Konami teases new Castlevania game

Producer Dave Cox references "the next one" in discussing Lords of Shadow 2, confirms Mercury Steam will not develop it.

Castlevania producer Dave Cox has teased a new entry in the Lords of Shadow series and revealed that whatever this game turns out to be, Mercury Steam will not develop it.

Speaking during a Comic-Con roundtable interview, Cox said Konami has learned a great many lessons as it relates to performance capture for the series and suggested these lessons could be applied to an all-new game.

"We have to really plan differently and do things differently. And we've made mistakes on this one, as well, which we're going to hopefully improve for the next one [Emphasis added]," Cox said. "I think it's a learning process and I think game developers are learning every day how to do things better."

Cox also confirmed in the interview that Spanish developer Mercury Steam is moving away from the Lords of Shadow series because it has nothing left to say in the universe.

"I think if you've got something to say, you should just say it, and when you're done, just shut up," Cox said. "And we've got something to say. And once it's out there…I think it's time for somebody else; somebody younger, a younger producer to come in and take up the mantle and do what they think would be right for Castlevania and for us to move on to something else."

"I think Castlevania is a series that has evolved over the 26 years to what it is today and I think it's in good shape right now and I think people will really enjoy the last one," he added. "There's a lot of surprises and I think we're going to deliver something unexpected."

In June, Cox said Mercury Steam has "next-gen in mind for our next project," but would not say more. 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."

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

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112 comments
Arsonaire
Arsonaire

It's a relief to know, Castlevania is on developer's ambitious list. Lot of potential in the series.

rsmpride
rsmpride

I think the hardest thing to realize is that, there may never again be another SOTN. Just like there will never be another FF7 or FF8. The important thing to realize is when that title in the current generation comes out. That title is Dark Souls. That is this generation's SOTN.

gargungulunk
gargungulunk

I thought they were just getting setup & started, in "the universe". ...a reboot it is then. too soon to tell.

For what it is, Mercury Steam did  a rather solid job with the 3DS variation...


Deathsmiles76
Deathsmiles76

Why do idiots keep saying gow clone gow is a clone of every others hack and slash that came before it. Duhh!!!!

Necro_Fear89
Necro_Fear89

The Souls games is what 3D Castlevanias should have been, but they insist on going with the non-stop hack-n-slash gameplay that it makes me feel like I am not playing Castlevania but another God of War rip-off with QTE's mixed in it. Make Castlevania feel like Castlevania, I still enjoyed LoS though, but it was hard to defend it since it's just another masher action game.

teribithia
teribithia

I think if you've got something to say, you should just say it, and when you're done, just shut up. Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone.

RickDemonsbane
RickDemonsbane

When he said "the next one" he meant whatever game comes next. Konami is not teasing further LoS.

And, for as much as I love the trilogy, I think that's the right choice.

dragonkantus
dragonkantus

man i loved castlevania curse of darkness the should go back to it style

PaulJanson
PaulJanson

"we've made mistakes on this one" Umm.....Yeah sure, that's EXACTLY what buyers like to hear. -_-

Oloryn
Oloryn

It's really interesting seeing everyone's take on "classic" Castlevania. Some people seem to think the series started with SotN, and while I love that one, the metroidvania playstyle and the myriad of clones it spawned, I also enjoy the originals, particularly Simon's Quest and Super Castlevania IV, though they don't play at all the same. The originals were slower, deliberate action driven games of amazing quality, SotN was a reboot, and it did the series justice, just as I thought  LoS did...they are all very different, though LoS, to me, feels much more like the originals than SotN does...again, that doesn't mean I don't think SotN is an amazing game. 

Ultimately, I think it's the story that makes it Castlevania, and LoS has been delivering on story unlike any of the others. Nostalgia (or bad voice work) might keep people attached to the earlier games, but keeping an open mind, LoS is easily the best delivered story, the production quality was astounding, and I like to live in a world where it's okay to enjoy LoS AND it's okay to enjoy SotN...I don't see why I can't have both, they're both amazing. Looking forward to LoS 2, easily one of my most anticipated games of the year.

bkohary
bkohary

Dear Gamespot,

Next time you interview anyone developing Castlevania games, can you please replace all your questions with:

"Why aren't you f#&kers making a remake or sequel to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night?"

Much appreciated!

furrynic
furrynic

Do a Super Castlevania 4 Remake. Is my all time favorite.

This are my all time favorite Castlevania games.

1.Super Castlevania 4 - Super Nintendo

2. Castlevania Symphony Of The Night - Playsation

3. Castlevania dracula x rondo of blood -  TurboGrafx Super CD

4. Castlevani 3 - NES

DefunktJunk
DefunktJunk

Just give me a Symphony of the Night HD remake or Symphony of the Night 2 please. K thanks bye.

Mrod1212
Mrod1212

As long as it's not rehashed handheld titles for the next ten years then I'm ok with this.

DaIamar
DaIamar

Oh, so now it's not Castlevania series, but Lords of Shadow series. Please give it back to japanese devs, I don't want another GoW clone.

Sword403
Sword403

That gives me an idea. lets all get in feedbackula by ranting on them   :)

Fu**'em

Fu**'em

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Come on guys. Lets go...

Sword403
Sword403

I didn't like LOS gameplay much. It was kind of OK but not great. But it did have one of the best emotional stories castlevania ever had. That was enough to get me invested and I loved it. We all care for Dracula now and some of us want him to destroy the brotherhood for what they have done. Now that's a story right there and I can't wait to see how it unfolds in LOS2. MS did a great job and no other 3D castlevania came even close. They deserve much respect and praise. oh...and FU** U Feedbackula!!

jhpeter
jhpeter

Now I hope to the best with Castlevania, that M Steam is a sh!t house , mediocre, there s no exploration. Finally Konami saw this.

etryus
etryus

One Castlevania game every 2 years is NOT enough Mr Cox, Take my money and start working already!

Shengali
Shengali

He says "the next one" and then talks about how the series would be moving on with a new producer and dev... I dunno, maybe I'm reading it wrong, but it sounds more to me like he's talking about his/MS's next project (Contra?) and not the next Castlevania.

Navardo95
Navardo95

Sorry but I have a hard time believing ANY 3D Castlevania game will reach the enormous quality of the Lords Of Shadow franchise...hate on me but LOS1 was my personal GOTY 2010 and for all we know this 'next' Castlevania game might have a storyline worse than the 3D ones in the PS2 with a dull musical score and 6 hours of buggy campaign length....the level of emotion delivered by LOS1 from Mercury Steam was absolutely brilliant..and I can't wait for LOS2....

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

I loved Lords of Shadow. Sure, it's not like SoTN, but if there's a game that captures the original Castlevania ''vibe'', it's Lords of Shadow. The trek through the European folklore was a grandiose one. I wasn't a fan of the sketchy framerate and odd QTE's, but the world you discover throughout the journey was damn worth it. The music was worthy of any Castlevania game, too.

xaxbxab
xaxbxab

@Necro_Fear89 No castlevania before Symphony of the Night can be related to the Souls games. Lords of Shadow is a lot more like the pre-SotN games. That was their intention.

etryus
etryus

@Oloryn I remember back then when I played SotN for the first time i said "WTH where is my whip hero??!!" For me Castlevania meant controlling whip user; and man I wasen't happy about it. After giving SotN a try and letting some time pass by, I started loving it more and more. I can't even remember how many times I finished SotN today. I think with time people will learn to appreciate the LoS series, because as you said it's by far the best Castlevania story out there.

razorfett147
razorfett147

@bkohary Because contrary to what SOME fans might think, Castlevania is NOT just about SotN.  It was a bright spot in the series' history, but it was not the end all be all of the whole franchise.

razorfett147
razorfett147

@DaIamar No, it needs to go to a group of talented developers who are big fans of the series and know how to evolve it into the next generation without undermining its roots.  I don't care whether that group is from Japan, France, or Canada.  Demanding a Japanese developer isn't going to guarantee anything....just look at Castlevania Judgement.  Don't write off devs from other parts of the world because MecurySteam chose to go with the "Devil May Cry" action style for LoS. 

Aentikraist
Aentikraist

@DaIamar finally someone understood that actually they did that!!!! gee thanks there buddy!!! same here!!!

etryus
etryus

@Sword403 Just out of curiosity, what does feedbackula has to do with it? Oo  

etryus
etryus

@jhpeter I guess it depends whether it meets Mr Cox sales expections or not. I don't think that he'll be dissapointed if the game sells more than he's expecting, even if he thinks that M Steam is a shit house. And the game will sell very well. Day 1 for me.

Sam_Redfield
Sam_Redfield

@Navardo95 Totally agree, Lords of Shadow is one of the best games, and I have a feeling that Lords of Shadow 2 will deliver on a huge scale and be like the best hack n slash // action adventure game ever, LoS2 is my most anticipated title ever.

Cappuccin0
Cappuccin0

@Fandango_Letho on the contrary, the game feels nothing like Castlevania. That's not saying it's a bad game though, because it isn't.

Sword403
Sword403

Well...I dont actually know.. hehe

jhpeter
jhpeter

@Navardo95 @jhpeter I prefer Real castlevania games like in gba , ds. When it mixes with Metroid. People remember it as the best castlevania style that start in ps one.

Navardo95
Navardo95

@Sam_Redfield @Navardo95 Indeed..LOS2 seems to have the same feel of LOS1 but greatly expanded without sacrificing the roots of the series..

The reason why I'm skeptical about the 'next' Castlevania is that Mercury Steam is not behind it and neither is Oscar Araujo....I mean the art direction of LOS1,the atmosphere of the game,the thought provoking storyline,the diversity of the game,the high-quality musical score and the amazing length...I can go on and on...you don't always see a game with a quality like that and neither is it easy to achieve.

razorfett147
razorfett147

@Cappuccin0 @Fandango_Letho Pretty much every person I hear say that is an avid fan of the SotN era of Castlevania.  As in...they came on board the franchise after the classic series.  Sorry, but as an extremely early CV fan (CV1 was the 1st game I bought for my shiny new NES back in the day) I have to concur with those above....LoS channeled the classic Castlevanias of yesteryear VERY well.

LalchandTudu
LalchandTudu

@Cappuccin0 @Fandango_Letho when a game is rebooted, it is bound to go changes...and changes are inevitable too...but are necessary. Lords of Shadow is different from the earlier versions of Castlevania games. But the basic foundation is unchanged.
                 Yes the basic foundation. If it is strong, then only you can expect a positive rise towards up. On that grounds, Castlevania Lords of Shadow has done an excellent job to every bit and it is worth every penny.


razorfett147
razorfett147

@jhpeter @Navardo95 So Dracula's Curse and Rondo of Blood are not REAL Castlevanias, huh?  Try shouting that on a few message boards crawling with lots of long time CV fans.  Little tip: bring lots of fire retardant gel with you ;)

razorfett147
razorfett147

@Bellum_Sacrum @Dreamerdude26 @Shengali Too bad that every 2D Castlevania from the last 10 years is nothing but a rehash of SotN.  You're using hypocritical logic to justify your Metroidvania fandom.  Konami was running CV into the ground long before MercurySteam got a hold of it.  You're rose colored glasses just won't allow you to see it.

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

@Dreamerdude26 @Shengali Too bad half of the classicvanias are rehashes of the same game and the franchise was practically dead before Symphony of the Night showed up.

Dreamerdude26
Dreamerdude26

@Shengali ^^ This exactly. LOS is closer to "Original" Castlevania than most people think.


Shengali
Shengali

ITP: "REAL" Castlevania is now Metroidvania, as opposed to Classicvania

smh

Some people remember Rondo of Blood, Super CV IV, etc, as the best too, ya know? I love how most of the people screaming "LoS is a GoW clone!" don't seem to mind that IGA CV is SO Metroid that it's refered to as METROIDvania, lol

Cappuccin0
Cappuccin0

@razorfett147 different strokes for different folks I guess... personally it never felt like Castlevania to me (and I've played them since the first one too) but more like a really gothic God of War. But as I said before, that doesn't mean it's a bad game at all.