Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a Metroidvania video game developed by Art Play and published by 505 Games. The game’s development was led by former Castlevania series producer Koji Igarashi, and is considered a spiritual successor to the series.
The game is the second in the Bloodstained series. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was released for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in June 2019.
Igarashi conceived the game after his departure from Konami in 2014, prompted by numerous fan requests for him to make another Metroidvania-type game. He used the crowd funding platform Kick starter to demonstrate to potential funding agencies of the demand for the game in 2015, which successfully raised more than US$5.5 million from backers, making it one of the most funded video game campaigns on the platform.
Bloodstained received generally positive reviews. A retro-style companion game, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, was developed by Inti Creates and released in May 2018. It was followed by a sequel in 2020, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2.