By Kyle Buis

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A project backed by the mind behind Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night has set a new record on Kickstarter after drawing more than $5.5 million in donations.

Nearly 65,000 people backed Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night, a project from Koji Igarashi set for a March 2017 release.

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The game has been billed as a spiritual successor to a genre Igarashi himself said hasn’t been a big focus of major developers—the 2-D action-adventure side-scroller. The genre reached its peak nearly two decades ago in the first PlayStation era, but has been left behind by bigger-budget titles.

The project met its $500,000 goal easily on its first day after the release of its introduction video, which featured Igarashi sharing his vision as he toured a castle with the occasional stop in the torture room.

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The game follows another passion project revival from Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune, Mighty No. 9. That funding finished in October of 2013 with a projected April 2015 release for backers. The final release is slated for Sept. 15.

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Now the focus turns to whether Bloodstained can deliver on its promises and many stretch goals.