Future of Castlevania series unclear, says Konami

Producer Dave Cox says what happens with series after Lords of Shadow 2 is not decided; confirms MercurySteam has moved to an all-new IP.

The future of the Castlevania series, beyond this winter's Lords of Shadow 2, has yet to be decided, according to series producer Dave Cox.

"What happens with Castlevania after [Lords of Shadow] is not clear, but we hope to leave it in the best of health for those who come after us," Cox said on Twitter.

Clarifying comments he made during San Diego Comic-Con, Cox confirmed that MercurySteam will not develop a new Castlevania game, but rather an all-new IP, potentially for next-generation systems.

"When I said we are done with Castlevania, it's because we want to move forward with MercurySteam on a new project in a new universe," he said.

If the Castlevania series does move forward, Cox said he believes it is time for "somebody younger; a younger producer to come in and take up the mantle," though no studios were named outright.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 launches this winter for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

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130 comments
Cappuccin0
Cappuccin0

Give the series back to Igarashi... by now I bet he learned his lesson :P

Sniper-Gamer
Sniper-Gamer

How about a 2D Castlevania game? Go back to the series' side-scrolling roots.

Gravelord_Nito
Gravelord_Nito

you need to play LOS twice. 

first time i played it, i thought it was ok, and the whole game i just couldn't really adjust myself to the change they took the series in. but the 2nd time i played it, i knew what was waiting so i could really pay attention to everything and i was blown away. seriously, i thought to myself was this the same game i played the first time haha

truegamer22
truegamer22

I don't know about anyone else,but I think Curse of Darkness is an alright 3D Castlevania game

DWalker131
DWalker131

LoS wasn't thaaat bad was it ?, i kinda like it, puzzles were a tad bit harder then i liked them to be, kinda made me stop and think abit which kinda pulled me out of fighting groove, but at the same time it gives the game variety i'd happily give it a 7.5 

i'm pretty far into the the first disc, and i have to say the platforming parts were nowhere near as memorable as super castlevania 4 though

NightStalkerBX
NightStalkerBX

Oh, I know.  Give the fans our old canon back.  I wouldn't be half as opposed to an LoS-style game if they didn't decide to throw the original canon out for no reason.

truegamer22
truegamer22

We need another game like Super Castlevania 4,or another Metroidvania like Symphony of the Night.(everyone needs to remember,the super in Super Castlevania 4 was put there for a reason)

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

Now that LoS is over can we have Metroidvanias back? Kthx Konami.

Lorindol
Lorindol

I really like Lords of Shadow...... I also really like fresh takes on Classic game series. 

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

um, maybe konami could do their own castlevania game? perish the thought? i swear, this seems to be a trend. like capcom, konami seems to be handing out their old game franchises to third-party developers instead of handling them themselves. if its gonna suck, then i at least wanna know that it was the game's original producers that screwed it up, not some american studio that ruins it by trying to "westernize" it. mercury steam is an exception to the rule though.

bj91x
bj91x

After all these years, I would still love to see a 2D Castlevania game on a Sony portable (currently the PSV) with gorgeous looking pre-rendered backgrounds, instead of the SNES style cartoon backgrounds we saw on the older previous games.

Twilleppac
Twilleppac

I'd actually like it if they gave the old formulas another crack after LoS2, like I'd give Metroidvanias another go or like go back to their roots and make some more classic-style Castlevania games like what was done with The Adventure: ReBirth.

chipface-z
chipface-z

I'd still like to see a Castlevania that takes place in 1999.

etryus
etryus

SotN 2 does exists; it's called Harmony of despair... 

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

As a long time Castlevania fan, I consider this good news. While I don't begrudge anyone, Castlevania fan or otherwise for enjoying Lords of Shadow, I personally can't even remember the last time I was more disappointed with a game.

I'd rather the series be left behind permanently than see it continue in the vein of Lords of Shadow.

mr_indiff
mr_indiff

I'd want a modern-day Castlevania -- a time where everyone has forgotten that vampires existed.  Then you control Dracula, trying to restore Castlevania then going against modern military with the help of Belmonts. Or something like.

DefunktJunk
DefunktJunk

Bring back 2D Castlevania's on consoles with super slick animations or GTFO. That is all :)

D3dr0_0
D3dr0_0

It can still strive on hand helds.

push88
push88

They said that this next game is the conclusion to the story.  So what's the problem? Why can't people move on?  Of course Castlevania isn't finished.  Someone will make another game one day.  Better to end this great story on a high note.  It'll be that much more legendary than if they beat it to death.

supa_badman
supa_badman

Castlevania has had a nice long run I think. 

Soulreavercross
Soulreavercross moderator

Please don't kill the series. This is one series that isn't milked on the consoles

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I just hope Mercury Steam's next project is truly a new IP and not the rumored Contra reboot.

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

The right answer isn't complicated in fact it's just three letters.

IGA

Sakarnen
Sakarnen

There was a holy trinity of new-style Castlevanias on DS, now make 3 new-style CVs on 3DS. What's unclear?
If you prefer old-style over Metroidvania, go ahead and do that; Rondo was amazing on psp.

Mrod1212
Mrod1212

Really bummed MS not continuing the franchise. I personally would like a next gen 3D title with a solid story, music,  and voice acting similar to LoS.

jhpeter
jhpeter

Forget Castlevania in 3D, never worked.Now go back to make more metroidvania games to 3DS and VITA.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Honestly I'd like to see a Castlevania who's art style was like much of the art for the covers for the games but animated, all 2D and play like the classic Castlevania games, timeline doesn't matter, who you play as doesn't matter just that it plays like the classic games, sue me for liking those more than the new ones if you want but they were the best...

bkohary
bkohary

If Konami want to stick with 3D, they need to thoroughly play Demon/Dark Souls and just change the battle mechanics to depend less on weight.

Dark Souls is effectively SOTN in 3d anyway.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

What's next you ask? I heard it was deep emotional mocap acting to make the game more like a movie, apparently. Or so I heard from a little birdy named Dave Cox.

Shengali
Shengali

Just make a new trilogy with Alucard as the main character. He's a hugely popular character for them, and with LoS2 they'll already have somewhat of an idea as to his "vampire mechanics". Just play around with the formula again and you're golden. As another vampire he could continue on for awhile and we could see characters come into the trilogy anywhere from Richter in part 1 to Soma in part 3.

Gargus
Gargus

It was clear they didn't know the future of it years ago when they basically took god of war and dantes inferno, then mashed them together and threw in the word vampire.

Konami has become a lazy and very tiresome studio. DDR, metal gear and castlevania is all they have anymore.

berethor099
berethor099

Obviously this is a slow news day because this doesn't count as news.  Other than franchises like AC, COD, and Madden that just put out recycled crap every year there aren't many devs that are planning what's going on WHILE they are making a current game.  

Mercury Steam is done with Castlevania which is fine.  But NO SHIT they don't know what's in the future.  Damn lamespot.  

GermanBomber
GermanBomber

I love Castlevania but if it's not 2D I really don't want it. If done right, 2D games will never die...and old Castlevania games like Symphony of the Night were masterpieces of 2D gaming...fuck mainstream, stick to your 2D roots...2D rocks!!!

baxwam
baxwam

Future of Konami. METAL GEAR! 

BradBurns
BradBurns

@DWalker131 

I'm not sure that many people ever thought that it was bad. In fact, most people I know seemed to have loved the game to death. It's one of those rare games where most of the public actually loudly and sincerely seemed to have disagreed with the above average scores it gathered. 


Not because of some lame form of fanboy denial but rather because they actually seem to think it was underrated. 


If one criticism can be leveled at the game it would be that it is not a true (traditional) Castlevania game. It is a God of War style game with some Castlevania elements in it. A great one, though.

chronocommander
chronocommander

@NightStalkerBX They wanted to try something new, there's nothing wrong with creating a new parallel universe of sorts while leaving the other universe intact. At least it's possible to choose from any universe and go on. Besides, the DS Castlevania games are pretty freaking fantastic and are in the original canon so might as well play those. Castlevania is better off in 2D, at least for now since nobody has figured out how to properly make one in 3D yet (unlike Mario).

Atolm1
Atolm1

@truegamer22 Amen and Amen, now those are two classics that are truly deserving of the title classics. How i miss the days of amazing games like SC4 and SOTN.

GreggD
GreggD

@etryus Nope. That's a multiplayer focused mashup. Nothing about it makes it a sequel to SotN.

Eraldus
Eraldus

@jhpeter What are you talking about? LoD was awesome to the max! it was the first fully functional 3D castlevania ever made!

The problem is that you 2D fanboys refuse to accept it

etryus
etryus

@Shengali Oh yea! Richter is my favorite Belmont, I'd love to play as him again. And I totaly agree about Alucard. They haven't dig enough the Belmont story.

Shengali
Shengali

Yeah! Those jokers...

That's like that time that they were lost, so they threw Metroid and a dash of Final Fantasy in, mashed them together and threw in the word vampire.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@GermanBomber

I half agree with you.

The 2D "Symphony of the night" style games were simply amazing.
Nothing tops Aria or Dawn of Sorrow.

That being said, Lords of Shadow was simply amazing. The only thing I hated about it was that I couldn't use anything but the whip.

DWalker131
DWalker131

@BradBurns @DWalker131 i hope your right, just alotta people in here in this particular forum want to end the series and going back to the old skool style castlevania. i wouldn't mind if the series contined in this direction

etryus
etryus

@GreggD I played it on multiplayer only to get some trophies, otherwise I finished it on solo alone even at the highest difficulty setting. I wouldn't say that nothing about it makes it a sequel de Sotn, when you grab Alucard or Richter, memories of Sotn resurface ;)

truegamer22
truegamer22

@GreggD and it's one of those multiplayer games that's only good with multiplayer

GreggD
GreggD

@etryus @GreggD Perhaps, but I'd then argue it's a spiritual successor at best. In fact, I would argue that Aria of Sorrow was the true sequel, in that it actually had a story and Alucard had a pivotal role in the game.