After years, we are finally in the release month of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. This big new Metroidvania (“Igavania”) comes from industry veteran Koji Igarashi. Gematsu recently interviewed Igarashi about the game, and amongst the discussion arose the topic of Castlevania. He said that he would make a new Castlevania if Konami came asking about it!
Igarashi was of course the caretaker of the Castlevania series at Konami for several years, beginning with the highly revered Symphony of the Night on PlayStation and Sega Saturn. And as fans know, there are still some stories referenced in Igarashi’s Castlevania timeline that have never taken place in an actual game. Koji Igarashi is up to explore those stories:
If you had the chance to make another Castlevania, what kind of game would you like to make?
Igarashi: “There are two episodes that we’ve implied but never finished. So I’d like to finish those.”
How long ago was that?
Igarashi: In Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, we implied that Dracula was destroyed in 1999, but no one has yet to tell that story.”
So if Konami gave you the offer, would you make it?
I would love to play a Castlevania game set during Dracula’s 1999 destruction! What about you?
In the meantime, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night releases for Nintendo Switch on June 25 and for other platforms on June 18.