Bloodstained Ritual of the Night Premium DLC Causes Some Controversy

One piece of premium DLC for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has Kickstarter backers angry. The reason is that the content in said DLC was going to be exclusive to backers. This has, of course, caused some pushback from the backers. However, the developers maintain that they actually surveyed 30,000 backers to see if they were okay with the move. And, they gave the go-ahead. We’ll see how it develops.

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Bloodstained Ritual of the Night Premium DLC Causes Some Controversy
Bloodstained Ritual of the Night Premium DLC Causes Some Controversy

The people behind the spiritual cousin of Castlevania, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, have laid out their plans for the game’s DLC. Turns out, some of the stuff is going to be available on Day 1, and for free, such as Boss Rush and Speedrun modes, and more. Some of it will also come later. However, the problem here is with one piece of paid DLC, which will also be purchasable on launch. Namely, the “Iga’s Back Pack” DLC, which will cost $10. According to Polygon, it will contain “the Swordwhip weapon and an in-game Koji Igarashi himself to fight,” which was originally meant to be exclusive for Kickstarter backers.

Needless to say, this development has caused a bit of a kerfuffle among the backers of the game. After all, they financed the game way in advance, and with the promise of exclusive content. Now, the developers, 505 Games have responded to the situation. Apparently, they’ve conducted a survey among 30,000 backers, asking them if they’d be okay with the content being sold as paid DLC. And, most of them agreed, as long as the price was respectful to the purchase that the backers made.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is coming out this year; June 18th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and June 25th on Nintendo Switch. It was born on Kickstarter way back in May 2015, and was originally planned for 2015. Seeing as how the man behind the game is long-time Castlevania producer Igarashi, you can see why it raised $5.5 million from Kickstarter supporters. And, also, why some of them might feel a bit burned but this whole DLC thing.

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