course of the game. With this upcoming update, you'll be able to play through the game using Zangetsu and all of his abilities. This will be a very different style of gameplay, similar to using Richter in Symphony of the Night.

Bloodstained Zangetsu Mode Randomizer Parameters
Randomizer Mode offers up a host of options, even for your ultimate goal of beating the game.

Also arriving in this update is Randomizer Mode, a feature that will let you mix up some of the game's content. This is the replacement for the "Roguelike Mode" that Koji Igarashi said couldn't be made because the code was incompatible with the current build of the game.

Essentially, Randomizer Mode will let players adjust a handful of game parameters before starting a new file. This can be used to add more variety, challenge, or both to subsequent playthroughs of the game — whether you're on your second go or your thirtieth.

When is the Bloodstained Zangetsu Release Date?

Now that we've had our hands on this game for a good few months, I'm sure that many of you are anxious to gobble down some new content. When is the Zangetsu release date?

You'll be happy to hear that the new Zangetsu character and the Randomizer Mode will both be arriving in an update on Thursday, May 7, 2020. Unfortunately, Nintendo Switch players are going to have to wait an unspecified amount of time to get this update.

For those of you who haven't grabbed this game just yet, you'll be happy to hear that you can get it on sale (and DRM-free) on GOG for $27.99 or your regional equivalent, a 30% discount. PC players can otherwise get it on Steam and the Humble Store, and console players can pick it up at the respective digital storefronts for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

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What do you think of Zangetsu and Randomizer Mode finally coming to Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night? Are you hopeful for a sequel to this game? Let us know in the comments below!

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December 31, 1969 (Calendar)