Fans were excited for the upcoming release of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and it was coming along nicely. The game had even gotten as far as a private beta demo. But, citing similar reasons to its previous delay, the team at ArtPlay has now announced that it will be held back again, this time until sometime in 2019.
It’s sad, but this happens with games sometimes. Creator Koji Igarashi explained in an update on the game’s Kickstarter page that the team wants to “raise the quality level, especially after all the very valuable feedback from the beta backer demo.”
This update also revealed that the game’s release on the PlayStation Vita has been axed. Sorry, PlayStation Vita users. Development of the game has gone on for so long (it was originally scheduled for release in 2017) that this platform has died while we waited.
You might say that Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a victim of its own success. It surged past its initial crowdfunding target, and the subsequent stretch goals have only given its developers a bigger workload. But it’s a workload the team wants to get right. A delay that means a better game is worth it to serious gamers so it stinks, but it’s a good thing.