Bloodstained’s Challenge: When History and Perception Collide

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By Peter W. Smorynski

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, a game Kickstarted into motion by Koji Igarashi in 2015 as the spiritual successor to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night may be having a public perception problem. This is undoubtedly in part due to the rocky road of its development cycle, which has included several lengthy delays, the addition or subtraction of various release platforms, the switching of the primary development team from Inti Creates to DICO, and bringing on board further support from WayForward. Through it all, the game has been steadily taking shape toward what has become a Summer 2019 release window. But now it faces perhaps its greatest challenge: the muddled history of the franchise it is attempting to succeed and the public’s relationship toward it.

From person to person, media outlet to media outlet, one’s perception of Castlevania may be wildly different. This has resulted in…

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