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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night for Linux has been officially cancelled

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Sad news for fans of action platformers, as Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night for Linux has been officially cancelled.

Bloodstained was crowdfunded on Kickstarter back in June of 2015, with that they managed to gain $5.5 million dollars. During the campaign, they confirmed Linux was going to be a supported platform, they even told us they were aiming for a simultaneous release.

However, that's all changed now. Sharing the news in a Kickstarter update posted today, they said this:

In this update, we have a very important announcement to make.  Bloodstained will no longer be supported on Mac and Linux. We have made this tough decision due to challenges of supporting middleware and online feature support and making sure we deliver on the rest of the scope for the game. We will be offering backers who planned to play the game on Mac and Linux the option to change the platform of their order. If you would like to change your platform, please send an email with your new platform request from the email address associated with your Kickstarter pledge. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience and we hope for your understanding.

So not only are they cancelling the Linux version, they're seemingly not offering a refund and only allowing you the option to change your platform. I had to wipe my glasses and read it again to be sure! A refund simply isn't mentioned, only the chance to change your platform.

I didn't personally fund this one, so I don't have any personal grudges or anything like that. Even so, I find this extremely poor, to put it rather lightly. I just can't believe my eyes, given they had over eleven times their original funding goal!

I've added it to our dedicated page tracking individual crowdfunding projects, with 150 projects that puts individual projects that promise Linux support at around 89% that deliver.

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Shmerl 27 December 2018 at 8:44 pm UTC
Looks like it suffered from the feature creep. What kind of middleware are they using that doesn't support Linux? That must be something very fishy these days.

Good thing I didn't back this one.


Last edited by Shmerl at 27 December 2018 at 8:45 pm UTC
GodofGrunts 27 December 2018 at 8:50 pm UTC
Not offering a refund is a super shitty thing to do for those people who initially supported it for Linux and OS X.
julkip 27 December 2018 at 8:50 pm UTC
In retrospect I am so glad I missed the kickstarter for this by a week. Usually I would have backed a game like this. But once again the message is: NO PREORDERS!
madpinger 27 December 2018 at 8:53 pm UTC
Well, that simply wont due, you're not delivering what you promised, a refund is the only recourse. Screw them.
Tuxee 27 December 2018 at 8:55 pm UTC
I really like the wording: "inconvenience". I can't play a game at all (and paid money for that). How "inconvenient". I assume it is fitting to call the developers "incompetent". Or should they be called "scammers"?
StenPett 27 December 2018 at 9:00 pm UTC
This is precisely why I stopped backing games on Kickstarter and the like. Still waiting for my Linux copy of Carmageddon...
Shmerl 27 December 2018 at 9:01 pm UTC
julkipBut once again the message is: NO PREORDERS!

This isn't the message though. Backing crowdfunding is OK in general. It's not a pre-order. But the hard part is to trust these developers not to mess up things like it happened here. I suppose nothing guarantees that, it's always a risk.


Last edited by Shmerl at 27 December 2018 at 9:02 pm UTC
Whitewolfe80 27 December 2018 at 9:02 pm UTC
MMM So no refunds just more of this come on guys dont you own a good platform type of mentality that some developers have. We are not out of 2018 yet and this just more bad news in a year of terrible cancellations and delays for previously promised linux games. Should be used to it by now, maybe time to become a console peasant esh doesnt appeal but better than going back to dual booting.
cxpher@gmail.com 27 December 2018 at 9:03 pm UTC
No point supporting crowdfunded games tbh.

Most of them promise you things like this and take your money, then corner you into living with the decision they take not to deliver on those promises later.

There's a word for it actually. It's called 'scam'.

Don't get scammed. Buy games that have official Linux support or at least effectively show support for Steam Proton. Heck don't even do early access if you can help it.

The rest of these scumbags can go fuck themselves.

PS : Interesting how said 'middleware' can work on the Nintendo Switch. Mac and Linux users simply got the shaft. That's all. They took the opportunity to scam.


Last edited by cxpher@gmail.com at 27 December 2018 at 9:06 pm UTC
FutureSuture 27 December 2018 at 9:09 pm UTC
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What the actual heck? There goes my purchase of the game at full price. This was my most anticipated game (and not just Metroidvania) by far. I am a massive fan of the genre so this is a major disappointment. Good thing I stay the heck away from Kickstarter and other crowdfunding websites like it.
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