Koji Igarashi who's currently working on his Kickstarted successor to the Castlevania series, Bloodstained, announced tonight an 8-bit spinoff version of Bloodstained that will be available for free to backers and sold to the public. The spinoff is called Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, and we have a new trailer for the game.
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon is developed in 8-bit style from Gunvolt and Mighty No. 9 developers Inti Creates. While those last two games might have been divisive, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon looks interesting, with classic Castlevania-inspired gameplay and the ability to switch between multiple characters at once.
Players will take the role of exorcist Zangetsu, but he can team up with a young homunculus woman Miriam, the alchemist Alfred, and a homunculus man named Gebel. Players can unlock the other heroes and switch between them during the middle of a level.
The game will be given free to backers who pledged to the Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Kickstarter campaign at the $28 tier and above. For everyone else, the game will be available May 24 on PS4, Xbox One, PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS, and Steam for $9.99. You can check out the Steam page here.
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night are based on a new IP from Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi. They both draw heavy influences from Igarashi's previous series, but Ritual of the Night is being developed in a 2.5D style. You can check out our interview with Igarashi about Bloodstained here.
Update: An earlier version of this story said Koji Igarashi created Castlevania. He was a producer, programmer, and director on Castlevania games. The story has been edited to reflect these changes.