DailyVania (9/27/10): Screen-caps of Dracula in Lords of Shadow + Speculation

Dracula is synonymous with the Castlevania franchise, so it’s no surprise that he’s in Castlevania Lords of Shadow, even though the game’s producer Dave Cox seems to always dodge that question in interviews. In one form or another, The Prince of Darkness will make an appearance in the game, releasing next Tuesday. There are rumors that perhaps Gabriel Belmont, the game’s protagonist, will take on the form of Dracula by game’s end. Many clues are provided that lend themselves to this conclusion, but we’ll just have to wait and see. Tonight’s article will look at this very possibility. Could Gabriel become the sworn enemy of his own descendants?

Without going to deep into the mythology, for simplicity’s sake, Dracula as we have come to know him was born out of the loss of his love. He turned on all humanity and englufed himself in a life of darkness, become the Lord of Darkness we all know him as today. We’ve seen this tale beautifully adapted in Bram Stroker’s Dracula.

In the Castlevania franchise, Dracula has always been the main threat and the source of all the evils facing the many protagonists. Here’s an excerpt from his character entry in Castlevania Wiki:

The Dracula of Castlevania is loosely based on Bram Stoker’s character, which was in turn based on the infamous Vlad Tepes of Wallachia. TheCastlevania Dracula draws some history from both, but instead of preying on maidens this one threatens whole realms with his armies at the least, and at worst is presented as the very embodiment of evil.

Dracula did not receive much characterization in the earlier games of the Castlevania series, but in later games he is depicted as arrogant, disdainful of humanity (whom he regards as petty and greedy), and somewhat abusive towards his own minions.

His right-hand-man, so to speak, is Death most of the time. And as the above excerpt indicates he unleashes whole armies of creatures of the night. There wouldn’t be need for a Castlevania game is this wasn’t the case. And it all makes for quite an entertaining experience regardless of which title in the series you play, you’re bound to have a memorable time. This will most likely be the case once players reach him in Lords of Shadow. But what form will he take?

Seeing as how this is a reboot, he might look different than versions of him we’ve seen before. Below you’ll find screen-caps that I’ve taken of every glimpse of Dracula we’ve gotten, including ones from tonight’s 11 minute gameplay video.

The hooded figure in each of the above images is without a doubt, Dracula. But, is it Gabriel? Gabriel lost his love, and is on a quest to finding the means to resurrect her. There’s also the lingering prophecy that “a pure hearted warrior will claim the power of the Lords of Shadow as his own” . Everything seems to fit. My opinion? Yes, Gabriel will in fact become Dracula himself. And it’ll be interesting to see how this changes things in the timeline, perhaps a follow-up game will be released with Simon or Trevor serving as the protagonist? What do you guys think? Please leave you theories below on the comments or on our facebook page. Have a good night!

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  • TheDovCreed

    unless being a vampire makes the hair longer
    i don’t think that’s Gabriel 😀

  • Dave

    I think you may be right …

  • Laph

    I dunno.. I don’t think that hooded person is Dracula… It’s either Death, or Shaft.

  • Ankaris

    The guy in the chair is Dracula. The hooded person is probably some dark priest like Shaft, maybe even the same priest Gabriel and Zobek confront in the TGS trailer.

    I do agree that Gabriel being intertwined with Dracula is a strong possibility.

  • Gabe

    Relating from a game of castlevania, hooded person might be the son of dracula, like the game of castlevania form nintendo 64, right after you kill Darcula, you leave and appears a child with blue eyes,mounted in a unicorn that revelas itself as Dracula reincarnated. If its Gabriel, too bad I like the Character to be in another sequel

  • JBeN

    A Belmont becoming the prince of darkness Dracula!? nah…

  • I share your opinion about Gabriel becoming Dracula. There are many clues: Gabriel’s tragedy is the very reason why Vlad (or Mathias in Castlevania mythology) transforms into the Lord of Darkness; the quest for revival; the forbidden magic. Besides, Gabriel is not actually a Belmont. Several sources indicate that Gabriel’s real last name is Cronqvist… you know, from Lament of Innocence.
    I could bet on it!

  • Gabriel

    The hooded person is zobek, if you see before he fly onto the top, you see the white beard of the person in a moment,just take a look on the video


    no!!!! gabriel is dracul not dracula, dracula= son of dragon…dracul= dragon himself, in the final video gabriel says in rumano: i am dracul, not dracula. why?? … i dont know… see ya!!!

  • Dude

    Gabriel becomes Dracula and that’s Zorbek the necromancer (oh plot spoilers).

  • BeastChunks

    he says i am the devil in romanian btw and, the final boss is satan. haha its wicked.

  • after finishing castlevania Lords of shadow there is a movie at the end where the hooded figure of Zobeck meets Gabriel who is siting in the chair and warns him that satan is riseing again as gabriel leans forward u can see that becomeing lord of shadow has corupted him and he is dracula

  • Kioba

    Gabriel becomes Dracula, and the other figure is Zobek (Death has been always with Dracula). Konami just announced two new packs for this title, that should continue the history. Will be available on First quarter 2011

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