Bloodstained Enlists Shantae Developer Wayforward for Help

Bloodstained Enlists Shantae Developer Wayforward for Help

The side-scrolling maestros join Bloodstained.

Bloodstained, the upcoming Castlevania-style action game from Koji Igarashi, announced that Shantae developer WayForward will be joining the Bloodstained team to help with development.

In a new Kickstarter blog post Igarashi calls WayForward "top-tier when it comes to side-scrolling action games" and that the developers will serve as "incredible support" to the Bloodstained team. "In consideration of their past achievements, WayForward will be helping the development team realize my vision for this game. Maybe I am even more excited than everyone else – with their help Bloodstained will become an even better game," Igarashi writes.

WayForward is a California-based developer with a long history of developing both original titles and licensed games. While Shantae might be their best-known property, WayForward has also developed critically-acclaimed titles set in the Alien universe, Adventure Time, and Regular Show. I'm also partial to WayForward's Might Switch Force! Series.

Backers have played several preview builds for Bloodstained and a common feedback seems to be that the game could stand to have a bit more polish. With WayForward joining to help perhaps Bloodstained will get the right push to bring the game over the top.

The Bloodstained team recently released a side game called Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, which we've described as the best modern Castlevania game. You can also read our interview with Igarashi here.

While there's still no release date for Bloodstained expect to see it on the PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch. Alas the Vita version was unfortunately cancelled.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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