A few weeks back, a new trailer for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was shared. It directly addressed complaints about the game's visuals by showing off a revamped look. The new look was warmly welcomed by fans in the US, but it turns out some Japanese gamers liked the old look better. Developer Koji Igarashi explains in a PC gamer interview.
"It was obviously pretty disappointing to see those sorts of comments, but that was what made me make the big decision to go okay, we need to do some research and make this better. And it turned out pretty well.
There was a big difference in how the Japanese fans reacted and US fans reacted. A decent number of people in Japan actually said they liked the old version better. It's really interesting, because a lot of people in the west thought that the backgrounds and stuff looked better, but there were people in Japan looking closely at the characters and saying in the old version, the characters and the background matched a lot more stylistically. We changed a couple other things to try to keep those fans happy and tried to meet their expectations."