The free update to Blasphemous adds new challenges and introduces a crossover that allows players to team up with Miriam from Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.

Blasphemous I just got a free update that adds a new Boss Rush mode, some new retro secrets, the addition of a new featured character, and a few other perks. The added character is part of a cross between Blasphemous Y Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, allowing players the opportunity to team up Bloodythe protagonist, Miriam. The “Strife & Ruin” update became available to all title owners on February 18.

Blasphemous is an independently made 2D Soulslike Metroidvania developed by The Game Kitchen and published by Team17. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is Metroidvania and spiritual successor to Castlevania, developed by ArtPlay and published by 505 Games. Bloodstained had recently been a part of crossovers before, with Kingdom: Two Crowns.

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Strife & Ruin introduce you to Miriam Blasphemous and instructs the Penitent to help her return to her world. Players will embark on a special set of missions focused on precise platforms to retrieve shards that will repair a portal and send it home. The task of reuniting Miriam with her world will not be easy, throwing traps and vicious adversaries at the Penitent. Players will have to hone their combat and platforming skills if they wish to prevail. Completing Miriam’s task will see the player rewarded with a special reward.

The free update also adds a Boss Rush mode for Blasphemous, allowing players to tackle a selection of courses containing game bosses. The mode will put players’ ability and resolve to the test, as bosses were already difficult when found through the standard means of the title. Players who respond to the Boss Rush mode call will be assigned scores based on performance and various other factors, with the possibility of earning medals based on their achievements. You must have completed the main game and use a save file to face this new challenge.

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Another addition introduced in the Strife & Ruin update is a “Demake Area”. It consists of a new linear series of player scenarios in a classic 8-bit style. Part tribute and part new experience, the Demake Area will Blasphemous feel like its classic platform progenitors. It can be accessed through a game cabinet that is hidden in a secret area somewhere in Cvstodia. When activated, the player will find a reimagined Blasphemous adventure featuring retro-style visuals and revamped core mechanics to better accommodate presentation changes.

In the Demake area, The Penitent One will try to collect five golden skulls and find a new boss along the way. There will be rewards to earn if players can beat the new 8-bit challenge. The final addition is the inclusion of several new rendering modes, which emulate the effects that players would have seen when playing the title on an old television. They are available for use throughout the main game. It’s a great way to give gamers the opportunity to connect with the roots of the genre without having to turn on an old console and connect to an old TV.

BlasphemousThe Strife & Ruin update is an excellent gift for all game owners. Players will have a lot to do between Boss Rush mode, the Demake area, and the new content in the Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Cross. Whether you’re looking to beat the title’s next big challenge, some retro action, a surprise visit from an otherworldly guest, or even some new ways to experience Blasphemous visually, the free update will have you covered.

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