Kickstarter is the land where promises are made and broken like piñatas. Ages ago, when Koji Igarashi’s Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was announced on the platform, one of the many things the game promised via stretch goals and the like was a “roguelike” mode. However, in a Kickstarter update today, 505 Games revealed that mode is canceled. But in its place, Bloodstained is getting an official, honest-to-God Randomizer mode! It will debut alongside new playable character Zangetsu in a future free update.
Bloodstained Randomizer will be a reality, no mods required
Here is how Jason “Question” Ryan, senior community manager at 505 Games, describes the Bloodstained Randomizer:
As an example, “Items – Retain Method” means that items will be found in the same spawn method (chest, mob drop, etc.) as normal. Items found in chests will still be found in chests, they will just get mixed around. “Total random” means anything can drop anywhere.
The mode will ensure safeguards to ensure that items needed to complete the game will be obtainable, so you can’t softlock your progress.
Once you make your selections, you can generate a seed that you can use for reference or to share with someone else. In addition, a timer will track your progress through the game and display your completion time at the end of a run.
So in other words, it sounds exactly like one would expect of such a mode — saving future modders and speedrunners a lot of effort. This is a pretty delightful surprise and of much higher value to some than a roguelike mode would have been.
But aside from a Bloodstained Randomizer, the Boss Revenge mode is still on the horizon for a separate future update. This mode will allow players to play as bosses to beat up good guys, a great concept. Additionally, 505 Games notes that the Switch version of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night finally enjoys parity with the game on all other platforms, meaning they all feature the same content (though the developers are still working on minor performance enhancements for the Switch version). Moving forward, all versions of this title will receive updates simultaneously.
What do you think of these updates, and are you surprised by the Bloodstained Randomizer in particular?
[Disclosure: The author of this article backed Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on Kickstarter. He received no external compensation to write this article.]