Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is finally ready to deliver its first really big free update. On May 7, new playable character Zangetsu and the new Randomizer mode will arrive in the game on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It will arrive on Nintendo Switch in the end of May or the start of June — not awful, but not great.
Following the Bloodstained update, to play as Zangetsu, you just have to have finished the game once before with the “good” ending. He will apparently have all the movement and combat options you remember, being an agile sword-wielder who can consume MP to use special abilities. As you might expect though, he won’t come with his own unique story — or much of anything else for that matter: “Consumables, equipment, crafting, treasure chests, quests and story cutscenes are disabled when playing as Zangetsu.” This is a more direct action experience, similar to when extra characters were unlocked in old Koji Igarashi Castlevania games.
Meanwhile, the new Bloodstained Randomizer mode will bring a multitude of variables you can tweak to your liking, and the official website goes into deep detail about it. But to give the most top-level explanation, you will be able to tweak eight key factors: gameplay goal, key items, save/warp rooms, items, enemy drops, quests, shops, and crafting. Streamers and speedrunners are going to have a field day experimenting with this mode. Maybe they can do a Bloodstained Randomizer race for a Games Done Quick marathon someday?
Even if you have to wait a little longer, are you excited for Zangetsu and Randomizer to finally arrive in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night? Personally, I don’t have the time to go too nuts with Randomizer, but I would love to replay the game as Zangetsu.
[Disclosure: The author of this article backed Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on Kickstarter.]