With six days remaining in its Kickstarter campaign for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Koji Igarashi’s tribute to the classic Castlevania titles, has reached its stretch goal to come to the PlayStation Vita.

With the combined funding from Kickstarter along with backers from Paypal, Bloodstained was able to easily surpass the $3.5 million goal it had set for itself.

The PS Vita version of the game will be handled by Armature Studios, whose past work for the Vita include solid titles such as Injustice: Gods Among Us, The Unfinished Swan, and Metal Gear Solid HD Collection. They’re promising to work closely with the team making the PS4 version so that there will be full cross-save support built in to the game. They’ve also pledged that they will make the game fully compatible with the PlayStation TV.


Some other features added for the Vita will include full touch support for the map which will allow players to draw and scrub the map. Additionally, Armature wants to include a feature where the game’s soundtrack can be exported to the Vita’s music library. This will be especially nice if Bloodstained can reach its next funding goal which will bring in fully orchestrated music tracks.

Perhaps best of all is the news that the game will be released as both a physical retail game as well as a digital download.

It’s still not too late to become a backer and reserve your copy of the game today. The campaign will wrap up on June 12, so don’t delay if you want to support this latest addition to the Vita’s game library.

  • Logan Graham

    Backed it! 😀

  • pkmaximum

    Also backed this project! This game is going to be awesome, especially with the cross-save functionality. Would cross-play be a possibility as well since there is going to be co-op?

  • Buckybuckster

    I could cry right now! Screw E3! Even if the Vita has it’s traditional poor to weak presence at the show, the announcements over the past few weeks have been absolutely glorious!

    I have never been happier to be an owner of a supposedly dead system! My thanx to those who backed this future classic!

  • Dinoegg96

    Is it 100% confirmed that there will be a retail release of the Vita version???

    • Anthony Brinklow

      I want to know this too.

      • pkmaximum

        There will be a retail copy exclusive to backers I believe. Afterall it says “digital and physical copies available.”

  • Nonscpo

    Called it!

  • BRS25

    So does that mean I can find the physical copy in stores? In other words, do I have to fund them via kickstarter to get a copy?

    • pkmaximum

      Yes, highly unlikely this game will not see a physical retail-store release so to speak. I would recommend backing the game now to reserve your physical copy, and just to overall help it hit stretch goals.

  • Devin Hudson

    I’m curious in regards to a retail release as well, because $60 for a non-Special/Limited/Collector’s Edition physical Vita game is pretty expensive. If it’s going to be released in stores (for the normal $40 price tag) then there’s really no point in backing this, but if the physical Vita version is Kickstarter exclusive then I might have to bite the bullet and back it.

    My hope was that when the Vita stretch goal was reached, they’d introduce a lower price tier for Vita physical copies (not to imply that it would be an inferior version, but just to reflect the reality that handheld games retail for less than console games). It doesn’t look like that’s happening though, so now it’s a harder decision as to whether I should back this or not.

    • Kaetokiha

      The $60 tier comes not only with the physical copy, but you also get some in game exclusives. It’s more about backing the project so it can happen. If everyone was thinking like you the game would never be released.

      • Devin Hudson

        But those in game exclusives come with the other versions of the game as well, so that still doesn’t make up for the price difference. If people want to assign that much value to the game then that’s their right, just as it’s mine to say that it isn’t worth that much.

        The project was going to happen millions of dollars ago, so me backing it at this point is largely irrelevant (it would only help with stretch goals). I don’t see how wondering about something that could still end up with me backing it is such a bad thing. Maybe you have plenty of money to throw around with reckless abandon, but I’m more careful about how I spend mine.

        And I wish more people did think like me, because we’d probably have more answers to these kinds of questions by now if they did. But from what I’ve read of the comments, most of the backers don’t seem to talk about anything of substance.

        • UK-Craigie

          fully agree with you here, wouldn’t mind picking up this game myself and no doubt will when it hits the ps store, at this point its not about backing the project so it could happen, its already way passed its target, and i cant see myself shelling out about £40 for a collectors edition of a game unless its very special lol

  • Jonathan Harding-Rathbone

    Dang I can’t afford to back this as I recently backed Formula Fusion and Yuka-lailee recently so I’m broke. Will support it with a purchase when it comes out though. Really digging all these revivals. The gaming industry is going through a monumental shift which is finally evening the gap between AAA development and smaller independent teams. What a time to be a gamer.

  • Julio Bonetti

    Great news! With Axiom Verge and this coming to Vita, the Metroidvania genre will be well represented on the handheld (lets not forget that we also got Guacamelee, one of the Vitas finest).