GC 2008: Lords of Shadow Conference Impressions

Konami showed off a brand-new game at its Leipzig press conference, and we were there to see how it shapes up.

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At Konami's press conference, the Japanese publisher gave attendees an update on many of its existing franchises, including Castlevania, Pro Evolution Soccer, Rock Revolution, Silent Hill, and even a reborn GTI Club. We thought that was all for the day's news until the company announced that a brand-new IP was in the works: Lords of Shadow. Due out in 2010, the action-adventure game is being developed by Mercury Steam (Clive Barker's Jericho, Scrapland) and was described as a "dark fairy tale with a European twist." Konami also added that if you're a fan of Mexican director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, and the upcoming The Hobbit), then "you'll like this."

In the trailer, an unnamed medieval warrior kneels in what appears to be a tomb. Light streams in through a cross-shaped window, and we noticed that the warrior has a cross laid into one of his weapons. He also wears heavy armour, along with a gauntlet and daggers. After a few moments a shadow passes by, followed shortly by some heavy thuds. All of a sudden, a giant troll crashes through the roof, and our unnamed hero quickly dispatches him with a flaming, retractable chain-whip almost like Castlevania protagonist Simon Belmont might do.

The trailer was prerendered but showed promising signs of Konami's newest offspring. No more details were given at the event, but we'll be sure to bring more news as it appears. Lords of Shadow will be coming to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2010.

Discussion

20 comments
jarvool
jarvool

I hope its filled with a ton of secrets like SOTN. that was one of the best pat, just exploring. Also, i hope special moves are executed the same way, through button combos. that was a wicked feature of SOTN!

Conjuration
Conjuration

Ok, show us more. This article if from frickin' August '08 ! That's a long time without an update.

jjmonster2006
jjmonster2006

so happy Alucard will return. I'm a huge Castlevania fan.

raith616
raith616

agreed on all counts (heh) although the move to 3D makes me hope that Konami pay attention to the important aspects of the combat and ambience that made castlevania one of the best series of the 80's/90's, if this turns into another dantes inferno the developers should be placed on the naughty step for a looong time (anybody play the awful wii castlevania cumbeatemup?) come on Konami do it justice this time!

leesempai
leesempai

@hellpolice: exactly. Hope the games stays true to its dark nature. That eerie feeling you talk about is just what captures the player to keep playing

hellpolice
hellpolice

@leesempai: Not only that I hope the game captures the eerie feeling from SOTN Curse of Darkness and Lamment of Innocence. The feeling of the night, vastness, and emptiness. And the great voice acting from SOTN but we'll see Cheers

leesempai
leesempai

Hope the game gets all the classic fun we had with Symphony of the Night. I doubt the character design would be as good as Japanese anime style... Wish the programers don't forget the extensive slashing fun and multy weapon options along with magic and items, plus the leveling feature AND replay value we had from the previous Alucard game. I truly want this to be an excellent game, but do the people making it ever read or hear what the buyers want?!?

bleeding_sky97
bleeding_sky97

why change the story. i heard nothing of alucard in the trailer. if they where going to kill the belmont clan story at least finish it with a good game involving alucard as the main character. but no, they have to go off and make some new stupid story.

dschaefe7
dschaefe7

Can't wait for a new Castlevania! You gotta love this series!

EvanDeWickeD
EvanDeWickeD

BLESS OUR SOULS !!! God of war 3 Castlevania Dante's Inferno Darksiders OMFG!!!!!!! :B GOW3 will be awesome PERIOD! as for the rest ...... hope they keep the CONTROLS tight :B

falsacabra
falsacabra

Maybe it´s too early to say but I think this game stinks. don't misunderstand me, but I think Castlevania is a matter of japanese programmers. I don´t know if an american or european developer could ever design a good old but also brand new Castlevania . I think that we have been waiting too long after Symphony of the Night for the next real Castlevania to come. Because, do you think this is a real Castlevania?

CrystalShuriken
CrystalShuriken

Why???A reboot in the series??....and alucard is present?!what are they thinking??where is the 2d scroller with the 3d backrounds in hd??where are the classic castlevania creatures?where-is-castlevania???..Oh,i also heard you can play as kratos or dante later in the game..!lol

Mon6ana
Mon6ana

I don't see Alucard in this video.. I hope Konami didn't change the main character, although this man looks great and gentle, but I'm an Alucard's fan. hope this game will be promising, the bad thing is that it looks like Devil May Cry which I really disliked.

hellpolice
hellpolice

I hope they don't get rid of the puzzle elements we all know and love, don' get me wrong Lord of Shadow looks amazing!

Tetratrance_CK
Tetratrance_CK

Ok. This is pretty clear cut. Tracking this already. Wish listing this.....Done Tent....Check....Food Rations....Check.....Quit Job.....Check..... PSP and Two or Three Final Fantasy Games (to pass time to 2010!)......Check Ok on my way to my pilgramage to the Video Game Store!!!!!

Ekimator
Ekimator

Alucard ?? what?? when or where was Alucard even mentioned?

snake2215449
snake2215449

LOL 2010!!!! THIS GAME MUST BE REALLY GOOD!!!:lol:

milnet
milnet

The material has potential, just hope they put a lot of care into it cause I love games with this kind of setting.

milnet
milnet

The material has potential, just hope they put a lot of care into it cause I love games with this kind of setting.