Bloodstained is the spiritual successor to the legendary 2-D Castlevania lineup of games that many fell in love with, and Konami has abandoned. In a recent interview with Mr. Igarashi, he spoke about the goal of Bloodstained and what he plans on doing with this important game:
“Three or four years ago I was working at Konami and didn’t have the opportunity to [make a game like Symphony of the Night]. When I saw the success of Mighty No. 9’s crowdfunding, it showed that fans can empower the creator and open up new doors. That was the spark I was looking for to leave Konami, go out on my own, be independent.
My goal with this game is to give [players] that classic Igavania-style game that they want. First and foremost, we’re not shooting for innovation – we’re shooting for reviving that sort of gameplay that people have been wanting for the last five years, and that publishers and developers have really not been offering. So any innovation beyond that is the sort of spice and coolness.”