Siliconera recently interviewed Koji Igarashi about Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, to discuss the funding of the project. They also asked if the fact that Mighty No. 9, another of Inti Creates’ projects, is being published by Deep Silver meant anything.
From Igarashi’s answer, it seems like they helped a great amount on funding the project and are likely candidates for publishing it as well.
Here’s what Igarashi had to say:
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. 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 Judd, who is part of the Bloodstained team, also added:
“I almost felt defeated as an agent, but then we finally found a partner and we couldn’t have asked for a better one.” He also said that “it becomes a great collaborative relationship.”
In addition to this, Igarashi recently stated the game might end up with some Castlevania-like transformations during development:
“We’re not 100% sure that we’re going to add in transformation aspects to the game, especially at this early phase of development, but I can say that all of the developers attached do love transformations as a key concept—it’s been prevalent in a lot of our games before after all—so I think there’s a good chance you may see that element in the game. Beyond the curse, as you mentioned.”