Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night's Release Date Reveals a Longer Wait for Switch Players

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night's Release Date Reveals a Longer Wait for Switch Players

Hang in there, Switch owners. It ain't too bad.

Koji Igarashi's long-awaited Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night finally has a miserable little pile of release dates. All versions of the game are coming in June, with the Switch version (June 25) coming a bit behind the Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4 (June 18).

The release dates are delivered at the end of a new trailer video posted to Bloodstained's Kickstarter page earlier this morning. The trailer isn't just any old trailer, though. It's an amusingly determined piece of work that fills the screen with complaints from Kickstarter backers and critics about how the game's early builds look "like poop" (and other excretions). Koji Igarashi cries "I will prove them wrong!" before he hurls his wine glass Dracula-style. After that outburst, the trailer goes on to show "old" and "new" versions of the game. The "new" footage indeed looks much more polished than the old.

It's good, sassy fun, and probably a nice mood-lifter for the Bloodstained team. The spiritual successor to the masterful Castlevania: Symphony of the Night had a troubled showing at PAX East thanks to significant slowdown and frame-skipping (which Igarashi blamed on Switch units overheating). I was able to play a new PC build of the game at PAX East and found its performance was much better than the Switch's demo.

The Kickstarter post featuring the new trailer admits the Switch version of Bloodstained is coming a little later so that the team has a chance to apply a little extra polish. The Switch version is also locked at 30 FPS. The PC build I played was a pretty consistent 60 FPS, so keep that and the time delay in mind when deciding which version of Bloodstained to adopt.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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