Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night delayed to 2019, cancelled on PS Vita

For those of you keeping count, ex-Castlevania gy Koji Igarashi’s not-Castlevania was originally expected to launch in May 2017, then delayed into 2018, and this is the second platform dropped from the list since the project was funded in 2015a Wii U version of the game was also subsequently dumped in the trash, and replaced with a Nintendo Switch version instead.

So, I guess it’s more or less exactly on schedule for a Kickstarter thing, hashtag zing.

“Our first announcement is that the game will now launch in 2019. The most important reason for this is to raise the quality level, especially after all the very valuable feedback from the Beta Backer Demo,” Igarashi explains in an update on the game’s campaign page.

“The second announcement is that the game will no longer launch on PlayStation Vita. This decision is largely due to Sony’s plans to discontinue the Vita console, ending production of physical copies and stopping certain online store support features.”

Much like the binned Wii U version, people who backed the game for a PS Vita copy can claim a refund or swap it for a different version. Although backing a game for PS Vita seems like a mistake that doesn’t even deserve compensation.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will now be out on Switch, PC, Xbox One, and PS4 next year, unless it isn’t. In the meantime, though, we’ve got Dead Cells so it’s okay.