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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Drops Support for Mac and Linux

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Castlevania‘s spiritual successor Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is no longer scheduled for release on Mac or Linux operating systems.

In Update #76 of the title’s massively successful Kickstarter campaign, Iga (Koji Igarashi) made the announcement, stating the following:

Bloodstained will no longer be supported on Mac and Linux. We have made this tough decision due to challenges of supporting middleware and online feature support and making sure we deliver on the rest of the scope for the game. We will be offering backers who planned to play the game on Mac and Linux the option to change the platform of their order.”

For anyone unfamiliar with the concept of middleware, it is software that creates a bridge between the operating system and applications, allowing data to be passed between them. Due to the architectural differences of operating systems, conforming to or building middleware can be one of a game’s most challenging developmental steps when being ported to multiple platforms.

Despite breaking this unfortunate news, Iga made clear that development is continuing. He stated, “Development has reached its peak—we are currently checking the performance of Bloodstained on each platform. Overall, we are done with enemy placement and entering the adjustment phase. But, there are still many progression-blocking bugs that must be taken care of.”

The update closed out on a much lighter note—or is it darker? Iga showed off concept art for a new enemy: a demon fish called Forneus.

Forneus from Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Backers of the project seem overall disappointed with the news, highlighting their frustrations with how the game’s Vita version was also canceled at an earlier date in the comments.

Despite the setback and repeated delays, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night remains one of the most anticipated metroidvania games of 2019. The project is now set to release on the PlayStation 4, Switch, Windows, and Xbox One.

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Craig fell in love with video games after being spoiled with all of the NES games he could ever want as a kid, and his passion for gaming continues decades later. After discovering a knack for writing in grade school, the two have come together nicely for him. River City Ransom and Final Fantasy VII are his jams.

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Report: Game of Thrones Creator Collaborating With FromSoftware

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The writer of A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series behind the popular television show Game of Thrones, has reportedly been consulting on a FromSoftware title.

In a blog post on his official website, George R. R. Martin stated that he has “consulted on a video game out of Japan.”

Gematsu has reported that a contact familiar with FromSoftware—the Japanese development studio known for Dark SoulsBloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice—has shared that Martin is working with the studio on a project known internally as “GR.”

According to Gematsu‘s contact, the project, which has been in development for three years, is an open-world game and will feature horse riding. The player will be able to visit several kingdoms and obtain ability by killing their leaders. Hidetaka Miyazaki, director of some of FromSoftware’s most acclaimed titles, is reportedly working on the game.

Gematsu reports that the title will be officially announced at Microsoft’s E3 press conference later this year.

YouTube channel Spawn Wave reported in March about a rumour regarding a potential collaboration between Martin and FromSoftware, so this recent report gives even more validity to the speculation. However, without any official word, the news should be taken with a grain of salt.

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