The Castlevania franchise has been remarkably quiet of late. Responsible for some fantastic games during the 90’s in particular (I’m looking at you, Castlevania 3 and IV and Symphony of the Night) it had taken a turn for the worse around its middle-aged years. Some fantastic DS side scrollers and a pretty good PS3/360 game Lords of Shadow raised the quality bar for the series however, before everything went dark.
E3 could be the time for the series to rise again, like Dracula has done so many times. According to the Paul Gale network, who leaked the first PlayStation All-Stars info last year, new Castlevania games are heading to both the 3DS and PS3/360/Vita and Wii U.
The 3DS game sounds most interesting – a side scrolling follow-up to the DS games, Mirror of Fate as it is supposedly called uses the cameras on both sides of the 3DS for some very interesting gameplay purposes. The 3D effect should also work well to add depth to each scene, in a similar way to the forthcoming Mickey Mouse game.
The console title is apparently Lords of Shadow 2 and the Wii U version will be an upgraded port of the current gen games, including some connectivity with the 3DS game. The Vita version of the title will presumably also be a straight port and it isn’t known whether this will also interact with the PS3 version. A ground-up Wii U Castlevania game is also allegedly under consideration.
Good news all-round then if its true, but it seems the games will be playable at E3 if they do in fact exist. The handheld rumors pose an interesting question though – would you prefer a straight port of a console game playable on the go like the Vita game, or something completely different that interacts with the console title like Mirror of Fate on 3DS? Both have their advantages, but as I have commented before, I can’t see many gamers forking out twice for the same game unless some incentive is introduced.
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