Castlevania dev has next-gen "in mind" for next game

Konami producer Dave Cox teases Mercury Steam's next project could land on Xbox One and PS4.

The next project from Castlevania: Lords of Shadow developer Mercury Steam could be headed to next-generation systems like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Speaking with GameSpot at E3 last week, producer Dave Cox said, "We have next-gen in mind for our next project," but would not say more.

Cox's answer came in response to a question regarding whether Mercury Steam considered next-generation consoles when developing Lords of Shadow 2 (due this winter) and if it thought the new consoles could jeopardize sales of a new game shipping on older hardware.

Though Cox wouldn't go into more detail about this next game, last year he teased that Mercury Steam has a couple of "really cool ideas" in the works, adding that "it's no secret that I'm a big fan of Contra and I'd like to do something in that universe."

Earlier this month, Konami filed a trademark application for a new game called Contra Run and Gun, though Konami's plans for this project are unclear.

Konami first teased a new Contra game in June 2011, closing out its pre-E3 2011 press conference with a teaser logo and the words: "They're coming."

The most recent entry in the Contra series was 2011's Hard Corps: Uprising, a prequel to the Sega Genesis game Contra: Hard Corps.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

Hey Konami...WHERE'S MY CONTRA GAME?! seriously only a brief trailer was shown and then NOTHING. 

Also i'd like maybe a new lifeforce/Gradius game as well.

Mrod1212
Mrod1212

Great! These guys are talented and have managed to breath new life into one of my favorite franchises. Can't wait LoS2.

Navardo95
Navardo95

YES!!! Thats great news!!!!! :DD...

Rockstar Games,Naughty Dog and Mercury Steam are one of my fav devs!! <333

rushiosan
rushiosan

Time for another classic Castlevania game in the best Metroidvania style? No. Here comes another Lords of Shadow.

zenstrata
zenstrata

For the love of all that is holy and good in gaming.  Do NOT use Quick Time Events in the next castlevania!

mrklorox
mrklorox

Damnit, Konami! Stop using this team to continually ruin your series. Please give us our skill/equipment gating, exploration, and advanced back-tracking you repopularized with SOTN, then continued to play out and destroy on 2D handheld systems. We want proper 3D Metroidvania games, not just a bunch of bad 3D brawlers.

TheOnlyConan
TheOnlyConan

Hope it is less hack and slash, and more story focused.

weakboson
weakboson

After Lords of Shadow I'm kind of worried about what Mercury Steam would do with the Contra series. I don't think Lords of Shadow is a bad game, and I am actually pretty excited to play the sequel, it's just not how I like my Castlevania. And if this next gen game isn't going to be a 2D sidescrolling arcade run 'n' gun game then why call it Contra? But even then I'm not sure these guys are really the most qualified to do it. 

lilj2626
lilj2626

BTW HOW BOUT ALSO A CONTRA COLLECTION???CASTLEVANIA COLLECT?? YEA I GOT PLNTY COLLECTIONS TO B MADE ASK BOUT ,ME

lilj2626
lilj2626

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Truth_Hurts_U
Truth_Hurts_U

If your going next gen please keep putting games on PC.

da_chub
da_chub

I am probably the only 1 who enjoyed both contra and castlevania on wiiware and dontvwantvthose series to change at all. The GOW style castlevania are ok, but they aren't the same. And stick with Nintendo, but that's the fan boy talking now :)

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

And I have something closer to the DS, SNES and NES Castlevania's  in mind.  Still have a big soft spot for Castlevania 3.  I remember that being brutal hard.

NightStalkerBX
NightStalkerBX

How about keeping the original canon in mind for next-gen as well?

While you're at it, a Harmony of Despair sequel would be great.

Huskypaw
Huskypaw

>Dave Cox


Western boys won't bring the Castlevania feelin'

+1 for 'Cox' tho


peace bro

Metronoid
Metronoid

Castlevania is dead since 2010 with  Konami selling the series to mercury steam, its worst than Team Ninja making Metroid. Castlevania is now boring, a god of war clone and in a very bad way, there´s no more Dracula, its a generic horror movie like van helsing. Fuck you konami you is worst than Crapcom.

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

why make it for those out of date right out of the box consoles when they are releasing the PC version which will run/ look better than the X1 PS4 anyway waste of time.

Aentikraist
Aentikraist

wasnt that kind of obvious?? --_--  but please do a Castlevania for Vita and side scrolling classic casltevanias as Castlevania Drácula X chronicles!!! damn it!!!

atopp399
atopp399

Wii U is next gen as well. Idiots.

Crossel777
Crossel777

Port Lords of shadow 2 to PS4 you fools.  You're basically missing out on potential sales.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

@zenstrata I experienced what I believe were Quick Time Events in the new Tomb Raider and it was stupid.  In fact more than a few games I have played lately have too much of this.

mrklorox
mrklorox

@zenstrata Judging by how prominently and up front that RYSE game was featured during the Microsoft E3 2013 press conference, suits seem to think we love those god awful things. Prepare to be let down in a major way.

Atrox80
Atrox80

@mrklorox 

Hell yes! I bought LOS thinking MercurySteam has probably done a good job at keeping the original Castlevania feel to the game, but no! It was utter crap.... Controls are horrible, not to mention the lack of atmosphere and emotion... Konami just toss these guys in the garbage bin, PLEASE!

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@da_chub I had never heard of that.   A quick google later I have to have that. 

Moegitto
Moegitto

@NightStalkerBX They are done with Castlevania after LOS2, Cox said he doesn't want to become a one trick pony. I doubt their doing a Contra game because they were developing the new game since last year and Konami just renewed the Contra license this month.

Atrox80
Atrox80

@Metronoid 

You put it so well I don't know what else to add. Well put bro. I agree fully.

ratc1980
ratc1980

@Metronoid Thank god Konami decided to change Castlevania, I was tired of that 2D old style Castlevania for the Nintendo DS and 3DS!

If they want to continue with that formula for handhelds... fine by me, but Castlevania deserves to be a current and next gen game in its full right... and 3D hack-and-slash action-adventure game is where it belongs!

Also, Castlevania is a GOW clone as much as Bayonetta and GOW are DMC's clones... which means: same genre... but totally different games in several ways!

Phoenix_Snake
Phoenix_Snake

@Metronoid They didn't sell the series to MercurySteam. Its really more like they loaned it to them.

CP2077
CP2077

@demonkingx5 I play on PC and console but I don't think you can call the new consoles out of date yet they are on par with PC with with a 7870 or 660 a year or 2 down the road PC will have 2 times the power of consoles

juliopalmacr1
juliopalmacr1

@Crossel777 I know what you mean but I think graphics are based on PS3 platform, and moving it to PS4 would have one of the 2. Release date pushed away or delivering a PS4 games with a PS3 graphics, which I think some people might hate or inclusive impact the overall image of the PS4

Mamamf
Mamamf

@Atrox80 @mrklorox ..."toss these guys in the garbage bin, PLEASE!" Aint that a bit too much? They're actually talented and the atmosphere in this sequel is looking just right. Although I would also prefer seeing them working in some other projects too.

Metronoid
Metronoid

@alim298 @Metronoid not for fans, its not worth to copy pirate in my opnion. Angry birds sells too so what? A game that change the formula that always worked. And 
I was a real fan, since the first Castlevania on NES.

Crossel777
Crossel777

@juliopalmacr1 @Crossel777

Last  I heard, Lords of shadow 2 is coming to PC with better graphics like usual.  PS4 has PC based architecture.   Theres no excuse really.  

Navardo95
Navardo95

@Metronoid Take out your shitty nostalgic goggles out and you'll find a beautifully crafted game 

Sure its gameplay mechanics aren't overtly original but whatever it does...it does it brilliantly....its incredibly sad how stuck-in-the-past fanboys can't accept change at the slightest.

YoreLore
YoreLore

@juliopalmacr1 - It was also a game where I truly believed that it was completely worth the money.  The game was massive and was a real single player experience.

juliopalmacr1
juliopalmacr1

@YoreLore Same here, Castlevania fan since NES and LoS was a good game with a very creative approach and flowing story line, it was not just killing everything that breaths.

YoreLore
YoreLore

@Metronoid - As was I and I still liked Lords of Shadow :|  .  Can still be a fan and also enjoy a different direction.  I'd love an updated side scroller as much as anyone but I still loved LoS.

Navardo95
Navardo95

@demonkingx5 @CP2077Funny how you constantly bash the consoles for the very reason you want to show off on the net how superior you are to people(you're not)...there is this thing called 'outside' and it sure as hell pretty but you hate consoles? Good no one here is forcing you to buy consoles pal....get a GF and let us *true* gamers game..