Regular Vita Player readers will be familiar with the saga of Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night. The Kickstarter funded game raised a staggering £5m and promised a brand new physical PS Vita game from Koji Igarashi, one of the creative minds behind Castlevania.
Sadly the PS Vita port was cancelled. But not before the bonus 8-bit styled bonus game, Bloodstained: Curse Of The Moon, was released. Planned as a stretch goal for the Kickstarter campaign, this was styled after the original Castlevania games on the NES and was released digitally and given to backers as bonus content.
Now it is getting a physical release for the PS Vita, PS4 and Nintendo Switch on 15th March courtesy of Limited Run Games. This has surprised backers to see this coming from LRG and not Inti Creates’ partners for the game’s other physical rewards Fangamer. It’s also a strange choice for a game which has already been given away to thousands of people already. For Vita owners who backed the game originally they would have still received this before being offered a refund or option to swap to an alternative format for the main game.
In the case of Bloodstained: Curse Of The Moon, it is a relatively small file on the Vita, using under 30Mb of space so there’s little incentive to buy the game if you are looking at saving memory card space. It is one of the more expensive physical games when compared to the digital releases as well. Comparing the two, Bloodstained: Curae Of The Moon is selling online for £7.99 but will have a physical price of $24.99 (approximately £20).
However, it’s still likely to be a rapid sell out next week when it’s released. Demand for physical Vita games is incredibly high right now and we expect this to sell out within a matter of minutes.