Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin Update

We glean some new information on the next Castlevania game for the DS at San Diego's Comic-Con.

Currently scheduled for release toward the end of this year, Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin is the second game in Konami's long-running Castlevania series to be developed exclusively for the Nintendo DS. We first got our hands on the game shortly before the Electronic Entertainment Expo in May, and although we gleaned plenty of information on that occasion, we were left with a number of questions unanswered. Earlier today, during an informal meeting with Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi at the San Diego Comic-Con, we got a few of the answers that we were looking for, and we also got a brief look at the latest work-in-progress version of the game.

The demo of Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin on display at Comic-Con is similar to the one that we played before E3, but we did notice a few new features that are worthy of mention. Set in two distinct locales--a castle and a city--the demo let us switch between the game's new characters on the fly as we progressed. New in this demo was the ability to change the equipped items on each character, as well as a kick attack for vampire hunter Jonathan Morris and some new spells for magic-user Charlotte Orlean. We also spotted a new magical weapon in the game--a rock that ricocheted of walls and such when it was thrown. The most interesting new details on Portrait of Ruin came from our conversation with Iga.

When asked about Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin's wireless features, Iga explained that the game will offer a two-player cooperative mode that can be played either locally or online. Cooperative games will be played on special stages, which, although the translation wasn't entirely clear, we're assuming refers to levels different from those found in the single-player game, and the monsters contained therein will vary according to whether the game is online or local because of technical limitations. Also supported locally and online will be a shop mode, where you can buy, sell, and trade items with other players.

Finally, Iga told us that although the bulk of the in-game music is being composed by Castlevania veteran Michiru Yamane, at least five pieces of music will come courtesy of Yuzo Koshiro, whose soundtrack credits include such classic games as Streets of Rage, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Shenmue. We look forward to bringing you more information on Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin as soon as it becomes available.

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79 comments
gokuofheaven
gokuofheaven

Although Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow was a step up onto the DS, you can tell right off the bat that PoR visually looks stunning and feels more involving under the Castlevania title. I will most definetly pick this up and enjoy it 10x more than DoS.

IChoseNotToRun
IChoseNotToRun

cant wait for this it looks so good i love the art style i love it gooooood

Sw0rDMaN
Sw0rDMaN

Cant wait to try out this game

Demonbob
Demonbob

Co-op makes this a great game. ONLINE co-op makes this a must buy!

dchan01
dchan01

Yuzo Koshiro! YES!!!!!!!

Dualmask
Dualmask

It's 2D Castlevania. Therefore, a must-buy. I've played every 2D Castlevania game ever released in America and they're always good. I don't know what it is, but Castlevania is just one of the greatest game series out there. Glad it's not showing any signs of slowing down.

Flan_Man
Flan_Man

Some words come to mind. Sweet and cool are at the top of the list.

slick_25
slick_25

This is ganna rock now that i have wifi!!!!!!

SleepyCrat
SleepyCrat

I'm looking foward to this. This is one of the series of games that made Nintendo what it is

jimmyong
jimmyong

It would become MSUT BUY game!

Zeybrin
Zeybrin

Holy Crap! Online Cooperative??? SWEET. that would be awesome..especially if you coulde use the mic for voice chat or something.

Mana-Knight-15
Mana-Knight-15

This game is gonna be INCREDIBLE! It reminds me of Symphony of the Night in some ways.

cool_bananas92
cool_bananas92

Yoko's hot! C'mon! someone help me here! hey, don't walk away! c'mon u guys! gawd! ur not my friends anymore. Oh and this game is goin to kik a$$! i'm glad there ditching souls. It's overused. i think magic will be a great replacement!

volumesoxxs
volumesoxxs

this game is going to be awesome, the ds has a great upcoming lineup

pashitos
pashitos

Ever since completing the latest long-lasting Castlevania adventure on DS I've been waiting for the next installment. Portrait of Ruin looks as promising as every single previous Castlevania game on hand consoles. I am not a great fan of Castlevania on PS2, but DS release of such a great game is a pleasant event. I can't wait to get my hands on PoR!

ajkloft
ajkloft

I love Castlevania, but the graphics don't look that improved :( Still will get the game of course :p

sandningaara
sandningaara

I played the demo at the Comic Con and I got this to say: THIS GAME IS FREAKING AWESOME AND WILL BE A MUST BUY!!!!

Overlord_Meril
Overlord_Meril

Before Dawn of Sorrow I've only ever played the NES Castlevania's... And all of them were great! Looking forward to Portrait of Ruin! ^.^

wazzdan
wazzdan

I got the DS a month or so ago and ive got some good games but i cant find Caslevania: Dawn of Sorrow ANYWHERE so I guess ill get this improvement when it comes out.

millrboyz
millrboyz

another good castlevania game is on the way...now we need one for the PSP. the PSP is practically begging for some more good games right now

Edeal
Edeal

Castlevania rulzzz :))

TckeyTheGlove
TckeyTheGlove

Hells yeah, more Castlevania! And you get a whip this time!

EmptySki
EmptySki

This game is going to be great! i cant wait

DoubleDragon
DoubleDragon

Yamane has made some of the greatest game soundtracks every produced. The new castlevania is sounding great.

shadowkid878
shadowkid878

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Evo_Clown
Evo_Clown

Good stuff... I can hardly wait.

grizam
grizam

the art styles different yes, but the game looks the same/better then the originals! The in game graphics look the same so who cares about the anime cut scenes. That's why they switched to anime anyways, because it's far more easier to animate then their goth style (and.....to attract more fans). I do love their goth style tho, but oh well, I have a feeling this is going to be a great game!

LoserMike
LoserMike

Capcom??? Don't you mean Konami! They switched art styles because the small DS screen, doesn't allow the details of the goth style to be showned.

darksirjoshua
darksirjoshua

OMG!! WiFi CO-OP!! Im so happy. I have a orgasm :D

psychic
psychic

Im definately getting it! Dawn of Sorrow is the Best, this game is also going to be the first multiplayer-adventure Castlevania ever (i wander if Alucard or Juste will sport in again)

Acid_Kitsune
Acid_Kitsune

The "Ricocheting stone" was, in fact, first introduced in Rondo of Blood, not Symphony of the night.

rikardo10
rikardo10

it will be better than dawn of sorrow, i hope

Sinnicks
Sinnicks

I just finished Dawn of Sorrow and can't wait for this game.

King-MonkeyBar
King-MonkeyBar

im so excited for this game castlevania is da bomb

Polyhymnia
Polyhymnia

I played the Castlevania Demo at Comic con and I can atest that it was pretty cool. This game will be on my wishlist for Christmas

SirDart
SirDart

This game is going to kick ass.

JJOR64
JJOR64

DS is going to kick ass this Christmas!!

cool_bananas92
cool_bananas92

I think this game is gonna be the new sotn! Oh, and by the way, don't johnathan morris look like Yoko? Mmmmm, Yoko...