BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites Remasters and Rebalances the Brutal 2011 Sidescroller

Ten years ago, Wayforward sought to revamp the dormant BloodRayne franchise by rethinking it as the 2D side-scrolling action game BloodRayne: Betrayal. It didn’t lead to a resurgence of the series, but it provided a capable, if not challenging, reinvention (this is our review). Fast forwarding today, Wayforward is sprinkling Rayne’s last outing so far for another chance in the spotlight.

BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites upgrades 2011 titles in one or more ways. Increased resolution up to 4K makes vibrant 2D visuals even more pop. The game also has other non-specific up-to-date features, and Wayforward has crushed a bug that existed in the original game. In addition, the voice actors were re-recorded with former cast members Laura Bailey and Troy Baker replaying their roles as Rain and Cagan.

Perhaps the best news is the rebalancing of new difficulty levels. Betrayal was generally criticized for being too punished for its own benefit, so Fresh Bites rebalanced the game to make it more familiar. If you are a seasoned player / masochist who enjoyed that higher challenge, don’t worry. You can play betrayal with the original difficulty setting. See how the remaster works in the trailer below.

I liked BloodRayne: Betrayal enough at the time, but I’m in the camp of players who thought the difficulty of blistering was more of a headache than fun. I was proud to finish it, but it could be more balanced, so I’m curious how Wayforward recreates that aspect of the game. So far, BloodRayne: Betrayal is the third and last game in the series, but the remaster was released by Ziggurat Interactive, who bought the IP last summer. Does this remaster, along with the recently enhanced versions of BloodRayne 1 and 2, serve as a way to measure Rayne’s interest in greater returns? Fans can only expect.

BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites is coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X / S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. Currently there is no release window. Limited Run Games also makes physical copies of PS5, PS4, and Switch versions.

Are you looking forward to playing the spruce-up BloodRayne: Betrayal, or are you a newcomer who missed it for the first time? Share your thoughts in the comments!