For fans who have been wanting a 2D Castlevania, waiting for Konami to make one has been a painful wait. But the mastermind behind many of the "Metroid-vania" style games, Koji Igarashi, is working on a brand new one. Neither a Castlevania game or published by Konami, comes a new game called Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Dubbed as a spiritual successor to the Castlevania series and in the "Metroid-vania" style (dubbed "Igavania" for obvious reasons) that fans have come to adore. Of course with no big publisher behind this project, Igrashi and the team working on the game Inti Creates went to Kickstarter to help fund the project. Much like Yooka-Laylee, the project has already been funded, with over $735,000 pledged on a goal of $500,000. If you check out the Kickstarter page, there are a few things that are rather interesting. While there are traditional backer goals, there are backer achievements by doing such things as sending in fan art, following on Twitter, and subscribing on YouTube. These will unlock things in the campaign and is a unique idea to get more exposure for Bloodstained.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the NIght centers around Miriam, an orphan scarred by an alchemist curse that slowly crystallizes her skin. Playing as Miriam you must fight through a demon filled castle summoned by Gebel. As the original host for the same alchemist curse that plagues Miriam, he survived the high effects laid on him. Destroying the guild that created him gives him the realization he is no longer human or belongs on Earth. Thus this is his motivation to summon the demon castle from hell. You can still contribute to the Kickstarter, as there are more than 30 days left. For now the highest stretch goal is at $850,000 which if reached will bring the famous voice of Solid Snake, David Hyter on board to voice the antagonist Gebel. Bloodstained will be released on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
Would you like a survival type game like DayZ mixed with some dinosaurs? If your answer was yes (and we hope it was) then check out the trailer for ARK: Survival Evolved. Starting the game puts you on a mysterious island called ARK, all while freezing, naked, and hungry. Put dinosaurs that probably want you for dinner on top of that and you've got a serious problem on your hands. Hunt, harvest resources, craft items, grow crops, research technologies, and build shelters to withstand the elements along with the fearsome dinos. You can choose to kill or even tame leviathan dinosaurs and other primeval creatures roaming the land. ARK: Survival Evolved is coming to Steam Early Access on June 2nd. The game is also being developed for Xbox One and Playstation 4 with Project Morpheus support.