Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Introduces Second Playable Character, Voiced By David Hayter

The demon hunter samurai Zangetsu is voiced by Solid Snake himself and will be added to the game for free after launch.

By Chris Morse

Remember way back in early 2018 when Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid) voice actor David Hayter hit the recording studio for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night? Well, we finally know why! 505 Games has just dropped a fresh reveal of a new playable character, the demon hunter samurai Zangetsu, who will be available for free to all players after launch. Check out the reveal trailer above!

The coolest part of this announcement is that Zangetsu will come with his own unique playstyle, both in terms of combat and exploration. In battle, this character will cut down enemies with his Zangetsuto katana or obliterate them with magical attacks by means of a primal elemental talisman. In addition, Zangetsu also has access to a hook chain that should provide a different way to explore Koji Igarashi’s biggest castle yet. One more yet-to-be-announced playable character is on the way as well.

The latest developer update for the game also dove into some more information on the overall release as well as its stretch goal content. First, the game has received a slight delay in Japan, where some logistical difficulties will require new launch dates that have yet to be revealed. The team is looking to give temporary Steam keys to all affected backers so they can still play right away. Other regions, however, are unaffected by this delay.

In brighter news, it seems like the previous update left out a couple pieces of stretch goal content that will indeed be making it into the final game. We have included the full list below, with the new additions highlighted in bold. All of this content will be available on day one.


Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is set in 18th century England, where a paranormal force has summoned a demon-infested castle, revealing crystal shards infused with tremendous magical power. Miriam, an orphan scarred by an alchemist curse which slowly crystallizes her body, must fight through the castle to save humanity and herself by defeating the denizens of hell that await within along with the summoner behind the mayhem, Gabel.

The title will arrive on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam and GOG) on June 18th, 2019, with the Nintendo Switch version debuting a week later on June 25th. Stay tuned to Dead Entertainment for all the latest news and updates on the game, as well as our review as soon as we can get our hands on it.

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Chris Morse

Programmer by day, writer by night. Having grown up surrounded by plenty of horror movies and video games, it only made sense for Chris to combine all of these passions into one place: Dead Entertainment. Whether he's working on designs, tinkering with the platform, or just writing up the latest horror news, he's sure to be hard at work keeping the wheels turning on this website no matter what time of day it is. When not coding or gaming, you can find him donning a Cheesehead and heading to the Midwest to cheer on his favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. #GoPackGo