Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was one of the most successful videogame Kickstarters of all time—so successful, in fact, that it raised enough money to fund a “prequel mini-game,” which was released in 2018 as Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon. That turned out to be a really good game in its own right: We called it “a Castlevania-inspired throwback that’s 8-bit of alright” in an 80/100 review.

And even though Ritual of the Moon was originally conceived as a throw-in bonus, it’s the one getting a sequel. During today’s New Game+ Expo livestream, producer Koji Igarashi announced that Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 is now in development. Like its predecessor, the new game will feature “a dark, 8-bit aesthetic,” and will tell an all-new story about Zangetsu, a swordsman from the Far East who bears a powerful dislike for demons and the alchemists who summon them.

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