If your soul is still a bit achy from the kick Konami recently delivered to it with its Metal Gear Solid 3 Pachinko machine, Koji Igarashi has a Band-Aid for you: New video footage of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.
Igarashi, the driving force behind Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and other classic "Metroidvania" games, released the video as part of a recent update to the Bloodstained Kickstarter page.
The video shows the game's protagonist, Miriam, exploring the Galleon Minerva, which is adrift on stormy seas. There aren't any enemies in the video, possibly because the ship is meant to carry Miriam to the castle where most of Bloodstained's action is set to happen. Minerva is a pretty worn-down vessel, at any rate. You can get a look at the wind-whipped water through holes in its hull, and the storm itself whistles through its shaky boards.
Some Bloodstained backers are disappointed the video lacks enemies, but they needn't despair for long. If you're a $60 supporter, you'll soon be receiving a demo of Bloodstained, and it should have some action in it. The very same demo will be shown at the Xbox booth at this year's E3, and according to the game's Kickstarter page, backers will receive their preview either during E3 or shortly after. The demo is playable on Windows only, and will be distributed via Steam.
If you didn't back Bloodstained, there's still time to redeem yourself for your sins. Contribute $60 or more via the project's Kickstarter before June 13 to get the demo. Don't forget to complete your survey.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night's presence at E3 2016 is a good indication that the game is progressing well. The latest video may not feature any foes, but that doesn't stop my fingers from twitching as I watch it. There is a Soma-shaped hole in my being, and if Konami refuses to fill it, I'm more than happy to count on IGA to do his thing.
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