Famed Castelvania producer Koji Igarashi announces his departure from Konami to begin raising funds on Kickstarter for a new project
Castlevania is a series that has stood the test of time in ways that no other game series has or probably ever will. Reaching clear back to the days of 8 bit gaming Castlevania has graced scores of platforms and weaved one of the most intricate pieces of game lore in history. Its popularity could be traced back in large part to one man, its producer Koji Igarashi; who had more passion for his game series than many of its fans. Clear up until Konami opted to take the series out of his hands, placing Metal Gear Solid producer Hideo Kojima.
That’s led to years of neglect by Konami that has finally convinced the veteran producer to leave the company that’s been going through a serious rough patch this year. Now on his Igarashi has launched a spiritual successor to Castelvania on Kickstarter called Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Set release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One Ritual of Night will have all hallmarks of a Castlevania game without Konami’s trademarks. Igarashi has high hopes for the games success even though it will be more expensive develop without access to Castlevania’s assets.
The Kickstarter campaign, with a goal of $5oo,000, already has investment backing according to Igarashi. Stating that the reason the goal is set so high is to first ensure that Ritual of Night will have a high quality budget; but more importantly he and his team would like to produce the game on disc for the PS4 and Xbox One. Giving gamers who prefer physical copies over digital download an option the average Kickstarter campaign doesn’t. During the campaign Igarashi also wants to develop a connection with the massive Western fan base he never knew he had.
Partnering with Fangamer to create rewards for the campaign the ex Castlevania producer wants to get fans involved in the development process. Realizing that fan involvement can not only help craft a stronger gamer but also give him and his team a constant vote of confidence. Fangamer is helping that process along by encouraging fans to create fan art, stories, and videos about the Ritual of Night universe to raise excitement about the campaign. Its never easy launching a new IP and the team is hopeful that encouraging fans to get involved will make the ride smoother.
Of course a quick look at the former Konami producers campaign page will show that he and his team have very little to worry about. Barely after opening the game has already completely blown past its original funding goal. Hitting as of the time of this writing $835, 401, a number that is quite literally rising by the second. Few would be surprised if Ritual of Night were to reach a over a million before the campaign closes.