Bloodstained set Kickstarter records when it began its crowdfunding campaign back in 2015, drawing in $5.5 million from over 64,000 backers. The game promised a return to classic Metroidvania style gameplay, coming from Koji Igarashi, the series producer of Castlevania. Way back in 2015 the Wii U was still a pretty viable console, and there was a version of the game planned for it. That’s no longer the case though with Igarashi announcing that Bloodstained will not be coming to Wii U anymore, but a Switch version has been announced instead.
In an update sent out to Kickstarter backers Igarashi explained the changes by saying “During our Kickstarter campaign, the Wii U was at the height of its popularity, but the situation has drastically changed after the release of Nintendo Switch. This change made it difficult to receive the necessary support from the hardware maker, which has led us to drop the Wii U development and shift the development to Nintendo Switch.”
While the Switch is looking like a much more successful console than the Wii U, it is still likely tough news for anyone who was planning to receive the Wii U version of Bloodstained, especially if they have no plans to buy a Switch. Luckily the team has a few options for those backers.
“We are very sorry that it has come to this after all your support, but we hope you will understand. We would like to respond by preparing options for our backers, such as moving your pledge to another version or requesting a refund if you don’t want any other version.”
Backers, either via Kickstarter or by the separate campaign set up by the developer, can now choose Switch as their platform of choice in their backer surveys. The Switch version will automatically replace the Wii U version, if that is the one you chose, so if that’s what you want then you don’t need to do anything. If you want another platform then you can use the same link that was sent to you before, so check your email. Or you can just cancel, if that is what you want.
Changes and cancellations need to be made before April 20th, so make sure you get it taken care of by then. Bloodstained is set to arrive in early 2018.