At the recently held E3 trade fair, there was also an extensive one Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Demonstration with 16 minutes of gameplay. IGN's colleagues have now published the video on YouTube.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night - Miriam is cleaning up the ship
After the introduction of Miriam and John the action starts right away. The level shown is this time on a moving ship and so the screen fluctuates accordingly. The upgrade system of the shards is shown directly at the first opponent. These are a crystallized form of Demonic power and cannot be used by normal people. Our protagonist Miriam gets along with this and in this case receives the ability to fire a magical projectile.
She later uses the ability to shoot a small fireball to ignite a cannon. This then opens the further way. Even if we refrain from demolishing our own ship, interacting with the environment is a nice thing.
The map of the ship, hidden in a box, shows which areas have not yet been explored and helps to find secret areas. On the deck, Miriam changes from a dagger or rapier to a two-handed sword and you can immediately see how the over-the-head strike is much better suited to flying opponents. Not to mention the stylish new pirate hat.
During the showdown on the deck, we learn from a conversation with our archenemy that the Shards and the use of demonic powers are also significant for the story. Miriam will therefore be in a constant dichotomy between preserving her humanity and using her abilities.
For us, the most important point about the trailer: It defuses initial fears that the game is too slow. If you watch Miriam a little longer, like here, and also see the fights, you can see the fluid gameplay, which can hardly be compared to the nostalgic feelings of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night must hide.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night should appear this year for all common platforms.