Former Castlevania producer, Koji Igarashi, is busy working on the spiritual successor to the cult-classic Metroidvania, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Bloodstained Ritual of the Night. The 2019 title is one of the most successful Kickstarter projects and is pretty much a well-loved game by both critics as well as audiences. Ever since it came out in 2019, ArtPlay, a studio co-founded by Igarashi, has supplied the game with post-launch content. But, with it going on 4 years now since its release, fans are starting to wonder if the sequel, which the studio confirmed in 2021, will ever come out, and to that question, Shutaro Iida has a very exciting answer.
Iida, the game's director, shared with Famitsu (via Gematsu) what his goals are for next year, and he said that the studio is "striving every day to be able to make a big announcement in 2023."
Unless Iida and Igarashi are talking about working with Konami on a new Castlevania game, then we'll most likely hear about the sequel to Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night next year. Fingers crossed, the game's release date isn't too far off.
As for Castlevania, the iconic video game franchise is getting long-overdue attention from mainstream media. This is largely thanks to the success of Netflix's anime adaptation. After the main show's conclusion, a spin-off, Castlevania: Nocturne, is set to premiere in the next few years. Also, Santa Monica Studio just hinted at wanting to do a Castlevania game now that Konami's pretty much forgotten about the series. Finally, Castlevania is crossing over into Dead Cells next year.