Back when Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was first announced, PS Vita owners were getting all excited about taking Koji Igarashi’s next Metroidvania classic with them on the move. However, as time went on the Vita version was canned (as was the Wii U edition) and, as it would turn out, the only portable version of the game would be the Switch one. Of course, such mobility came with its drawbacks – mainly technical ones – but the game remains highly recommended if you’re a fan of the genre.
If you don’t happen to own a Switch but are keen to play Bloodstained on the road, then you’ll be pleased to learn that NetEase Games has teamed up with original developer ArtPlay to bring the gothic epic to Android and iOS devices. The game is expected to launch soon and will be a ‘premium’ release rather than a free-to-play download supported by in-game ads and the like.
The controls, weapons and combos have been tweaked to take account of the touch-screen interface, while the 108 shard icons have been redesigned. This updated mobile version also includes all of the console DLC.
Could this be the ultimate way to experience the game on the bus ride home? We’re not entirely sure, as Bloodstained really is a game that benefits from proper, physical controls, so the Switch edition remains the king – especially as it’s now in a pretty decent state.
Still, it will be interesting to see how it shapes up on a technical level when compared to the Switch version, given that most modern smartphones are now packing more processing power than Nintendo’s console.