Shantae Studio to Help Finish Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

WayForward Technologies will help ArtPlay and DICO bring Bloodstained to the finish line.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night developer ArtPlay has brought Shantae: Half-Genie Hero developer WayForward Technologies on board to help with development.

Announced through Bloodstained’s Kickstarter page, producer Koji Igarashi called WayForward a “top-tier” developer of side-scrolling action games, adding that he worked with one of WayForward’s employees on a previous project. Igarashi said WayForward would help him to realize his vision for the game.

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The producer added that WayForward has been “helping to improve the game and fix any bugs that pop up.” There’s one bug in particular that’s currently making Bloodstained crash, but Igarashi said it’ll be fixed with the new partner studio’s help. 

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Concept art for the enemy Cyhyreath. Credit: DICO, ArtPlay, WayForward Technologies.

In the post announcing the collaboration, Igarashi shared the above concept art of a new enemy dubbed Cyhyreath. The team is planning on showing off more enemies like Cyhyreath before release but will keep the total number of them secret until launch.

Jason Ryan of publisher 505 Games noted that there was still no release date to announce but that WayForward coming on board brings the team closer to making that eventual announcement.

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Back in August, Igarashi announced that Bloodstained had been delayed out of 2018 and into 2019. Kickstarter backers, however, have been able to access a demo since June.

Nick Santangelo is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia. He loves video games and sports, but not sports video games. Follow him on Twitter.

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