The latest Kickstarter update for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has narrowed down the number of platforms the game will appear on. It will now only appear on Windows, as the Mac and Linux versions have been canceled. (The current console releases will proceed as planned.) Koji "IGA" Igarashi made the announcement in an official update, citing middleware and online feature support as the reason for scaling back.
Here is IGA’s official statement on Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night development and the explanation regarding the cancelation of the Mac and Linux versions.
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.
Development has reached its peak—we are currently checking the performance of Bloodstained on each platform. Overall, we are done with enemy placement and entering the adjustment phase. But there are still many progression-blocking bugs that must be taken care of.
In addition to the update, IGA shared an image of a new enemy. The opponent below is known as Forneus. When describing the demonic fish, IGA said, "I would hate to come face to face with him at an aquarium… Well, Forneus will be useful for cooking, and will surely be delicious."
As a reminder, Wayforward is now also working on the game. In this update, IGA noted, "WayForward have already helped us improve the game in a number of ways, including creating incredible assets and lighting placements that we’re looking forward to."
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will be released on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC in 2019.