Zangetsu and Randomizer available now in Bloodstained on Switch

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night received its first major free update back on May 7 on every platform except Nintendo Switch — but today that changes. The game’s social media accounts have announced that update 1.10 is live on Switch in most regions, bringing new playable character Zangetsu and the Randomizer mode.

As we explained last time around, Zangetsu retains the brutal techniques and agility you first saw in Miriam’s adventure. His special abilities consume MP, but otherwise he seems to come loaded for combat right from the get-go. Although, “Consumables, equipment, crafting, treasure chests, quests and story cutscenes are disabled when playing as Zangetsu.” To play through the game as the swordsman who sounds suspiciously like Solid Snake, you just have to have beaten the game once already with the “good” ending.

The Randomizer mode, meanwhile, will remix your Bloodstained experience in a way more significant way. You can tweak the game’s gameplay goal, key items, save/warp rooms, items, enemy drops, quests, shops, and crafting to almost make a brand new game. You can also share the seed of your particular randomization with your friends so you can all vie for the fastest completion time.

It’s exciting to think that Zangetsu and Randomizer are only the beginning of the major updates for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. More really fun developments are on the way, such as Boss Revenge mode, where you get to play as the bosses to defeat the hero!

[Disclosure: The author of this article backed Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on Kickstarter.]


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!