Siliconera sat down with Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night producer Koji Igarashi to talk about who exactly provided the initial funding for his game. Since Inti Creates has a well-established relationship with Deep Silver, we asked if they had any plans to work with the European publisher.
Igarashi replied: “While this is not official, but…it may as well be, as the [person] who is putting the most money into Bloodstained, it’s up to them when they want to announce their participation. I’m just going to say that I’m not officially saying ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ but I do want to say that the backend investment is what allowed me to make the game. I am 100% appreciative of them having faith in me. I hope everyone feels the same way, because without them, I never would have been able to get this far.”
“We literally went everywhere we could beforehand,” Igarashi continued. Before the meeting, I was speaking with Ben Judd, who recalled his own struggle finding a publisher. “I almost felt defeated as an agent,” he said “but then we finally found a partner and we couldn’t have asked for a better one.”
Igarashi went on to say, “First and foremost, I feel an incredible degree of appreciation [toward this publisher]. As for the actual relationship and how that’s going to work out, that’s something that will be from here on out. Any time an independent creator can get to keep their IP, [Ben adds here: “Which is maybe not the case with Shenmue 3?], ultimately, I think it becomes a great collaborative relationship.”
Keep your eyes on Siliconera for the full interview with Koji Igarashi.