Wii U Version of Bloodstained Officially Cancelled; Options for Backers
It was widely expected that Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night would be cancelled for the Wii U, especially since the game isn’t due out until 2018. Today, producer and project lead Koji Igarashi made it official, with a special apology to fans in the latest Kickstarter update.
Hello, this is IGA.
Thank you for always supporting us. I would like to give a message to the backers who pledged for the Wii U version of Bloodstained.
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.
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.
We hope you will continue to support us.
This is unfortunate news for fans hoping to play Bloodstained on the Wii U, and it’s disappointing to hear that they didn’t receive the support from Nintendo that they wanted. Nevertheless, they’ve made several options available to Kickstarter backers who selected the Wii U version:
- If you want the Nintendo Switch version, you don’t need to do anything. All Wii U backers have been moved to the Nintendo Switch version by default.
- If you want a different version (PC, PS4, Xbox One, or Vita), you can change your Kickstarter survey to reflect your new choice.
- If you don’t want any other version, you can request a refund. As long as you already selected the Wii U version in your survey, backed one of the unlimited tiers, and can receive money through PayPal, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Bloodstained Wii U refund” before April 20 to be refunded. This can also be done if you selected two copies of the game, one being a Wii U version, and want to adjust it to only one.
While this is disappointing news, it’s not unexpected, and the company is handling it well. If you intended to get Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night for the Wii U, will you move to another platform?