Xbox Game Pass Adds Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

The action-platforming spiritual successor to Castlevania is one of the subscription service’s latest new additions.

By Chris Morse

Not to be totally outshined by PlayStation’s State of Play event and yesterday afternoon’s release date reveal of The Last of Us Part II, Microsoft held its own little Inside Xbox livestream to put forth a few announcements of its own. Notable among the reveals is that Koji Igarashi’s Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, best described as a spiritual successor to Castlevania, has just arrived on Xbox Game Pass.

For the uninitiated, Xbox Game Pass is a monthly subscription service for Xbox One and PC players that grants them unlimited access to an ever-growing library of video games. All first-party Microsoft games (Gears of War, Halo, etc.) are available on the day of release, while a rotating selection of over 100 other games are additionally available to download and play.

The service costs $9.99 per month for console users, $4.99 per month for PC gamers, or $14.99 per month for the Ultimate Game Pass, which grants access to everything on both Xbox and PC, also including a monthly subscription to Xbox Live Gold (a $9.99 per month value), among other perks.


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 is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC (via Steam and GOG), with Xbox Game Pass subscribers now also having access to the game.

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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