- Bloodborne Kart, the fan-made demake-styled kart racer based on FromSoftware’s Bloodborne, has been delayed due to a branding issue. The game will no longer be called Bloodborne Kart and a new release date has not yet been specified.
- Sony contacted the team behind Bloodborne Kart, requesting that the game be scrubbed of all Bloodborne branding. The developers complied with this demand, resulting in the need for a short delay. However, the director assures fans that the game will still be released and will only look slightly different from what was shown so far.
- While some fans were annoyed with Sony’s intervention, many understood that it was necessary for the game to avoid legal issues. The kart racer will now have a different name to be legally distinct from Bloodborne. Fans have suggested alternative names such as “Bleed for Speed” or “SanguineSpawned Kart.”
Due to an issue with its branding, the developers of the fan-made Bloodborne Kart announced that the demake-styled kart racer will be delayed to an unknown release date. Back in 2022, independent developer FanSoftware created a PS1-style demake of FromSoftware’s Bloodborne. It had aimed to turn the gothic PS4 Soulslike adventure into a game that would fit the more limited capabilities of the original PlayStation. After this demake was released, the developers revealed they were working on a game that is usually considered a running joke in the fandom, Bloodborne Kart.
Fans were impressed with the early footage of Bloodborne Kart, with many pleased to see how they would be able to burn rubber on the streets of Yharham. Periodic updates of this kart racer were given throughout 2023, such as a video showing a boss fight against Father Gascoigne in Bloodborne Kart‘s campaign mode, or a playable version of Lady Maria who rides in an elaborate vehicle. Progress on this kart racer was going smoothly enough that a Halloween 2024 release date was set. Unfortunately, fans will need to wait a bit longer to play the game.
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Why is Bloodborne Kart Being Delayed?
In a new video posted by Lilith Walther, the director of Bloodborne Kart, she revealed that Sony contacted the team regarding the game. She states that the game needed to be scrubbed of all the Bloodborne branding, and it will no longer be called Bloodborne Kart from this point onward. With the team complying with this demand, the game will require a short delay, though she notes the team doesn’t have a specific release date yet.
Could Bloodborne Kart Get Canceled?
Walther encourages fans, saying they shouldn’t worry about Bloodborne Kart being canceled, and that it will only look slightly different from what was shown so far. She also notes that they expected that Sony would end up contacting them at some point regarding this and that they still had full creative control over it, saying it was “exciting” as well. Considering fan-made projects based on popular properties end up getting taken down, such as Nintendo shutting down an unofficial port of a Zelda game, fans were relieved the game is only being retooled to be more legally distinct from its inspiration.
A lot of games end up changing their name, either due to a trademark dispute or a branding change to be more distinct than what inspired it. Although the kart racer managed to avoid being canceled, some were annoyed that Sony went after this fan-made project despite the Bloodborne IP’s lack of activity. Simultaneously, many also understood that it wasn’t FanSoftware’s fault for this delay. Since the kart racer will no longer have Bloodborne‘s name attached to it, fans have suggested other legally distinct names for the game, such as “Bleed for Speed” or “SanguineSpawned Kart.”
Bloodborne is a horror and combat-themed game that is available for under $20. Designed for the hardcore gamer with the ability to keep going for hours no matter how much they fail at some areas of the game.
- March 24, 2015
- M for Mature: Blood and Gore, Violence