Koji Igarashi, the producer behind Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, has announced a sequel to Ritual of the Night’s companion game, Curse of the Moon. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 continues the first game’s NES-style 2D platforming, adding new playable characters and a more expansive campaign.
As in Curse of the Moon, the sequel features several playable characters that the player can switch between during gameplay. These include the samurai Zengetsu, the exorcist Dominique, Robert the sharpshooter, and Hachi, a corgi in a giant suit of armour. From the trailer, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 might seem like a more robust version of Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse. That may be true, but as long as Konami isn’t making more Castlevania games, Inti Creates will continue to borrow ideas from that series to fill that unfilled niche.
While Igarashi is working on future updates to Ritual of the Night, it is nice that we also have these Curse of the Moon games to keep us going in the meantime. The Castlevania series was not always exploration-focused Metroidvania titles. Curse of the Moon was a love letter to those that fondly remembered the pre-Symphony of the Night Castlevania games.
We don’t have much information regarding when the game will release, but the trailer states that it is “coming soon”. As with its predecessor, the game will release on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch. It looks like fans of the retro Castlevania titles won’t have long to wait for Curse of the Moon 2.