Kickstarter has been both a boon and a curse for game developers. There have been plenty of horror stories of unfulfilled promises and scams, but once in a while, we do see something good come out of the consumer-funded projects. Koji Igarashi’s Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night from 2019 is one of those celebrated successes. And while the main game itself was substantial and received well by fans and critics, there were still Kickstarter stretch goals to be met. Unfortunately, one of those goals has now been officially canceled: Roguelike.
The Roguelike mode that was initially promised has turned out to be, well, an overpromise. This comes five years since Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was pitched on Kickstarter, which is extremely late to hear about a canceled mode.
According to a Kickstarter update, “the code that was created early in the game’s development is not currently compatible with this type of gameplay.” It would appear that the developers have always known this, and several have already expressed their disappointment.
“I wish I was surprised by the cancellation of a prominent stretch goal, but I’m not,” one backer wrote. “Unfortunately, from the explanation given I can only conclude that you never intended to fulfill this promise.”
“That’s pretty cool how the code for the game ‘isn’t compatible’ with a roguelike mode,” another responded, “when the campaign with the roguelike stretch goal was finished before the game began production.”
A stretch goal is by no means a guarantee, just like anything on Kickstarter. However, this new development will definitely chip away at the goodwill built up by the original launch of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.
Something for your troubles
However, the Roguelike mode will be replaced by a new Randomizer mode. While several fans are still disappointed, at least some are glad that a new mode is coming regardless. The Randomizer will allow players to replay the story with up to eight randomized game tweaks. There is also a timer to evaluate your run, and players can share the seed to challenge others.
The new mode will launch together alongside new playable character Zangetsu. The free updates for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will launch sometime in 2020.