Update 20: Sword or Whip Results, Boss Reveal, and the Pyrite Coin
As the campaign begins its final week, a crisis grimmer than any we've seen before finally concludes: Pixel IGA has returned to make his final judgment. Sword or Whip voters have chosen their weapon, and the winner—after a ferocious series of clan battles—is Sword. Specifically, Clan Katana. Which means we can finally reveal just what it was you were voting for, if the hint in the first sentence didn't already give it away:
That Katana, which will be available in every version of Bloodstained, will be one of the most dangerous weapons in the game—if you can earn it. And don't worry: IGA and Inti Creates will make you earn it.
If your clan didn't win, fear not: There will be swords and whips enough to go around in the final version of Bloodstained. And you'll need every one of them if you're going to unlock the Swordwhip in your backer-edition game, because your hidden boss is...
He won't look like that—not even a little like that—but we had Kari Fry create this remarkable artist's depiction for a reason. That backer-exclusive boss? It will be IGA.
He was reluctant to include himself in the game like this—even as an eldritch easter egg—but he relented when he saw fans talking about the possibility. Look, take my word for it: You've never been beaten into the ground and eviscerated by a nicer guy.
We… were not expecting that! We put 10 autographed Amano posters on offer, and we ran through them in 10 minutes. We went back, posters in hand, and Amano agreed to sign some more. Here’s the tier info:
While we’re talking about Amano prints, a reassuring word for collectors and perfectionists: Whether yours is autographed or not, it will be well-protected (and unfolded) when it ships.
We're also happy to announce that Inti has agreed to tackle a few more Hounds of Hell tiers!
The final hours approach
Fans counting syllables in
the final hours
One hundred haiku
About the world of Bloodstained
Due June 11
A classical haiku, of course, is about nature and movement and landscape, and not (just) counting syllables. Here’s a freebie (1/100) to get you started:
The castle descends
on the place her old life died
Tweet your haiku out with the hashtag #IGAhaiku to be counted!
Paypal update: more than 1,500 backers for $126k. Online Challenges will be yours in no time.
You guys somehow managed to cross 4 off the list. You deserve a Backer Achievement for achieving Backer Achievements.
That brings you to 53 achievements. You're in uncharted territory, but for now all you can think about is the coin you finally hold in your hands.
The Pyrite Coin was clearly not made by professionals—but then, professionals wouldn't try to make a coin out of fool's gold. It's lumpy and a little off-center, and the etching of Miriam on the front would not qualify for most of our fanart achievements.
The strange man behind the desk told you it would unlock a bonus stretch goal. So you hand it to him, and he looks at it with a loupe that doesn't seem to have any glass in it. He cackles. "Thank you!"
"You'll be able to use this in the arcade," he says, pointing you toward a long hall you hadn't seen before. The sign, written in the man's spidery hand, says:
"NEW GAME PLUS. - >"