It’s been some time since followers have heard something from the Castlevania sequence. After Koji Igarashi left Konami in 2014, and Hideo Kojima left in 2015, the spark of life appeared to fade from Konami’s sport improvement facet. Apart from a pair re-releases on trendy consoles and a few cellular video games, the home of Castlevania has gone darkish. For some time, there have been fears that Konami’s traditional franchises have been merely being left to rot.
Nonetheless, one thing has modified in the previous couple of years. Rumors of recent Silent Hill, Steel Gear, and Castlevania video games have been swirling across the web. It virtually feels potential that Konami’s previous, beloved franchises can come again to life. Now, the dialogue has turned in the direction of which studio is able to doing these previous sequence justice. There have been many religious successors to Castlevania within the years since its final main entry, so there are many improvement groups to contemplate.
The primary and most evident selection for a brand new Castlevania studio is mainly the one which already made one: Artplay, developer of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night time. Headed up by Koji Igarashi himself, this staff got down to deliver Castlevania again to life underneath a distinct title, and by all accounts succeeded. Like a mix of Symphony of the Night time and Aria of Sorrow, Bloodstained stands as a testomony to what a contemporary Castlevania might be. With new modes and characters nonetheless being added, together with a traditional mode that lets gamers expertise a brand new, extra-hard tackle Castlevania 1, Bloodstained can maintain Castlevania followers very happy till the following actual entry drops.
One can not deliver up Bloodstained with out additionally mentioning Inti Creates’ Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon spinoffs. Starting life as a stretch objective for a retro facet sport, the Castlevania 3-like Curse of the Moon titles have change into a sister sequence to Bloodstained itself. Inti Creates isn’t any stranger to robust, old-school 2D platformers. If it was tapped to create a extra trendy Castlevania-like Portrait of Break, Inti’s expertise engaged on the Megaman Zero sequence ought to encourage confidence in its talents. Branching out right into a Symphony of the Night time-like sport would possibly even do Inti some good. Regardless, Inti additionally has a seat at Dracula’s desk.
Excessive on any listing of potential Castlevania builders is the staff chargeable for making a few of its final video games: the Spanish developer MercurySteam. Identified primarily for growing the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow trilogy, it additionally made a shock entry within the Metroid sequence with Metroid: Samus Returns, a 3DS remake of Metroid 2: Return of Samus.
Whereas MercurySteam isn’t identified for making Castlevania video games that bear a powerful resemblance to the sequence’ previous, it has confirmed itself able to going 2D if want be with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Destiny and Metroid: Samus Returns. If Konami continues pushing for a 3D Castlevania, MercurySteam can nonetheless deliver its 3D darkish fantasy experience to bear, although hopefully with a number of much less dated developments like fast time occasions.
Talking of 3D darkish fantasy, FromSoftware and Castlevania could be a match made in heaven. Typically thought-about to be 3D variations of Castlevania video games, Darkish Souls represents a few of the finest 3D action-adventure design within the business. With giant, interconnected worlds, deliberate fight, and an enormous number of enemies and areas, it’s simple to see the similarities between the sequence.
Bloodborne takes this a number of steps additional with its elective Citadel Cainhurst and whip weapons. The previous even ends with a rooftop battle in opposition to a reaper analog, adopted by climbing a set of stairs to discover a vampiric noble on their throne. FromSoftware has arguably come as shut as Artplay to creating a Castlevania sport already, so it could be a no brainer to present them a shot at reviving the franchise.