Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

A project in by Koji Igarashi

Funding Successful

IGAVANIA (n): A gothic, exploration-focused action platformer, designed by one of the godfathers of the genre!
Backers: 64867
Average Pledge Per Backer: $85

Funded: $5,545,992 of $500,000
Dates: May 11th -> Jun 12th (33 days)
Project By: Koji Igarashi
cooperative gamevideo gameadventureactionlinuxmachorrorfantasyartaction rpgpcroguelikeretrowii uxbladrm-freeanimeps4psvitaplatformer +Suggest

Suggest Tags

Begin typing to search or pick from a list. You can add multiple tags at the same time!
Saving your suggestions...
Suggestion Saved Successfully
Thank you for your help! The Kicktraq gnomes will get to work on your suggestions very soon.

Please keep in mind not all suggestions may be used, and repeated re-submissions may result in being rejected automatically (and we don't want that to happen).

If you have any questions, have a good idea for a tag, or a more in-depth suggestion - please feel free to let us know!

Hrm... something went wrong.
Hey, bad things happen to the best of us. Don't worry, the gnomes have been dispatched. Maybe try again in a little while.



current pledge level
Last Updated: June 12 @ 23:01 -0400 GMT


of goal
funding period ended


trending toward
Trends are not projections.


of goal

(loading your very own snazzy kicktraq chart)

(loading your very own snazzy kicktraq chart)

(loading your very own snazzy kicktraq chart)

(loading your very own snazzy kicktraq chart)

(loading your very own snazzy kicktraq chart)

Now you can share!

Help your backers reach your daily goals and help others see how you're doing. It's easy, with Kicktraq Mini.

Here are a few quick snippits of code you can use to embed your personalized widget on your website, in your blog, and even on your favorite forum.

HTML for websites & blogs

BBCode for forums
Copy BBCode

Reddit code for... well, Reddit
Copy Reddit Code

Special Note: Kickstarter recently disabled remote embedding for images on project pages, so embedding code doesn't work on project pages (yet) - just everywhere else.

You can read more about it here.
Latest News

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Gets Two New Game Modes, Cosmetics in Final Update

May 5th - via:
The wonderful Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is set to receive its final update this month, as developer ArtPlay adds the final features promised to players in the game's Kickstarter campaign back in 2015. This last update will arrive on 9th May, adding two new game modes and one free and three paid cosmetic DLC packs. (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Finally Completes All Kickstarter Stretch Goals

May 3rd - via:
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has certainly come a long way, after a hugely successful Kickstarter back in 2015, to now finally receiving its final update almost a decade later. (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has outsold every Castlevania game

September 7th - via:
Taking to Kickstarter to make the announcement, Koji Igarashi – the mind behind the Castlevania series as well as Bloodstained – said “we are honored to announce that Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has sold two million copies since its launch in June 2019!” (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Getting New DLC, 2 Million Copies Sold

September 6th - via:
The developers of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night have revealed that more DLC is in the works. More news about the new modes on September 14, and developer Artplay confirms that Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has officially sold 2 million copies. (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Game Lives on with VS and Chaos Modes

September 6th - via:
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night brought Koji Igarashi's Castlevania development skills into a new, wholly original realm when it launched in June 2019 after a successful Kickstarter campaign. (Read More)

‘Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2’ Review – retro platforming perfection

August 27th - via:
When series lead producer Koji Igarashi left the company, he devised his own series called Bloodstained, creating a Kickstarter for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, a game highly derivative of older, more explorative Castlevania titles like Symphony of the Night and Order of Ecclesia. The Kickstarter was an enormous success, and one of the stretch goals funded was an 8-Bit game made by Inti Creates that would harken back to classic side-scrolling Castlevania: the amazing Curse of the Moon. (Read More)

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 Announced

June 23rd - via:
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 has been announced and is coming soon to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Oh, and it features a playable Corgi in a colossal suit of magicked armor. (Read More)


June 23rd - via:
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon is coming to your platform of choice soon! (Read More)

'Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night' Dev Outlines Roadmap After Game Hits 1M Copies Sold

June 11th - via:
“Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night” already hit 1 million copies in sales, and the happy developers behind it have announced a lot of content coming over the course of the year. (Read More)

Bloodstained is receiving an official Randomizer mode!

March 2nd - via:
ArtPlay and 505 Games canceled plans for a roguelike mode in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. An official Bloodstained Randomizer mode is coming instead! (Read More)

Bloodstained plans next Switch update, new characters, and game modes

December 24th - via:
Like many Kickstarter success stories, the book hasn’t closed on development for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night just yet. If you own Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on Nintendo Switch, a new patch is coming soon, and brand new game modes will follow soon after. (Read More)

BLOODSTAINED: RITUAL OF THE NIGHT Review: If You Haven't Played This Game Yet, You Must!

December 20th - via:
Bloodstained is one of the best games I have played in 2019! (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Update 1.03 Adds Various Gameplay Improvements

November 1st - via:
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was funded thanks to gamers on Kickstarter. The game was released earlier this year but had some performance issues. (Read More)

Bloodstained Switch update detailed, team apologizes again for delay

September 26th - via:
So the Bloodstained Switch update has swapped priorities a number of times, and now everyone is just kind of waiting for it. (Read More)

IGA still has plans to make Bloodstained a series, WayForward helping to smooth out Switch port woes

September 23rd - via:
Other than the ongoing Switch port drama, things seem to be going pretty well for ArtPlay's Bloodstained. It'll probably pop up in a lot of Game of the Year lists in a few months, and according to a recent interview found in the latest issue of Game Informer, will likely be the springboard for an ongoing franchise. (Read More)

There's still no ETA on the Bloodstained Switch fixes, DLC is a long way out

September 9th - via:
The Bloodstained team (which is actually now a conglomerate of multiple entities) provided an update on the fabled "big Switch bug fix patch" just recently, and in case you were expecting it soon, you're going to be disappointed. (Read More)

Koji Igarashi says the game he really wants to make wouldn't sell well

August 8th - via:
An Archipel video discussion between Koji Igarashi and Yohei Kataoka reveals their attitudes on the meaning of "indie" and a variety of other topics. (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Review

August 7th - via:
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is very much like the games that came before it. Is that a good thing though? Can it stand on its own? (Read More)

Bloodstained creator Koji Igarashi doesn't like the term 'spiritual successor'

July 23rd - via:
The long-time Castlevania developer tells us that he never looked at his new project that way, and he explains why the Switch version was so challenging for ArtPlay. (Read More)

Koji Igarashi Talks About Fan Feedback And How It Impacted Bloodstained's Development

July 23rd - via:
During an interview with DenFamiNicoGamer! earlier this month, that was recently translated by Siliconera, Iga was asked about how he made use of fan feedback during the development of his latest game. (Read More)

A Patch is Coming for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on Switch

July 20th - via:
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night launched to widespread acclaim, one thing in particular was amiss: its Switch version (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Switch patch submitted for approval, list of changes detailed

July 19th - via:
The team behind Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night have been hard at work on a patch for the Switch version, and the good news is that the patch has been submitted. (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Switch 1.02 Update Patch Notes | Bug fixes, Shard nerfs, map changes, and more

July 19th - via:
The Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Switch 1.02 update patch notes have been revelaed, though it currently has no release date. 505 Games has submitted the patch to Nintendo, however, and has some of the update's details locked in. (Read More)

What we played in July: 'Bloodstained' and 'Super Mario Maker 2'

July 17th - via:
This time around, we've finally got our hands on Kickstarter darling Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, as well as some more impressions on Super Mario Maker 2. (Read More)

PS4 Review - 'Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night'

July 17th - via:
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a gothic, exploration-focused action platformer, designed by Koji Igarashi, known for his work on Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. (Read More)

Bloodstained Ritual of the Night (PS4) Review

July 15th - via:
Koji Igarashi attempts to achieve an almost Sisyphean task with Bloodstained Ritual of the Night. It (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Review

July 12th - via:
Bloodstained doesn't offer much in terms of narrative and most of its characters -- bar Zangetsu -- are downright awful. (Read More)

Bloodstained's next massive patch push includes much-needed Switch version fixes

July 4th - via:
While the PC, PS4, and Xbox One versions have bugs of their own, the Switch edition of Bloodstained (Read More)

Gaming: Castlevania Reborn

June 29th - via:
Bloodstained is a fitting tribute to the Metroidvania genre, with great gameplay and stunning pixel art (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Review

June 26th - via:
A solid metroidvania with some significant shortcomings (Read More)

505 Games promises to improve Bloodstained performance on Switch

June 25th - via:
Aware of the concerns surrounding the Switch version of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, 505 Games is promising performance improvements via Kickstarter. (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Review

June 24th - via:
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night demonstrates why Koji Igarashi, the man behind Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, is the king of metroidvania games. (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Is Worth the 4-Year Wait

June 20th - via:
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is almost defiantly old-school: a straightforward action/exploration experience with plenty of polish. (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night reviews on Steam are incredibly positive

June 19th - via:
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, if you haven (Read More)

So far, Bloodstained feels like a slightly janky but very loving homage to Castlevania

June 18th - via:
On the outside, there's a lot to be concerned about when it comes to Bloodstained. It was delayed numerous times, Wii U and Vita ports were canceled, and early review copies weren't provided. (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Walkthrough and Guide

June 18th - via:
Hello everyone! Welcome to Neoseeker's Official Guide for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night! This guide will cover the main game with an in-depth walkthrough and 100% collectibles, enemy shards and much more! (Read More)

Wearing a Hat for Your Audience: Koji Igarashi on Why Bloodstained Should Delight His Fanbase

June 7th - via:
On the eve of its release, a chat with the man himself. (Read More)

Swing into action with new releases

June 2nd - via:
New in games this month: Long anticipated Metroidvania adventures and virtual reality golf (Read More)

Best Upcoming Xbox One Game Releases for June 2019

May 31st - via:
These are the best upcoming Xbox One game releases headed to Microsoft's home console this month, June 2019 featuring a varied group of games. (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night coming to PS4, Xbox and Switch only at $10

May 29th - via:
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will have new characters, exciting modes along with cosmetics as a post-launch update. In addition, the new updates are included with Speed Run mode, Super Boss mode, plus online and Co-op modes. (Read More)

Bloodstained Ritual of the Night Premium DLC Causes Some Controversy

May 28th - via:
The Kickstarter backers of Bloodstained Ritual of the Night are unhappy with promised exclusive content being sold as premium DLC. (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Publisher Shares Post-Launch Plans

May 27th - via:
Publisher 505 Games has released a Kickstarter update for backers of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night sharing post-launch plans for the game. (Read More)

505 Games announces Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night DLC

May 26th - via:
Take on the mind behind Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Koji Igarashi, in this newly announced DLC. Pre-orders have gone live, too. (Read More)

Sale of Bloodstained DLC 'Iga

May 25th - via:
Sales of Bloodstained DLC 'Iga (Read More)

May 24th - via:
A lot of new game modes are coming post-launch, publisher 505 Games says. (Read More)

Bloodstained unveils extensive post-launch plans

May 24th - via:
With less than a month before the release of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Koji Igarashi's spiritual successor to Castlevania, publisher 505 Games has shared their plans for the game's extensive post-launch DLC. (Read More)

Pre-Orders Now Available for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

May 23rd - via:
505 Games announced today that Koji Igarashi (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night - Release Date Announce

May 3rd - via:
The video begins with a full-on embrace of the criticism aimed at the Kickstarter backer beta released previous year, which included complaints about lighting, backgrounds, textures, and more: As one put it succinctly, "Boy does this look rough". The game will then launch for Nintendo Switch on June 25. Judging from the trailer, it appears that Iga and gang have been paying attention to the feedback and frustration of fans and those who backed the game on Kickstarter. (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Gets New Trailer, Release Date

May 2nd - via:
Developer ArtPlay and publisher 505 Games have announced a release date for the highly anticipated Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. After a successful Kickstarter campaign and lengthy development cycle, this throwback to the Castlevanias of old will release on June 18th for PS4, XB1, Steam, and GOG. The Switch version will follow shortly thereafter, on June 25th. (Read More)

Bloodstained Ritual Of The Night: Release Date, Trailer, And All We Know So Far

April 21st - via:
The famed TV show Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (Read More)

The Changing Face of Video Game Crowdfunding

March 18th - via:
Much has changed since 2012, when Double Fine cracked open video game crowdfunding with more than $3.3 million raised. The video game Kickstarter movement began as part of the indie revolution against the very concept of publishers. Kickstarter was an integral part of indie validation at a time when small studios couldn (Read More)

5 Unreleased Kickstarter Games That Have Crazy Pressure on Them

March 18th - via:
The System Shock series has been a classic ever since the first game came out in 1994. A cyberpunk imagining of the year 2072, System Shock is a first-person action adventure set aboard the Citadel space station. You play as a hacker fighting their way through cyborgs, robots, and mutated crew members to foil the plans of a devious AI system. (Read More)

Bloodstained Visual Update Looks Awesome, and Justifies the Long Wait

March 2nd - via:
First of all, some disclosure: I shelled out my own money and backed Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. I also backed it for the Nintendo Switch, so my true colors are out there in the open. Sorry everyone! Anyway, Koji Igarashi (Read More)

Latest 'Bloodstained: Ritual of The Night' Kickstarter Update Reveals Graphical Upgrades

March 1st - via:
With Bloodstained: Ritual of The Night finally getting a Fall release date (even if it (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night teases summer release date

February 13th - via:
Of all the successfully-funded Kickstarter projects incubating in development, Koji Igarashi (Read More)

Castlevania Spiritual Successor Bloodstained Has Dropped Two Platforms

December 29th - via:
ArtPlay and WayForward Technologies' Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has run into some problems. Technically, it has resolved those problems, but it doesn't really make things any easier for gamers to gulp down, given that in order to fix the issues that the team ran into, it meant dropping two of the promised platforms that were originally pitched during the Kickstarter campaign. (Read More)

WayForward Technologies Joining Development for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

November 29th - via:
WayForward Technologies, developers of the Shantae series among many other titles, are joining ArtPlay and DICO to aid in the creation of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. In a Kickstarter update, Koji Igarashi announced that WayForward would be,  (Read More)

Five Kickstarted Nintendo Switch games to get excited for

November 24th - via:
Kickstarter gets a bad rap around the gaming-sphere due to gamers spending their hard-earned money on projects that may never (and sometimes don (Read More)

Gaming: Cyberpunk 2077

August 22nd - via:
This week's Gamescom convention in Germany has given CD Projekt its newest opportunity to showcase more of Night City, the amplified, Blade Runner-esque dystopian sprawl where Cyberpunk 2077 will unspool its open-world RPG adventure. A batch of killer new high-res screenshots emerged this week as part of the studio (Read More)

Kickstarter Castlevania Successor Bloodstained Cancelled on PS Vita

August 20th - via:
Crowdfunded Castlevania revival Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will no longer release on the PS Vita, as a new Kickstarter update confirms that development for Sony (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night Delayed Again, Canceled On PS Vita

August 20th - via:
Director Koji Igarashi has made a couple of announcements concerning his upcoming game, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, including a delay into 2019 and removal of the Vita from the list of supported platforms. That's sure to disappoint quite a few of the crowdfunded game's eager fans, though neither revelation is all that surprising. Iga took to Kickstarter today to post a video wherein he explains that Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is being delayed into some unspecified time in 2019. Expected to launch later this year, Iga explained that the reason for the delay, as is often the case with these types of games, is that the team needs more time to make sure it's the best product it can be. The video isn't too snazzy so, if you'd rather just read the full statement instead, it's available below the video on the blog update. (Read More)

14 Most Successful Kickstarter Campaigns Ever and Where They Are Now

August 13th - via:
For many entrepreneurs, Kickstarter represents a level playing field where good ideas can find people with the cash to help make their dream a reality. Just look at the success of the legendary Potato Salad, where a guy tried to raise the funds to make, well, potato salad -- and ended up raising over $55,000 and throwing a potato party for charity. (Read More)

The weird, the beautiful, the unfundable: A look at Kickstarter

August 1st - via:
Pillars of Eternity, $3,986,929.Torment: Tides of Numenara, $4,188,927. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, $5,545,991. Shenmue 3, $6,333,295. All video games funded through Kickstarter  (Read More)

June 30th - via:
A new story trailer for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, brainchild of Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi, shows off forty seconds of in-game footage. You can check it out above: The story trailer launched alongside the E3 2018 demo, which has now been released exclusively for Bloodstained Kickstarter backers at the $60 tier and above to enjoy. (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night beta demo now available for Kickstarter backers

June 29th - via:
Those of you who backed the Kickstarter for 505 Games and independent developer ArtPlay (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night E3 demo now available for some Kickstarter backers

June 28th - via:
ArtPlay and 505 Games have released a new beta demo for certain Kickstarter backers of Koji Igarashi's upcoming Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. The $60 and above tiers will have access to the PC preview which is chock-full of new enemies and NPCs, and some of the game's quests are available to complete. (Read More)

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon delayed on all consoles.

May 24th - via:
Koji Igarashi recently informed everyone, on the Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night page, that Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon will be delayed. Check out more details on the delay as well as how to access your copy of the game on Steam even if you backed the game on a console. (Read More)

8-bit 'Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night' Prequel, 'Curse of the Moon', Hits Later this Month

May 13th - via:
We're still waiting on Koji Igarashi's spiritual successor, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, which is expected to be released later this year. However, not many remembered that as part of the Kickstarter campaign, one of the stretch goals was for an 8-bit prequel to be made. That prequel, entitled Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, was announced this week, and is set to drop on May 24th. (Read More)


April 28th - via:
Bloodstained (Read More)

Bloodstained Team Releases Feedback Survey Focusing On Kickstarter Communication And DLC

April 21st - via:
The Bloodstained team recently put out a feedback survey that focuses on their Kickstarter communications so far, what sort of potential post-launch content people might want to see, and more. (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night SXSW Panel Talks Design Changes, Cooking, & More

March 26th - via:
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night's producer & scenario writer Koji Igarashi recently participated in a panel at SXSW where he talked about some of the game's changes in its development as well as some newly-revealed features like cooking. (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will receive release date info within the week

March 20th - via:
According to a post on the team's official Twitter, the Castlevania-but-not-really title Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will have its release date announced very soon, before the end of March, in fact. (Read More)

New Fashion Video Revealed for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

December 4th - via:
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has had a brand new fashion video revealed for the game, showcasing a number of clothing items. (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night New York Comic Con Preview

October 12th - via:
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is turning out to be a proper spiritual successor to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Read More)

PAX West 2017: Koji Igarashi

September 9th - via:
Most famous for his work on Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and the subsequent portable titles, Koji Igarashi is an icon of the industry. (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Interview -- Koji Igarashi on Being the Face and Name of a Genre

June 23rd - via:
During E3 2017, we were able to sit down with legendary game developer Koji Igarashi to discuss modern game development and the current build of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. (Read More)

Bloodstained creator Koji Igarashi talks Kickstarter, staggering content

June 19th - via:
App Trigger got the chance to speak to famed games producer Koji Igarashi about the Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night during E3 2017 last week. (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night E3 Trailer Reveals Boss Battle Footage

June 9th - via:
505 Games has revealed a new trailer for Koji Igarashi's Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night ahead of E3 2017 next week. (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Release Date, Trailer, & Latest News

December 30th - via:
Everything you need to know about Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, including latest news, release date, trailer, and much more! (Read More)

Kickstarter Backers Remain Supportive in Spite of Bloodstained Delay

September 12th - via:
In the hours since the announcement, the update received over 300 likes and 200 comments, with the majority of those comments being positive. (Read More)

Koji Igarashi

September 9th - via:
The Metroidvania game is being pushed back a year (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Aiming For 2018 Release Date

September 8th - via:
An inevitability for almost every single Kickstarter gaming project, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has encountered a staggering delay. (Read More)

The 8 Ball: Top 8 Unreleased Crowdfunded Games

August 30th - via:
A few of these games are on Steam Early Access, hell one of them has been on there for years now, but the full game isn (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Demo Keys Being Sent Out to Kickstarter Backers

June 23rd - via:
With the recent retail release, and tepid reception, of Mighty No. 9, Kickstarter-funded gaming has become a hot topic once again. (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Gameplay Rundown Features Animation Cancels and Heavy Exploration

June 21st - via:
Castlevania fans will notice that Bloodstained features nuanced mechanics from the Castlevania series, like animation canceling (wherein you interrupt the animation of one action with another action to speed up your combos and movement). (Read More)

Crowdfunding Analysis Time - Bloodstained

April 8th - via:
Today's CAT takes a look at Koji Igarashi's Bloodstained, the backstory to the campaign, why it was so successful, and how good the updates have been. (Read More)

Bloodstained Ritual of the Night Gets Early Dev Footage

April 3rd - via:
In an update for Kickstarter backers, Bloodstained Ritual of the Night developer Koji Igarashi showed off some work-in-progress footage. (Read More)

Bloodstained shader feedback results announced

March 1st - via:
The latest Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Kickstarter update reveals the results of the shader feedback the game was seeking back in January. (Read More)

Game Kickstarters raise $43,000 on average

February 15th - via:
Last year saw a jump in the amount of money pledged to games on Kickstarter, but the cash was divided between fewer projects. (Read More)

Successful Kickstarter Videogame Campaigns and Analysis for 2015

February 1st - via:
Can you believe it? 2015 is over, and with it, I have managed to gather data on Kickstarter video game campaigns for almost the entirety of the year. (Read More)

Video Games Raised $46 Million On Kickstarter Last Year

January 14th - via:
Video games took in $46,177,705 on Kickstarter in 2015, according to new stats released today by the crowdfunding company. That’s significantly more than 2014 but not quite as much as Kickstarter made from games in 2013. (Read More)

What 8 Successfully Kickstarted Games Can Teach Us About Crowdfunding

September 16th - via:
If we look closely at games that have been fully funded, we can find some lessons on how game studios can succeed at crowdfunding. (Read More)

Budgeting for the most successful Kickstarter in video game history

June 29th - via:
Castlevania veteran Koji Igarashi made $5.5 million for Bloodstained, and there are a lot of lessons to be learned from how he did it. Here's an analysis based on an extensive conversation with him. (Read More)

Bloodstained Achieves Final Stretch Goal On Kickstarter

June 13th - via:
In little over one month, Koji Igarashi's Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night hit its final stretch goal of $5,500,000 dollars. With that the Kickstarter has ended, and the final tally for the entire campaign was $5,545,892 from Kickstarter, and approximately another 200,000 dollars pledged via PayPal. This was all backed by approximately 65,000 gamers. (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Wiki – Everything you need to know about the game

June 13th - via:
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is an upcoming side scrolling action adventure game set firmly in the Metroidvania genre. The game is currently being developed by the Japanese company Inti Creates, a team that was founded by ex-Capcom staff and is responsible for the popular Mega Man Zero series of video games. (Read More)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Kickstarter closes with $5.5M in crowdfunding

June 13th - via:
The Kickstarter campaign for Koji Igarashi's spiritual successor to his brand of Castlevania games, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, has come to a close with more than $5.5 million in pledges. (Read More)

Update 25: Ending Stream, $5.5mm ACHIEVED

June 12th - via:
Click here to watch the Ending Stream, which is currently live! Here's the remaining (rough) stream schedule: Happening now: Art time with Natsume! 5:30 - Gunvolt 6:00 - Special Game Announcement 6:30 - IGA plays Shantae: Half Genie Hero 7:00 -... (Read More)

Update 24: $5mm Achieved, $5.5 Unveiled, Ending Stream, 'Pure' Costume

June 12th - via:
With our latest Paypal funds totaling $180k from 2200 backers... You've raised $5,000,000. Against every expectation, the Army of the Night has unlocked the $5mm Roguelike Dungeon Mode. And of course that means you also blew past the $4.75mm goal,... (Read More)

Update 23: $4.5mm, Shovel Knight, Podcast

June 11th - via:
Remember Natsume's Shovel Knight fanart from earlier in the campaign? It's been about a decade, in Kickstarter years, so I'll refresh your memory: We've got good news: Inti Creates and Yacht Club Games have agreed that Natsume's reimagining of their... (Read More)

Update 22: $5mm Goal, Swordwhip Unveiled, and the Final 'Ask IGA'

June 10th - via:
With $4 million, you've made Bloodstained the second biggest Kickstarter of any videogame ever. It's an honor to be a part of something like this, and with two days to go it's very possible you'll have made this the biggest game Kickstarter ever by... (Read More)

Update 21: $4mm, Armaturity, Ending Stream, New Game Plus

June 10th - via:
The crew at Armature continues to prove that they're the right studio for the job. We'll let them do the talking: “Hi Bloodstained backers - Armature here with another update. It turns out that a people have shown a ton of interest in our plan to... (Read More)

Bloodstained tops $4.25M, becomes most funded video game in Kickstarter's history

June 10th - via:
With less than two days left in its Kickstarter, Castlevania successor Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is now the most funded video game in Kickstarter history. (Read More)

Update 20: Sword or Whip Results, Boss Reveal, and the Pyrite Coin

June 9th - via:
As the campaign begins its final week, a crisis grimmer than any we've seen before finally concludes: Pixel IGA has returned to make his final judgment. Sword or Whip voters have chosen their weapon, and the winner—after a ferocious series of clan... (Read More)

Update 19: A Development Update, A Stretch Goal, Amano

June 7th - via:
The final week begins! We've got a pile of bombshells to tell you about before the end, so we'll be updating more frequently down the home stretch.  It's fun watching merchandise come together. That's most of what we do at Fangamer—when we're not... (Read More)

Update 18: $3.5mm PS Vita Success, and a Flamethrower Lights up the Dungeon

June 5th - via:
Adding in the $98k from our 1,175 Paypal backers, the campaign is well past the $3.5mm mark! The Playstation Vita is a great way to kick off the final week of the campaign, especially because we'll be producing physical Vita copies. Our friends at... (Read More)

Update 17: Last Week! Ask IGA, Add-ons, Vampire Murderer

June 4th - via:
The final week is here! To celebrate the end of one long journey—and the beginning of the next one—Inti Creates sent along this image of Johannes, Gebel, and Miriam in happier times. It could be a while before we see them this content again…... (Read More)

Update 16: DRM-Free option with GOG, Miriam's Curse, and Asynchronous Multiplayer Reached!

June 3rd - via:
Over the course of the campaign we've gotten a steady flow of requests from people who were interested in a DRM-free version of Bloodstained. Today we have good news: We're teaming up with, some of the best people in the DRM-free business,... (Read More)

Did Yooka-Laylee & Bloodstained Usher in a New Era of Crowdfunding Fans

June 2nd - via:
Cliqist looks at how Yooka-Laylee and Bloodstained are bringing in a fresh crop of Kickstarter backers. (Read More)

Update 15: Special Attacks, plus Something Familiar

June 1st - via:
This past weekend has seen more new backers than at any time since the first week of the Kickstarter, which is really exciting and humbling for us. So: Welcome, and thanks! A clarification for anybody who came on and is wondering how to get the Wii U... (Read More)

Bloodstained Kickstarter Adds Multiplayer and Vita Stretch Goals

May 31st - via:
Wii U features revealed as campaign continues to rake in cash. (Read More)

Update 14: $3 million! Wii U achieved + 2 New Stretch Goals

May 30th - via:
With the latest Paypal total -- roughly $62,000 from 800 backers -- we've surpassed $3mm. You did it, and we're proud to have been standing nearby with a look of stunned disbelief on our faces. With the Wii U stretch goal achieved, it's time to... (Read More)

Update 13: Ask IGA, New Challenges, Playism Podcast, and Shovel Armor

May 29th - via:
May is almost over—as is your quest for $3 million and the second Dungeon Goal, a Wii U port from Armature Studio!  It's also Friday, which means it's time for the third episode of Ask IGA. This one's all about bosses and monsters—thanks as... (Read More)

Update 12: Languages, Localizations and A Voice From The Past

May 28th - via:
Bloodstained has been a global project from the beginning, but now that we're into the meat of the campaign we're making some additions that we hope will make it even easier to take IGA's fanbase international.  First, thanks to Playism and their... (Read More)

Update 11: A Boss Reveal, a Comics Challenge, and an AMA

May 27th - via:
In case you missed it, yesterday we announced something Nintendophiles just might like—a Wii U port handled by the Metroid Prime veterans at Armature Studio. We also confirmed that the Army of the Night had opened the door to the dungeon and... (Read More)

Koji Igarashi's Bloodstained Kickstarter Adds Stretch Goal for Wii U Release

May 27th - via:
The Kickstarter fundraising campaign for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, the new game by former Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi, added a new stretch goal of US$3,000,000 on Tuesday for a Wii U port. The creators were already aiming to release the game on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. (Read More)

Bloodstained Kickstarter Wii U stretch goal confirmed

May 27th - via:
The Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night $3 million Kickstarter stretch goal was a Wii U port, which will be handled by another studio. (Read More)

Update 10: What U Just Found in the Dungeon

May 26th - via:
It took a long weekend full of comics, Tumblr notes, clay models, fanart, and sheer sticktoitivness, but you guys unlocked 30 achievements just in time to hit the first Dungeon stretch goal and commit IGA to the biggest castle he's ever designed.... (Read More)

Update 9: Enemies, Fanart, and a very cool Artist Cameo

May 24th - via:
Today’s big news is a surprise so late-breaking we’re still pleasantly shocked ourselves. (It all came together last week.) The Alchemist’s Treasure sleeve ($100+ tiers) will feature special cover art by Ayami Kojima.  Even IGA was surprised!... (Read More)

The Characters of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

May 24th - via:
Koji Igarashi's new gothic-themed adventure platform, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Cliqist takes a brief look at the game, and details its characters. (Read More)

Update 8: Ask IGA, Vines, A Podcast, And 11 Messages from David Hayter

May 21st - via:
We've hit the second Friday of the campaign, which means it's time for another A/V Friday featuring Ask IGA, a new podcast, your videos, and our first new tier. Also a moment of calm reflection: We're over $2.5 million with three Fridays to go! ... (Read More)

Update 7: $2.5mm, 8-bit tracks + Virt, and a peek into the basement...

May 20th - via:
Here, on the cusp of the next stretch goal, we've got a little surprise for you. IGA's personal accountant just sent a bat-fax with the latest PayPal total, and it's good news: So far our PayPal backers have added $41000 to the total.  Adding in... (Read More)

Update 6: Comics, Achievements, and A Really Cool Image of A Castle

May 19th - via:
You blew by our first Weekly Comics Challenge, so the suspense is over for now—you should still go for that 50-comic overall achievement, of course—but we still get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Here are three comics we really loved:... (Read More)

'Big indie' Kickstarters are killing actual indies

May 19th - via:
We all know the Kickstarter bubble is bursting. And when it inevitably pops, Kickstarters like Bloodstained will be the ones holding the thumbtack. (Read More)

Update 5: Fanart, Beta Access, and 20 Backer Achievements

May 18th - via:
 I am not revealing any trade secrets when I say that a lot of us on the team were even more excited to get to work on this project once IGA and the designers showed us their vision for the characters and the world. So I'm more excited *still* to... (Read More)

What Kickstarter Video Game Campaigns Launched May 10 - 16?

May 18th - via:
We take a look at all 41 Kickstarter video game campaigns that launched last week. From the great to the awful. (Read More)

Castlevania Dev’s Bloodstained Raises Over $2 Million, Next Stretch Goal is “Classic Mode”

May 16th - via:
Thanks to an abundance of backers, new Bloodstained Kickstarter stretchgoals have been added to the gothic platformer's campaign. (Read More)

Update 4: AV Friday!

May 15th - via:
 The theme of our first Ask IGA segment was left wide-open, and you delivered some great questions. Here's our first subtitled video, the first part of which is a heartfelt thank-you directly from IGA to the fans who have supported him: Andy... (Read More)

Update 3: $2mm, 25k backers, Diamond Loupe

May 15th - via:
Another day, another stretch goal obliterated like so many medusa heads! Your efforts have earned you yet another goal: Boss Rush Mode, a one-way trip through every boss in Bloodstained. What’s great about Boss Rush mode is its versatility: You... (Read More)

Update 2: Comics Achievement #1

May 13th - via:
It happened! Again! The Army of the Night has unlocked Speed Run Mode, a catch-all for the features IGA had been hoping to add to Bloodstained to help speedrunners plan the perfect route. We’ll be detailing specific features as they’re planned... (Read More)

'Castlevania' revival rises from the dead to feed on fan love on Kickstarter

May 12th - via:
Beloved Castlevania: Symphony of the Night director Koji Igarashi launches a Kickstarter for spiritual successor Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. (Read More)

FUNDED! THANK YOU! New tiers, new stretch goals, #AskIGA, and new backer achievements!

May 11th - via:
So: It only took you one day to blow through a Kickstarter's worth of stretch goals! Luckily, we had more waiting in the wings. And now that you’ve unlocked the second Backer Inventory item, the Crystal Lens, you’ll be able to see them. But... (Read More)

Castlevania's Producer Emerges From the Wreckage of Konami

May 11th - via:
Today, Igarashi is launching a Kickstarter campaign for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night—essentially a classic Castlevania without Konami’s trademarks. (Read More)

Castlevania Developer Returns with Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

May 11th - via:
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a new Castlevania inspired action game on Kickstarted being created by Koji Igarashi. (Read More)

If you have additional news that doesn't appear here, shoot us a link!