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IGAVANIA (n): A gothic, exploration-focused action platformer, designed by one of the godfathers of the genre!
IGAVANIA (n): A gothic, exploration-focused action platformer, designed by one of the godfathers of the genre!
IGAVANIA (n): A gothic, exploration-focused action platformer, designed by one of the godfathers of the genre!
64,867 backers pledged $5,545,991 to help bring this project to life.

Development Update: New release timeline


We've got an important development update from IGA this week, and we wanted to make sure the backers were the first to hear it. In short: To ensure the game meets his quality standards, IGA is bringing on additional developers and has moved his estimate for the game's release back to the first half of 2018. Here's more information, directly from IGA: 

The last thing I want to do is keep our backers waiting, but after receiving such incredible support, I feel responsible for delivering the best product I possibly can. Again, I offer my sincerest apologies. 

All of us on the campaign and development sides of the team are looking forward to playing the finished game as soon as we can, but as IGA says, we also want this game to be "done right the first time." 

We'll continue to keep you updated on the development process every step of the way. (In fact, the next regularly scheduled update, featuring some songs and commentary from Michiru Yamane, is just about ready to go. And as IGA mentioned, you can expect more news about the development process as soon as it's available.) 

Thanks again for all you've done to make such an exciting project possible. 

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    1. Missing avatar

      Tom W on December 24, 2016

      Will look great on Scorpio! Can't wait

    2. Jimtendo32 on December 13, 2016

      Take your time to get it right Iga, much love and respect. xx

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      Ethan on November 13, 2016

      Take your time, A good Castalvinia game matters.

    4. white-devil on October 2, 2016

      Take your time, make it great!

    5. Corey Rickmers on October 1, 2016

      Very disappointed with this. I understand wanting the best product, but after stunts like mighty no. 9 and other projects, delays may indicate that you got in way over your head. I hope that the end product is as good as we hope but it doesn't make this any easier for us the consumer especially after being told there would little to no delays. I can only hope my money and my trust was well placed. but this is bad in my opinion regardless of how it's spun.

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      William on October 1, 2016

      Thank you for being open about delays. For high-profile campaigns such as this, transparency is paramount. I for one am in no rush, as my backlog of games is large enough to last me quite some time. So please take your time to ensure a high-quality product, one that delivers on all promises.

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      Mr-Sven on September 28, 2016

      I'm as disappointed as anybody here, but I'm afraid more than anything.

      I'm afraid for the Wii U version coming out with the delay kicking the whole project back so far. I hope that Iga and the team doesn't cancel it down the line especially after making it a stretch goal to begin with. I'm just... scared now.

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      Jason Moorhouse on September 28, 2016

      Ill be honest this is pretty upsetting - with as much money as this project raised and the amount of support...

    9. Joe Miskell on September 27, 2016

      I hope you and your team are well and find someway to make this a game worth coming back too for years just like Symphony of the night was

    10. Elissar Saleeba on September 26, 2016

      Iga, we trust you. You're being open and we want this to be the best possible game. Just keep us informed of these decisions and most of us will be okay with it.

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      Andrew on September 24, 2016

      Completely okay with pushing it back; we need a GOOD castlevania spiritual successor, and no better than Iga can ensure it, I'm sure of it! So take your time, craft a masterpiece that we can enjoy and remember.

    12. George on September 23, 2016

      Iga i'm a patient man. Don't rush and take your time, I'll wait as long as it takes. :)

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      Robert Fincher on September 23, 2016

      Take your time i want a good game the way you imagine it :)

    14. Robert on September 22, 2016

      Take.Your.Time. Make it the game we deserve, not the game we need right now.

    15. Dustin Gisclair on September 21, 2016

      I'm okay with this, as I thought the initial timeline was way too short to make a decent game with such a small team. On the other hand, an extended development timeline also means the need for a larger budget. I'd assume that hopefully with the funds from kickstarter plus the support from Deep Silver this project is getting, that money should not become a major issue.

    16. Justin Anzelone on September 19, 2016

      I'm fine with this. Take your time, make it good!

    17. Frank Zarychta on September 19, 2016

      Don't rush it. Too many games have been ruined because they had to meet deadlines and made drastic cuts to content, polish, and/or bug testing. I don't want this game to suffer the same fate.

    18. SixVicious on September 19, 2016

      Don't be desperate, guys. As long as I don't want to seem like Konami, this delay it's ok. I also want to play this game but, just take one more look at all features Bloodstained will have. Isn't worth it?

      This is why Iga came to Kickstarter. To stop a company being pushing him (and his team) of simply getting a milestone date leaving back the quality and more important, the fun of a game.

      For the love of the vgame (:

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      Billy C on September 19, 2016

      As long as it doesnt end up like MN9, I'm fine.

    20. Blackghost on September 18, 2016

      What? Are you freaking kidding me?
      And don't give us excuses like that.. **feel responsible for delivering the best product I possibly can** Well, you should first respect your words. Because you dont feel responsible to respect your timing. When I back a project, I want the devs to respect what they promised.
      Man, a year + delay.....

      Shame on you.

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      Marcopolo Estrada Rojas on September 18, 2016

      I don't even know if I'll be alive fon that date :/ , I really want to play it

    22. Mark Winiarski on September 18, 2016

      A 3 month delay? Sure...6 month delay? Ummm OK...1 year+ delay? That is absurd...

    23. Genya Alucard on September 17, 2016

      I can wait. Thank you for your honesty Mr. IGA.

    24. Bradley Genaw on September 16, 2016

      Id rather see this than already start to see special editions on Gamestop showing up for the game. With so many disappointments in gaming lately. This is an excellent move and I support this decision. Of course I want the game, but if it turns out to be like Mighty No. 9 or No Man's Sky. Everything will be lost. This is one of the few games I still have any hope for. Please for the sake of fans everywhere. Please make this game into everything you want it to be.

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      Wondercrab on September 16, 2016

      I am more than happy to wait as long as it takes for the game to be polished up to the standard it deserves. Delays are never a bad thing in my mind, especially not when they're communicated openly and early on. If anything they're a sign that the developers care about making the game as good as it possibly can be.

    26. Missing avatar on September 16, 2016

      When I backed this project I was signing on to see a vision of Iga's made into a reality. To see that vision realized in a way that doesn't satisfy his own standards of quality would be a disappointment at best. I can easily, eagerly wait for 2018 if that's what it takes to see this come to life in the way it deserves.

    27. Luke Anderson on September 16, 2016

      IGA, your honesty, openess, and desire to keep us in the loop is admirable! Every one of us has a love and invested interest in this game that's only matched by your own. This project succeeded so far beyond initial expectations, that something like this was only natural to occur. With so many features, mechanics, and goals this game has established, I'm more than happy to wait and see Bloodstained perfected in the way you've always dreamt of. You all still have my full support just as much as you did when I first pledged. Keep up the amazing work everyone!

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      Erik Polo Levin on September 15, 2016

      A great desicion. I prefer delays every day over a lower quality game. Take the time you guys need, don't rush it for our sake.

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      SimonSay on September 15, 2016

      yes, yes I think delay game is not so bad. Like what Shigeru Miyamoto say "A delayed game is eventually good, a bad game is bad forever." Also, don't rush it.

    30. Goran Botic on September 14, 2016

      @Alejandro I think it was mostly a disconnect when it came to Mighty No. 9. They did try to communicate with backers, but it wasn't very efficient and effective. I'm hoping they improve upon that for next time, as I still have faith in Inafking. I feel that Bloodstained will be different, and will be a success. I've always believed in Iga.

      I support this delay, and by all means, don't be afraid to take your time. Let a few backers get frustrated from delays, they'll get the game in the end anyways. Just make it the way you have it envisioned in your head and I've got no doubt Bloodstained will come out as a success Iga!

    31. Alejandro Anaya on September 13, 2016

      Yes, please learn from Mighty No.9 and have solid communication, and give realistic expectations. Its better to not give a date, and just say its done when its done, rather than keep pushing back dates like Mighty No.9 did and upset everyone. Honestly, a lot can be learned from that project (not the game) and the lack of overall communication.

      Thank you IGA and Team for keeping us in the loop and decision making through voting! I am also looking forward to hearing some new tunes!

    32. Marko Lindroos on September 13, 2016

      Take all the time you need, I'm confident that you'll make a great game! Keep up the good work!

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      AZM on September 13, 2016

      I'm OK with this, as long as there are regular development updates it, and that this ensures the game will be made to the best of your abilities and meet, and hopefully surpass, our expectations.

      Oh, and as someone here already mentioned, please don't water down the quality of the game because of the PS Vita port, don't make the PS Vita port drag down the quality of the game on the other platforms so as to make the quality on all platforms equal, please. Seriously.

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      James on September 12, 2016

      I have complete faith that you’re doing the right thing to deliver an excellent game. Take whatever time you need.

    36. Edward Farkhiev on September 12, 2016

      There was zero doubt in my mind this game (like almost every other KS game) would be late. I just want the best game possible. Take your time to craft a work of art.

      Us backers are all with you!

    37. Excited Designer on September 12, 2016

      All I need is regular progress reports until the game is released and my backer 'gifts' met. When is not an issue, since there are a lot of games coming out this year and next that I want to play. Thank you for the updates. You guys are doing some good work. Would be great to see some of what the devs and designers are producing these days.


    38. Eric Pescatore on September 12, 2016

      I am ok with this because of the damn fine Caricature of Iga... i mean who can say no to that face! Though 2018 does pain me, one would hope a 1Q release.

    39. Billy Chin on September 12, 2016

      A beta version to tryout around 2017 would please us all, literally.

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      Ritchie Tiongson on September 12, 2016

      As long as we keep getting regular progress updates like we have so far, I don't have a problem with this.

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      William Bowen on September 12, 2016

      No problem. I trust Iga with this project and I'm sure the wait will be worth it.

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      Jerard on September 11, 2016

      Lol this to me is good news. want my game to come out polished

    43. Gordon Bennetto on September 11, 2016

      Iga has only ever produced well polished, fantastic adventure titles. I trust his decision, and wish the best of luck to him and his team!

    44. Sebbe on September 11, 2016

      As long as we don get a Vita release I am fine, don't want an other mess up like Hyper Light Drifter.

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      Oskar Carlsson on September 11, 2016

      I'm fine with this taking a little longer to come out for the sake of quality. I trust IGA and I want this game to be good. 頑張ってください!

    46. Gonzalo M.B. on September 11, 2016

      jajaj this is really... how to say it... Courious?
      This subject is a topic in my conversations with my brother about the gamers, what they expect, the limits date, that kind of stuff...

      I express openly to him that i am a gamer of patience and prefer to wait to recive a mid-developed game or a "deception".
      I'll trusth in IGA and wait with my heart open =D

      Greetings to the community and thanks for yours efforts team of "BloodStained: Ritual of the Night"

    47. janju on September 10, 2016

      No big deal as long as the final product is comparable to SotN!

    48. Siranoid on September 10, 2016

      It sucks that it we need to wait for 2018, but that's not a big price to pay if the game will be at it's best and fun to play upon release.

    49. André Marshall on September 10, 2016

      Take your time folks. Id rather have a totally awesome game, instead of a nearly totally awesome game! :)