Konami will be rebooting their popular Castlevania franchise with a new title that brings Castlevania into a whole new light. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is leaving its 2D side scrolling roots and staking a claim in the world of full 3D adventure games.
This game will be seperate from the previous Castlevania titles, setting up an all new storyline set in Southern Europe during the middle ages. This is the official word of the new story so far:
"Castlevania: Lords of Shadow takes place at the end of days. The Earth's alliance with the Heavens has been threatened by a dark and malevolent force - the mysterious Lords of Shadow - darkness reigns the world. Across this shattered land, the souls of the dead wander unable to find peace, whilst creatures of evil roam free wreaking chaos and death upon the living.
Gabriel is a member of the Brotherhood of Light, an elite group of holy knights who protect and defend the innocent against the supernatural. His beloved wife was brutally murdered by the evil forces of darkness and her soul trapped for eternity. Neither living nor dead she realizes the horrific truth of what is at stake and guides Gabriel to his destiny - and hopefully salvation for the world... but at what cost? Thus, Gabriel must travel the destroyed world, defeating the evil tyrants in order to use their powers to bring balance back to the world. Armed with the versatile Combat Cross - the world's last hope must encounter the three factions of the Lords of Shadow and end their unholy rule.
Players will take control of Gabriel Belmont as he seeks the three pieces of an artifact called the God Mask. Gabriel has at his disposal the Combat Cross, a pyrokinetic chain whip that can be used for both short and long range attacks. It can also be used to interact with the environment such as being used to swing across large gaps. The player will also have access to an entire inventory of items such as stakes and knifes as well as items to increase health and boost abilities.
Along the way, Gabriel will receive aid from the mysterious Zobek who is voiced by none other than Sir Patrick Stewart (who acts as narrator of the trailer and possibly the game itself) .
If the trailer is any indication of how the final product will play, combat looks very similar to other adventure/combat games released lately such as God of War and Darksiders while the boss battles appear to mix in the grand scale bosses of Shadow of the Colossus.
This is a drastic change from what Castlevania fans are used to but before anyone gets too worried or jumps ship now, they should remember that Konami has a history of delivering fun and successful games. Something else to take into consideration as well is that Hideo Kojima, writer, producer, and director of almost the entire Metal Gear Solid franchise is on board acting as an advisor to help guide the franchise in this new direction.
The only thing we can do now is wait and see but so far the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow looks promising. Stay tuned for any new information as it's released.
If you're interested, Local Gamestops are already taking pre-orders.
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