Oddly enough, I was beginning to wonder what exactly was going on with Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. The title was set for a 2018 release date, and there hasn’t been any mention as to what was happening with the game. That is until now and fans of the title aren’t going to be thrilled about the recent turn of events.
First up, the game has been delayed until 2019. I suppose that really shouldn’t surprise anyone, as the game was looking a bit rough. I’ve had several chances to get some hands-on with the game and every time I did, I asked is this the final version of the game. Needless to say, the delay will allow for some much-needed development time.
Our first announcement is that the game will now launch in 2019. The most important reason for this is to raise the quality level, especially after all the very valuable feedback from the Beta Backer Demo.
Secondly, everyone’s fears have been realized; The PS Vita version has been canceled. Ever since Sony decided to bury their handheld that could have, companies have been shuttering their plans for it. Sadly, Bloodstained was the next victim.
The second announcement is that the game will no longer launch on PlayStation Vita. This decision is largely due to Sony’s plans to discontinue the Vita console, ending production of physical copies and stopping certain online store support features.
It is extremely unfortunate, but as a result, we won’t be releasing the game on Vita. For the backers who have ordered the PS Vita version of the game, you will be able to choose another platform or request a refund.
If you donated/pledged for the PS Vita version, an email will be sent out to you. You’ll have the option to either change platforms or receive a refund.
While I’m all for the delay for more dev loving, the cancelation of the PS Vita version really hurts. This now means that the only way to play Bloodstained on the go is the Switch version. Which is being worked on as well, since the Wii U version was also canceled in 2017.
Source: Bloodstained Kickstarter