Bloodstained Becomes the Highest Funded Video Game in Kickstarter History
With a little under a day and a half left in its Kickstarter campaign to go, Koji Igarashi's spiritual successor to the Castlevania series, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, has become the most funded video game campaign in the website's history. As of this article's publication, Bloodstained is currently sitting on $4,270,952 (and growing) pledges of its original $500,000 goal. This means that this revamped (pun intended) Castlevania game has passed Mighty No. 9's $3,845,170 raised, Pillars of Eternity's $3,986,929 raised and Torment: Tides of Numenera's $4,188,927 to make it the most successful video game campaign to ever hit Kickstarter. The only two other game-related projects to stay beyond Bloodstained's range are the Ouya microconsole ($8.5M) and the Exploding Kittens card game ($8.7M and what the hell?).
IGA wasn't expecting this level of success, indicated by his original campaign goal of $500,000 (which the fans met within its first few hours of launching), but he did add some interesting stretch goals that Bloodstained's crowdfunding campaign has cleared. If the fans boost Bloodstained's campaign to $4.5M, they'll unlock a prequel game for Bloodstained coming out on consoles and PC. $4.75M will bring this prequel game to the PS Vita. Lastly, a $5 million final stretch goal will add roguelike dungeons to Bloodstained, but we're not sure how that would work (perhaps it's in reference to the prequel game).
Based on the Kickstarter campaign's info, Bloodstained will launch sometime in March 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U and PS Vita.
The Kickstarter page recently posted the following video of IGA playing an early build of the game: