The award-winning 2012 adventure game has inspired a new boss area in Bloodstained which will be added in Update 1.4 on August 23, 2022.

“This new section of the castle, The Tunnel, is inspired by Journey’s imagery and level design, but with a bloody twist,” reads an official announcement. “Hidden behind a secret entrance, the tunnels are large and will require exploration and sharp abilities to navigate.”

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Stained with Blood: Ritual of the Night was launched in 2019 – a Metroidvania that tells the story of Mary, a Shardbinder who was forcibly infused with demonicly charged crystals to connect with the demon’s powers.

And this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Bloodstained crossovers with other popular games.

Earlier this year, Aurora from Child of Light made her debut as a playable character in Bloodstained, and now it looks like Journey’s epic, massive adventure has made its way into the side-scrolling RPG.

After discovering the new area and fighting your way through it, you’ll be faced with the level’s guardian. Giving the best of it will reward you with a special, travel-inspired furnishing item… but there’s currently no word on exactly what it is.

This is clearly a must-see for Journey fans, whatever it may be. But you have to find the tunnels first.

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The new boss area will appear after you free Gabel and unlock the Den of the Behemoths. According to the Bloodstained team, the room with the door leading to The Tunnel will be marked on the castle map. Simply head to the highlighted area to start your journey.

Of course, Update 1.4 also has some bug fixes – you can find them all here.

Want to read more about Bloodstained? See where it lands in our Top 10 Metroidvanias, and find out how to unlock the hidden 1986 mode.

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