505 Games publishing Bloodstained for Mac
This has been a great week for Mac game announcements, what with Mad Max and Civ VI pre-order news. But the latest big announcement has come from a place you may not have been looking. Global publisher 505 Games has entered into an agreement with ArtPlay Inc. for exclusive worldwide publishing rights to Bloodstained, the latest opus from the series producer of Castlevania.
And that agreement includes a version for OS X.
Created by Koji Igarashi and funded on Kickstarter in 2015 (it has raised $5.5 million to date), Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is being touted as the spiritual successor to the much-loved and highly-acclaimed Castlevania series of which Igarashi was the series producer from 2001 to 2010. Bloodstained follows the beloved “Metroidvania” style of gameplay, and will also replicate its familiar 2.5D style.
You can see snippets of how it’s coming together in the partnership announcement.
Although no release date has been announced (in early September, Igarashi pushed back the release window to the first half of 2018), Bloodstained is now in full production for Windows, Linux, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, WiiU, Xbox One and macOS. The press release specifically mentions the deal with 505 Games does not cover mobile and tablets, but the game could still hit iOS via a different publisher.
There’s also no word of whether we can expect a simultaneous release, but we’ll let you know as soon as we find out. We’ll be watching this game’s development very closely, after all.
For more information on Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (or to make a pledge), visit www.kickstarter.com.