The fans who had eagerly been awaiting the release of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will have to wait a little longer, as a post on the game's official Kickstarter page has confirmed that the release date for the game has been pushed back to 2019.
The reason for the delay is due to quality issues, as the developers received a lot of feedback from the beta demo of the game that had been sent out to backers and wanted to take more time to ensure that the product is as good as it can be.
The other major announcement in the Kickstarter post is that the PlayStation Vita version of the game has been canceled. The developers have stressed that this has more to do with Sony discontinuing support for the console.
Those of you who backed the Bloodstained Kickstarter and were owed a copy of the Vita version of the game can either switch their choice to another system or can request a refund.
The Castlevania series seemed dormant for a long time, which was one of the key reasons why Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night received so much support in the first place. The fate of the Castlevania series has recently changed, with Simon Belmont and Richter Belmont confirmed to be appearing in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, along with many creatures and bosses from the series appearing as stage hazards.
While gamers across the world will be using the Vampire Killer whip to crush Bayonetta and Cloud Strife in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at the end of the year, the Bloodstained fans will be forced to wait a little longer before they can get a fix of some Castlevania action.
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Shigeru Miyamoto once said that a delayed game can still be great, but a rushed game will be bad forever. If these delays only lead to a superior product, then there is no harm in having to wait a little longer.
Then again... this delay could just be holding off the inevitable reveal that Bloodstained is the next Mighty No.9 or Yooka-Laylee and falls short of everyone's expectations. It seems that we won't know the truth of the matter until next year.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will now be released in 2019.