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You’re Better Off Waiting Until Next Week to Play Bloodstained on Xbox One

After a long wait, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is finally available on PS4, Xbox One and PC, with a Switch release following next week. Though if you’re planning on playing the game on Xbox One, you should consider next week to be the actual launch of it as well.

I’ve played a few hours of it on Xbox One and it seems really good – the true return of the classic Igavania. I’ve encountered some minor issues, though, which is probably down to the fact that the Xbox One version of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night hasn’t received its day one patch yet.

Along with doing nice things like adding new modes and improving visuals, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night‘s day one patch rebalances the game, making it a much more enjoyable experience. But there’s a catch, if you’ve already started playing the game before the day one patch is installed, it introduces a nasty bug which prevents you from progressing. Basically, some chests that should be closed will now be open, preventing you from obtaining what was inside, while some that were opened by you will now be closed again.

On Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night‘s official Twitter, it was explained that the developer of the game has investigated a number of options to resolve the issue, but concluded that the only way to get around it is to start a new game with the 1.02 or newer patch installed. It also confirmed that the patch won’t be arriving on Xbox One until next week, and urges players on that format to wait until the patch lands to begin playing. To say I’m disappointed is an understatement, as all I want to do right now is play the game.

So, Xbox One players have two options: try to complete the game before the patch lands, though they’ll be playing the inferior version, or wait and play it how it was meant to be. The choice is yours, but if you don’t finish it by the time the patch lands, you’ll probably find that your time spent has been wasted.

The PS4 and PC versions of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night have already been patched, so you’re fine to play those. And you should, because it truly scratches that 2D Castlevania itch.

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