Perhaps both a blessing and a curse, Bloodstained has been officially cancelled for the Wii U and is instead being created for the Nintendo Switch. Kickstarter projects can be a very tricky business, and when games take longer than anticipated to create, market conditions often change. Such is the situation with Wii U, where it is completely dead now and it wouldn’t make sense to release a game for the platform.
Those that did back the Kickstarter and wanted the Wii U version now have the option to change their system of choice. Switch, PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Vita are all options. If you don’t want the game any longer and backed the Wii U version, you can request a refund.
While this news is no doubt disappointing to some people, I’m glad it has moved to Switch. This type of game is fantastic on a handheld as well as on the TV, and I’m looking forward to playing it on Nintendo’s new machine. The creator of the game, IGA, had this to say:
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.