If you've been playing Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night but find yourself getting pulled out of the gothic ambiance after seeing a portrait of some real-life person, here comes a fix. A new mod replaces the portrait of backers with old art by Castlevania artist Ayami Kojima.
During the original Kickstarter campaign for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, backers who pitched in at least $1,500 could get a digital portrait of themselves to be hung within Bloodstained's castle level. The portraits are a nice reward for backers who gave generously to the Kickstarter, but some say it breaks the game's overall immersion.
Kojima is not involved with the mod in any way. Instead, modder Razed touched up old art from Kojima to add into the game. Razed noted the mod does not replace the portrait of Bloodstained producer Koji Igarashi, the cat portrait, Celeste portrait, Barber portrait, or the female non-backer portrait. Every other backer portrait will be replaced with an old Kojima artwork.
Responses to the backer portraits have been interesting. The artwork for the backer portraits themselves were done in the style of the game, which makes them less distracting than if the images were more photorealistic. At the same time, there are some portraits that feel more jokey than others.
On the one hand, the portraits are a nice reward for backers who really went above and beyond in their Kickstarter contributions. And it'd be a shame to erase their contributions to making Bloodstained a reality. At the same time, it's pretty easy to tell the portraits made for the game from those of backers, so it's not like these portraits are subtle.
Ultimately, it's an unofficial mod for the PC version of Bloodstained. If you really don't like the portraits, you're welcome to give the mod a whirl. Just know you'll be erasing the contributions of some dedicated Bloodstained fans.