Castlevania: Lords of Shadow reigning Oct. 5

Konami and Mercury Steam's 3D action adventure following storied Belmont family arrives on 360, PS3 in less than two months.

Gamescom 2010 has had its share of high-profile release-date announcements, with the likes of Valve's Portal 2 picking up a February 9 deadline and BioWare's Dragon Age 2 being pegged to March 8. Now, one more high-profile title has been dated as part of this year's event in Cologne, Germany, as Konami has confirmed for GameSpot that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow will arrive in the US on October 5.

Gabriel Belmont is a known Halloween party pooper.

First teased in March 2008 and formally announced during the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is in development for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Madrid, Spain-based Mercury Steam is spearheading development, with Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima and his Kojima Productions studio serving as support. Mercury Steam's other work includes Clive Barker's Jericho and American McGee's Scrapland.

As for the game, Lords of Shadow is set in the year 1047 and follows a new member of the Belmont clan, Gabriel, who is a member of the Brotherhood of Light. Gabriel's adventure involves roaming the land in pursuit of pieces of an artifact that can bring the dead back to life, in the process battling nefarious underworld creatures and other mythical monsters and beasts.

Beyond its free-roaming environments, the game features combat that recalls Sony's acclaimed God of War franchise, in addition to a variety of environmental puzzle challenges.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.

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luxus99
luxus99

I just hope that this game can really live to the expectations. I have been waiting for a castlevania 3D game for about a decade now. I'm really excited if all these year have finally paid of. Let's just hope it's not as bad as the last castlevania game that came out on PS2 seven years ago.

basilisk100
basilisk100

This game will be greater than GOW. Just watch and and see. I am a die hard fan of God of War..believe me!!! but that crappy ten hours game Stig directed, really disappointed me. Castlevania is a great game since day one and I am sure it's going to deliver and players will be more satisfied with the game play and game length upon completion.

DbzJohno
DbzJohno

I hate it when critics put down a game when the game has similarities to God Of War. They did that with Dante's Inferno and it got a bad review. This Castlevania Game looks really good. If It Plays like a GOW game than so what. I'm still going to get this game. Castlevania has a good number of games and this is going to be one of them.

mrouzi
mrouzi

God of war rules for ever! But this game looks quite intressting as well. Sure...im going to try this one too!!!

Astynax15
Astynax15

if you ever played the old 3d castlevania games they played like god of war before god of war existed, as did many games before that, god of war plays like the millions of 3d platforming hack and slash games before it, so who cares... i give no credit to god of war where no credit is due. God of war took elements that had been out there for years and put them together to make a solid game with a riveting story, but it was far from new and revolutionary. This game looks to be doing the same thing and i applaud them for it.

MagusIM
MagusIM

@JangoF-76 I agree. Its like saying God of War was a rip off of Mario 64 because they are both 3rd person 3D platformer format. What exactly could they possible do to make a 3D Castlevania game that was not in the same sort of style as God of War? FPM (first person Melee) is not nearly as fun as seeing the action from 3rd person especially with a character story driven game like this.

niklev83
niklev83

Looks like God of War but seems WAY more interesting !!! :) Will get game day one !!!

JangoF-76
JangoF-76

SO sick of hearing people whine because a game has taken inspiration from elements of another highly successful game (God Of War). ALL games take inspiration from other games, just like movies and music and books and pretty much any other form of entertainment and art. There is a huge difference between 'inspired by' and 'ripped-off from'... This game looks wicked, and if it's being compared to God of War I take that as a good sign.

Resistance54
Resistance54

tack another one on to the God of War rip offs list....still getting it but just throwin it out there

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

This seems like it will turn out ok, nice to see they are still making these games.

DredWulf
DredWulf

Well as long as it's got Dracula I am sold. Though I keep looking and reading all over. The Main Villian's Voice Actor is Jason Isaacs and his role is unknown I think they are keeping Dracula a secret, it's not Castlevania without the series villian

Eurodex
Eurodex

hope we hear some organs & such, the music might be good, but it's a bit hard to tell if they've gone for a walt disney style which will hurt the feel a bit :/ Dark, detailed, classy & majestic is what i want to hear. The whip covering the whole screen looks kind of lame to me, i'm not sure what kind of expectations to have for this game, i don't remmember castlevania 64 too well. (the first 3d castlevania). We'll see I guess...

AzelKosMos
AzelKosMos

Pre-ordered. Game looks amazing.

DEATH775
DEATH775

I really can't wait for this game

Waranabatokwa
Waranabatokwa

i hope the similarities with GoW isn't like that of dante's inferno..

MissObvious
MissObvious

Looking pretty good so far. I can't say being similar to GoW is a bad thing. :D

minion715
minion715

whats funny is that hes playing it on a ps3 and at the top of this web page it is listed under Xbox 360. but all in all it looks like a great game but seems so much like god of war i thing the game would be better if it played like both god of war, devil may cry, and with a different cammera view because i think the whole camera view and the whip action is to simmilar to god of war and i think if just the camera view was altered just slightly it wont look like god of war. then again who am i to judge i never played the game yet i only been playing video games for the past 20 years and i can tell from this 7 min clip it is going to be a great game regardless of my comments. and you know with the prices of games going up you need to be able to tell a good game from a bad game other wise you go broke in a year if u bought every game that interests you for all consoles including pc

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

tap tap tap. Tap those buttons. Slash Slash....oh man...I'm sleepy. tap tap tappity tap tap. Slashy slash slash... ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.......ZZZZZZZZZZ...........ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ........ oh sorry I dosed off playing this "game" that could probably be beaten by a monkey with a controller taped to his hand.

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

God of Castlevania : Lords of War.

SpedKnight
SpedKnight

i dont care if it looks and plays like gow. thats a good thing in my books, im psyched for this game.

nonfanboygamer1
nonfanboygamer1

How about releasing a "classic collection" of castlevania games. That'd b the sh!!

NaldoKing
NaldoKing

Looks like GOW too me. Even finishing the boss with QTE. Either way looks good.

TravJon
TravJon

I'm excited for this. hope it will be good

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

to be honest this is pretty much the 4th attempt to make a 3D Castlevania game. like i think i pointed out in my previous post the first ever attempt was the Dreadful Castlevania 64. no actually this is the 5th attempt at it actually. if anyone remembers there was supposed to be one for the Dreamcast that was scrapped probably cause it wouldn't be successful to begin with. But hey...At least this one will get it right and will do the franchise justice. lol

GoreObsessed
GoreObsessed

Now I have 3 games I really want coming out on the 5th. The summer drought it really coming to an end. :P

HiroArka
HiroArka

@ Alucard_Prime Well said ... It is getting tiresome that GOW is being used as some comparison tool.

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

@tricky-crazy More to the point is, why do people keep labeling it as a GoW rip-off? GoW certainly wasn't the first game to use that style of gameplay, yet it isn't referred to as a rip-off of those games that came before it. Using that logic, is every single 2-d game a "rip-off" of Mario Bros. ? You can look at it however you want, but when creating something like a videogame today, it's hard to create your own style of gameplay that has never been done before, because so many games have been released in the past 20 years. So whatever the game ends up being, people will still call it a rip-off of something else. What's annoying is how people concentrate on this ridiculous and irrelevant detail instead of looking at how great the game will be. Yes it looks similar in gameplay to GoW and DMC, but the similarities end here. I'm certain that the game will add its own unique elements to this formula. All I care about is, come October 5, I will have in my hands what seems to be one of the best Castlevania games ever created.

The_Mad_Hatter
The_Mad_Hatter

well, it looks like castlevania, it feels like castlevania, the QTE were the trademark of Shenmue, but further back, GOW is a fun game that has an awful story, DMC is fun but does not has the magic of Castlevania, i like this so far it seems great, why does people compare all the H&S to GOW??? personally i do not like GOW, the reason may be that i actually read

scatterbrain007
scatterbrain007

@tricky-crazy I agree the QTE needs to evolve or go away. Some are fun, however it seems almost every game out there has them. I might play this game if it's good, but I really just want a Hi-def 2D iteration. Come on Konami....

tricky-crazy
tricky-crazy

Why so much people try to convince themselves that this isn't a GoW or DMC rip-off? I mean, yes the magical Castlevania touch is still there, but look at the gameplay. How can you NOT think of GoW or DMC? And for god sake, kill those stupid Quick Time Event.

SocialAnXieTy
SocialAnXieTy

Yeah, I'll definitely GameFly this in, but I don't know about anything else. I'm not too sure Castlevania will be the same in 3D, but we'll see.

AtlanticRock
AtlanticRock

I wanted to get Black Ops, but then Lords of Shadow is coming out Oct. 5th, I guess Reach will be my only FPS this season, can't have two. So it's Castlevania and Reach, then for 2011 - Mortal Kombat, Dead Space 2, Gears 3, and maybe Marvel vs. Capcom 3(if I have enough change to throw around - I still need two new controllers)

smoman5000
smoman5000

My favorite series is Castlevania, LoS looks like fun but based on the gameplay videos its a rent for me, i'm looking forward to another 2d castlevania release.

Thug2Wasteland
Thug2Wasteland

I am actually stunned at how the game turned out to be. This is a great pick up when it comes out. I am tired of the GOW reference as if thats the best action platformer around, but that wont be anymore once this game comes out!

bluace
bluace

I really haven't played old school PS1 Castlevania games...however if its anything like PS2 version then this game is gonna be magic

mello7283
mello7283

Can't wait for an epic fight against Death! This game is a must have!! I can't understand why there are so many haters out there.

SteelBallsBill
SteelBallsBill

Personally I hope this game has epic boss fights like GOW, that would only be a good thing. But I feel the protagonist looks very timid for this type of game, almost like he is bored fighting and would rather be in a romance anime! :p

CyberKlown28
CyberKlown28

"Thats Gabriel's Horse, its dead, that sucks." xD Gabriel looks badass.

CyberKlown28
CyberKlown28

Doesn't look like God of War at all. God of War is just generic button mashing. Castlevania is platforming, puzzles, a story that matters and isn't ridiculous, and depth that GoW will never have. Gabriel Belmont would rip apart Kratos with that Combat Cross Chain.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

How does it look like GoW? GoW had a mental, bald, half naked spartan with anger management issues running around mythical, ancient Greece (love it). LoS has a pansy named suit of armour with girly hair running around medieval forests and castles (love it). Hardly the same thing, fellas.

vadicta
vadicta

It's really not Castlevania's fault that it looks like GoW, anyway. It's about a guy swinging around a giant whip and killing demons with it. You put that game in a 3D universe and there's no escaping the comparison. But the whole wolf jumps on guy, button smash moment was a little too close for comfort, especially since that's not one of the better parts of GoW

acerx7
acerx7

Stop comparing the game to God of War, its called innovation. Take one idea and improve on it or make it different. Look at all other games...where would all survival horror games be without Resident Evil (or the overhead shooting with RE4) or FPS games without Half Life (or whatever was the first FPS). God of War is just the first of these types of games we will see thanks to it so enough with the unnecessary comparisons and just enjoy it :)

vadicta
vadicta

Konami Directer stands before a projected video of GoW where Kratos is swinging around his chains wildly, and then jumping in a way that contains all the consistency to not make it the worst experience on earth. He turns to his devs, "We've been trying to make this work for over a decade now, and THEY get it right? Watch this video a few more times, until you can come out with some REAL ideas!" He slams the door, and years later, the devs left that room and began work on a great 3D Castlevania game. This looks pretty sweet, though stacked up against the rest of the 2011 lineup, It'll be a summer buy for me, most likely. :)

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Aye this game looks sweet, still, I am waiting on an HD remake of Symphony of the Night (with tons of extra castle sections, items, enemies and unlockables) Oh yes.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Oh for the love of god, people, I was just mucking around. Look on my games list. It is chock full of Castlevania games. You take stuff so literally sometimes :P