Today during the New Game+ Expo, a brand-new Bloodstained sequel was revealed. Well, not a sequel to the game you're thinking about, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Instead, this is a follow-up to Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon!
Curse of the Moon starred the samurai warrior Zangetsu, though Bloodstained hero Miriam was one of the additional playable characters. For Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2, Zangetsu returns with a new group of demon slaying companions. Dominique is the team healer, while also wielding a spear. Robert is a sniper who also uses thrown explosives. Finally, there's Hachi, a Corgi riding a suit of armor. Yes, you read that right.
Curse of the Moon 2 works like the previous game, in that you begin with Zangetsu and have to unlock the rest by beating bosses. There are multiple episodes to unlock, and paths only accessible by certain characters. There are also Veteran and Casual difficulty options: on Veteran, it works just like Curse of the Moon, with enemy attack knocking you back. On Casual, attack won't knock you back and lives are unlimited.
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon was a NES-style spin-off to Ritual of the Night, produced by former Castlevania guru Koji Igarashi, but developed by Inti Creates. It was the result of a stretch goal in the original Bloodstained Kickstarter campaign and preceded the release of Bloodstained by a year. "It's games like Curse of the Moon that make me glad Castlevania's legacy is rising again under Koji Igarashi, even if we can't call that legacy by its true name," said our own Nadia Oxford of her time with the game.
Developer ArtPlay is still working on Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, having released a DLC roadmap for this year only a few weeks ago. That follows a release in May that added a new character—Curse of the Moon's Zangetsu—and Randomizer mode to the game. Luckily, ArtPlay stuck with Bloodstained, following a launch and Switch release plagued by technical problems.
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 is "coming soon" to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and Steam.