Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night launch trailer teases Shovel Knight as secret playable character

Now available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Publisher 505 Games and developer ArtPlay have released the launch trailer for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, which teases Shovel Knight as a secret playable character.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night launched today for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and is due out for Switch on June 25 in North America and June 28 in Europe.

Here is everything you need to know about the game for launch:

Conceived by the legendary Koji Igarashi, the renowned godfather of the beloved Igavania genre, and featuring music by Mirichu Yamane (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night) and Ippo Yamada (Resident Evil), Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a modern, side-scrolling action RPG experience that will satisfy long-time fans of Iga’s previous work, as well as entice players new to his legacy. Everything in Bloodstained is rendered in loving 3D detail on a 2D side-scrolling environment that evolves as players progress through the biggest game map of his career, giving them more to explore and enjoy.

Set in 18th century England, where a paranormal force has summoned a demon-infested castle, revealing crystal shards infused with tremendous magical power, players of Bloodstained take on the role of Miriam, an orphan scarred by an alchemist curse which slowly crystallizes her body, enabling her to use spells, weapons, special items, and abilities to tailor the game to their playstyle. To save humanity and herself, Miriam must fight through the castle while collecting, crafting, and unlocking a vast array of weapons, equipment and loot to defeat the summoner Gebel and the countless minions and bosses of hell that await.

Bloodstained will be available for purchase at the following dates and times:

Digital Releases

  • PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC:
    • Tuesday, June 18
      • 7 a.m. UTC (GMT) / 12:01 a.m. PDT on PlayStation Network (Europe, Korea)
      • 7 a.m. UTC (GMT) / 12:01 a.m. PDT on Xbox Games Store (North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand)
      • 13:00 UTC (GMT) / 6 a.m. PDT on Steam and GOG (North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand; Steam only in all Asian territories)
      • 17:00 UTC (GMT) / 10 a.m. PDT on PlayStation Network (North America)
    • Wednesday, June 19 on PS4 in Southeast Asia including Hong Kong and Taiwan
  • Switch
    • Tuesday, June 25 on Nintendo eShop (North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, and Southeast Asia including Hong Kong and Taiwan)

Physical Releases

  • PlayStation 4 and Xbox One:
    • Tuesday, June 18 on both consoles at participating North American and Korean retailers
    • Wednesday, June 19 on PS4 in Southeast Asia including Hong Kong and Taiwan
    • Thursday, June 20 on both consoles at participating retailers in Spain, Portugal, Australia, and New Zealand
    • Friday, June 21 on both consoles at participating retailers in U.K., France, Italy, Germany, and other European territories
  • Switch
    • Tuesday, June 25 at participating retailers in North America, Korea, and Southeast Asia including Hong Kong and Taiwan
    • Thursday, June 27 at participating retailers in Spain, Portugal, Australia and New Zealand
    • Friday, June 28 at participating retailers in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, and other European territories

All standard versions of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night are priced at $39.99.

In addition to the sprawling single-player story experience with alternate endings, more than a dozen DLCs will be released post-launch as free updates, including Online and Local Co-op and VS. mode, Roguelike mode, Boss Rush, Chaos mode, and Nightmare Difficulty. Secret playable characters are also awaiting discovery, increasing the replay value even further.

The Speed Demon Update, which adds optimized graphics, visuals and balance, in addition to Speed Run Mode, Boss Rush Mode, and the Pure Miriam Outfit, will be available at launch for PC and is expected later next week for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch.

Also available today for PC is the “Iga’s Back Pack” DLC, priced at $9.99. Players who opt in will be able to fight Koji Igarashi himself as a boss in-game and once defeated, earn the powerful Swordwhip weapon. The “Iga’s Back Pack” DLC will be available for Switch on Friday, June 28. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players will be able to purchase the “Iga’s Back Pack” DLC beginning Tuesday, July 2.

Watch the launch trailer below.

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