Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night artwork for the Bloodless character

Even though Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night released a while ago, I'm happy to say it's still getting major updates. This most recent one has transformed Bloodless, the umbrella-wielding vampire boss from the main campaign, into a fully playable (and free) character!

Instead of powering up by collecting abilities and weapons from fallen enemies, Bloodless can unlock new skills and improve her attributes by seeking out crystal globes scattered throughout the world. So even though Bloodless won't follow the usual gameplay formula, there will still be plenty of reasons to explore every single nook and cranny!

However, the way she gains skills isn't the only thing strange about Bloodless. Instead of simply being able to select her when starting a new game, the only way to play as Bloodless is to name your fresh save file BLOODLESS (the capital letters are important). I can only imagine the developers have done this to lock her away from new players while still keeping her available to anyone that's interested, but regardless of the reason, it's definitely a strange sight to see.

You can read a little bit more about Bloodless and the accompanying changes over at the official website. Have fun, and just for good measure, I'll leave you with the unsurprisingly bloody trailer: