A new work-in-progress video has been shared by the development team of Koji Igarashi’s Bloodstained: Ritual of The Night, focusing on the different kind of weapons that will be included in the game, and on their animations.
Iga himself revealed more information about the different kinds of weapons:
“The kick motion will be be triggered any time you’ve equipped shoes, although Miriam will be able to kick by default. Kicking attacks trade attack speed for diminished range.
Swords and maces are wielded with the single-handed horizontal slash motion, which is the baseline attack motion as far as speed, range, and power are concerned. Attacking with a mace also causes thrust-type damage.
Short swords and rapiers both utilize a single-handed pierce style, but each type has different range and speed. (Short swords have less range than rapiers, but players can wield them in a continuous attack with the help of some judicious button-mashing.)
Katanas alone receive the single-handed vertical slash motion. This is the animation we based on that umbrella-swinging video!
To wield larger weapons like great swords, axes, and rods, your character will use the two-handed vertical slash motion. Use it correctly and you can deal huge damage to your opponent. Axes are even slower than great swords but deal more damage, while rods are somewhat faster.
Spears receive their own two-handed pierce motion. Their long range can make the difference when engaging an enemy, but their length and slow attack speed could leave you defenseless if you miss.
And of course whips have their own motion. But… it’s different! I won’t say what it’s different from, but it’s not from THAT series. Like you might expect, it takes a while to swing a whip, but your reward is increased range.
Finally, guns use the shooting motion, giving you a projectile attack. But you’ll use up a bullet each time you fire.”
You can watch the video below (keeping in mind that it’s within the development tools to showcase the animations, so the graphics are simplified). Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is scheduled to release on March 2017 for PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS Vita and Wii U.