Koji Igarashi has brought in the developers of the Shantae series to help out with ArtPlays upcoming metroidvania revival Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Announced on the Bloodstained Kickstarter via an update, IGA himself explained that the with Wayforwards help they will strive to make an even better game than previously anticipated. IGA explains:
That’s right, WayForward, the makers of Shantae! As you may already know, they are top-tier when it comes to side-scrolling action games. There is even a staff member who previously worked on one of my projects, which is incredibly encouraging.
In consideration of their past achievements, WayForward will be helping the development team realize my vision for this game. Maybe I am even more excited than everyone else – with their help Bloodstained will become an even better game.
The post also shows off some new concept art and as per usual it looks promising. Explained in the update, Wayforward will be helping with finding bugs and all around game improvements as there are supposedly bugs that currently crash the game.
Bloodstained has a 2019 window with a more recent update revealing the cancellation of the VITA version.