It took longer than expected to arrive in Koji Igarashi's Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, but the delays proved useful: we called it "a perfect tribute" to Igarashi's past games in our review of 77 %, making it "a party for fans of this very specific experience". It also inspired an 8-bit-style derivation, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, which came out a bit ironically ahead of Ritual of the Night and got an even higher 80%, not bad for what was originally conceived as a bonus of stretched goal.
A sequel to A Curse of the Moon was released in July, and the Ritual of the Night team has been constantly incorporating DLC into the larger game since its release. But there were no signs of a sequel until this May, when a quarterly financial report from 505 Games parent company, Digital Bros., said Bloodstained had a "second version in development."
The wording is vague: a "second version" may mean a next-generation edition, a mobile version, or something for Stadia, perhaps, but the widespread hope was that it meant a complete and appropriate sequel to Ritual of the Night. it works.
Today, the official Twitter account Bloodstained has confirmed that yes.
Regarding recent reports, @ 505_Games and @ArtplayEN are in very early planning stages for a #Bloodstained sequel. However, current development resources are focused on completing the upcoming content of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. We have many things planned for you. pic.twitter.com/yPV0n31gBXJune 4, 2021
"As for recent reports, @ 505_Games i @ArtplayEN are in very early planning stages for #Sangat sequel. However, current development resources are focused on completing the upcoming content of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. We have a lot planned for you. "
Igarashi himself confirmed that, for the time being, the study "focuses on the rest of the contents of Ritual of the Night".
Currently at ArtPlay, we are in the stages of working on the plot centered around the previous director of our Shutaro title. Right now, we’re focusing on the rest of the contents of Ritual of the Night, so we look forward to the next information. https://t.co/a4MHMW6p2zJune 4, 2021
There is no other information at this time, such as what the new game will be about or when we could keep an eye on it, but at this early stage the simple fact that it is happening is enough for many fans, who reacted in the news with what might be called unbridled enthusiasm.
SEQUEL ?! ???!?! LETS GOOOAAAAAAL !!! GOOOAAAAAAL !!! GOOOAAAAAAL !!! GOOOAAALJune 4, 2021
Please keep Miriam and Johannes in the sequel. I like it! We look forward to the sequel and new content of the first game pic.twitter.com/NyeI7uAsTuJune 4, 2021
WHAT?! Very exciting! pic.twitter.com/evHLR1Srd0June 4, 2021
Yeaaah baby !!! Make another drug collector's edition for this sequel and stay tuned 🙂 pic.twitter.com/KpC6csjuu8June 4, 2021