When Bloodstained: Ritual of The Night was first announced a few years back, a spiritual successor to Konami’s beloved but neglected Castlevania spearheaded by franchise veteran Koji Igarashi, nobody expected that the Kickstart stretch goal prequel Curse Of The Moon would make such a splash itself. Meant to just be a taste of what was to come, in retrospect the retro throwback Curse Of The Moon ended up being a stronger game than the one it existed to promote. What fans also weren’t expecting was a Curse Of The Moon 2, and having it come so soon either.
Revealed at the New Game Plus Expo digital streaming event, where not much else of note was premiered except some sneaky No More Heroes 3 gameplay, Curse Of The Moon 2 is a welcome surprise as much of the western world still needs the distraction. This even newer, fuller trailer than what showed at the event topped off the initial announcement with an impressive July 10 release date. That means when you finish up the Pokemon Isle of Armor DLC in a week or two, you’ll have something cheap and fulfilling to keep you going.
With three new characters in addition to the four from the original, Curse Of The Moon 2’s bound to have a ton of replay value. I went through the original about four times, making it well worth the ten dollars. Besides just watch the trailer above, which contains the amazing line ‘Hachi: A corgi who pulverizes demons by controlling a colossal suit of magicked armor.’ If this death-dealing dog named after Shibuya’s most famous resident doesn’t make you instantly assume that the latest by Koji Igarashi and Inti Creates won’t be game of the year, if not the upcoming decade then we just don’t know what to say.
Bloodstained: Curse Of The Moon 2 hits most modern platforms on July 10.