New Castlevania Announced… for iOS
It’s been almost four years since the last Castlevania game came out, Lords of Shadow 2. In general, that statistic rings true for most of Konami’s properties, as many of them have been sitting dormant since 2015’s massive Konami dumpster fire (which led to the departure of Hideo Kojima, the cancellation of his planned Silent Hill game, rumors of horrible working conditions, and the start of many fans calling it quits on the company), which has only seen the release of a handful of titles. While Castlevania had been living on through an anime series on Netflix (as well as a “erotic horror” pachi-slot series) it seemed like it might be dead. Konami had made some vague commitments towards keeping up their series’ legacy, and it looks like they’re holding true… to exactly what people had assumed that meant.
Castlevania: Grimoire of Shadow was announced today, and it’s a 4-player co-op iOS game. The game does actually look pretty slick, with the handful of screenshots showing off a very classic looking Castlevania game. We have our pick of characters from throughout the series’ history, as the art showcases characters from nearly every era of 2D Castlevania (I spy several DS characters). The major draw is the co-op, and while by no means a new feature to the series, it should be fun at least. According to the announcement on their official website, the story is set in a future where Dracula has been completely destroyed… but there’s a good chance he could be resurrected. Again. I see why ol’ Drac was so fatigued by the idea in Symphony of the Night‘s iconic opening.
Either way, there’s a new Castlevania game coming, so we’ll try to keep our hopes high? Being a mobile game doesn’t inherently make it bad, but it still probably isn’t what many fans of one of gaming’s oldest franchises wanted next. There’s no release date yet, and as of yet no news regarding micro-transactions (something that became a pretty huge issue for Konami’s previous game, Metal Gear Survive), so fingers crossed I guess. We’ll keep you updated.