The Wii U version of ex-Castlevania guy Koji Igarashi’s Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has (inevitably?) been dumped, the producer announced in an update on the game’s Kickstarter page, and will now be developed for the Nintendo Switch.
“During our Kickstarter campaign, the Wii U was at the height of its popularity, but the situation has drastically changed after the release of Nintendo Switch,” he explained.
“This change made it difficult to receive the necessary support from the hardware maker, which has led us to drop the Wii U development and shift the development to Nintendo Switch.”
He apologised but added that “we hope you will understand” what’s doubtless going to be a controversial decision. The Wii U version of the “Igavania” – plus Pro Controller and exclusive Wii U GamePad support, in-game Miis, and an annotatable map on the GamePad – was included as a $3 million stretch goal in the campaign, so this kind of counts as treachery or something. The game was actually supposed to ship this month, but was subsequently delayed into 2018.
“We are very sorry that it has come to this after all your support, but we hope you will understand. We would like to respond by preparing options for our backers, such as moving your pledge to another version or requesting a refund if you don’t want any other version.”
Those campaign backers who chose the Wii U version of the game will now automatically get the Switch version instead, or they can swap it for the PC, PS4, Xbox One, or Vita version, or nuke their order entirely for a refund.
And I expect this won’t be the only Wii U development cancellation we’ll see in the coming months. Even Nintendo isn’t releasing any more games on Wii U.