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Zangetsu and Randomizer are heading to Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on Switch in late May/early June 2020

New ways to play coming soon!

The next big update for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is coming to Switch sometime in late May/early June. The Bloodstained dev team have stated that they're still looking to lock in a final release date for the Switch update, and they'll share that info once it's been confirmed. Until then, they've shared full details on what's in the update, which includes Zangetsu as a playable character, and a new Randomizer mode. Check out the info below.

Zangetsu

Once you have completed Bloodstained and gotten the “Good Ending”, you will be able to choose Zangetsu to play through the game a second (or thirtieth) time.

Once selected, players will be able to play through Bloodstained using all of Zangetsu’s movement and combat abilities. Zangetsu is not a shardbinder, so he does not use shards as Miriam did. Instead he uses the power of his sword to dispatch enemies along with some special abilities that consume MP.

Playing Bloodstained as Zangetsu is designed to be a different experience than playing as Miriam with a focus on fast-paced combat. Consumables, equipment, crafting, treasure chests, quests and story cutscenes are disabled when playing as Zangetsu.

Randomizer

Randomizer allows you to adjust eight different game parameters to mix up your experience as you play through the main story of Bloodstained. You will be able to adjust the goals of their overall playthrough and quests, the location of save and warp rooms, shops, key items and also enemy drops.

For example, you could set up a game where enemy drops (shards & items) are totally mixed up, meaning that you could end up with the ‘Release Toad’ from an ‘Aello’ instead of a Toad.

Finally, you’re able to access the seed of your randomized game in case you want to write it down and keep it for reference or share it with others. The game also provides a timer to track how fast you are able to complete the game, so if you share a seed, you can compare who can complete the course the fastest.

The eight parameters that can be adjusted are:

Goal: This determines the win condition of the given Seed, and in turn has an effect on which items are designated “Key items” and how much of the map will be in play.

Key Items: These are items that are required to complete the playthrough. Other options can further alter these items. Items cannot be randomized in a way that prevents your progress.

* Shuffled: (Default) The Key Items are mixed up, but will always spawn in a Key Item location. Key items you earn from defeating a boss (ex. Double Jump) will still come from a boss – but not the same boss!

* Anywhere: Key items are added to the general item pool and can be found anywhere, depending on settings. With this parameter set, Boss rewards may be minor or even trivial.

Save / Warp Rooms:

* Unchanged: The rooms appear as they do in the core game.

* Mixed: (Default) The Save and Warp rooms are shuffled.

Items:

* Retain Type: Items of a certain type, such as weapons, will always spawn where a weapon would spawn. For example, a chest that originally held a Whip may now hold a Rapier, but will never hold an HP consumable.

* Retain Method: Items will always appear from the same method of spawn as they originally did. Ie. Items found in chests will shuffle amongst themselves, items hidden in walls will remain hidden in walls, etc.

* Total Random: (Default) This lets any item spawn anywhere, regardless of the original item in said location. There may be additional limitations based on the other settings.

Enemy Drops: This setting governs anything dropped by enemies.

* Unchanged: Enemy Drops remain consistent with the main game.

* Mixed Shards: Enemies can drop any shards. Note if “Retain Type” is selected, this will keep Shards of the same type together (If an enemy drops an Effective Shard, it will now drop a different EffectiveShard).

* Mixed Items: (Default) Only the physical items dropped by an enemy can be randomized. If “Retain Type” is selected, the drops will remain similar to the original setting (A weapon drop is replaced by a weapon drop).

* Chaos: Items and Shards can both be randomly assigned and replaced by anything.

Quests

* Unchanged: (Default) Quests are unchanged.

* Shuffled: This distributes Quest Rewards in accordance with the other settings.Quest requirements will remain the same, but rewards are altered. This will obey the “Retain Type” (similar items shuffled in) “Retain Method” (current items are all shuffled amongst themselves) and “Total Random” settings.

Shops

* Unchanged: (Default) The shop is unchanged from the main game.

* Shuffled: This will obey the “Retain Type” (similar items shuffled in) “Retain Method” (current items are all shuffled amongst themselves) and “Total Random” settings.

Crafting : This setting affects all the crafting systems, Weapons, Cooking and Shards.

* Unchanged: (Default) The shop is unchanged from the main game.

* Shuffled: “Retain Type” governs the crafting ingredients. “Retain Method” governs the Crafting Results, and “Total Random” mixes both.

Examples:

Shuffled Set – Retain Method
Core game: Mithril + Damascus = Swordbreaker
Randomizer: Mithril + Damascus = Dragon Shoes

Shuffled Set – Retain Type
Core game: Mithril + Damascus = Swordbreaker
Randomizer: Ectoplasm + Saltpeter = Swordbreaker

Shuffled Set – Total Random
Core game: Mithril + Damascus = Swordbreaker
Randomizer: Gold + Baselard = Country Dress

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

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I really liked Bloodstained on the Switch and I would love to play it again occasinally so i welcome this update. I hope it also fixes the framerate in some locations of the game.

More than anything I hope if they do a sequel, they will do so with the Switch directly in mind to prevent this whole situation.

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