Castlevania is one of those franchises that goes down as classic. At least one Castlevania game graces a best of game list of one kind or another (either Super Castlevania 4 or Symphony of the Night heralded as one of the best). It’s so popular, Netflix picked up the rights for an animated series (which featured amazing voice acting and a terrible animation style), and it’s even getting a second season. It seems we aren’t done with Castlevania. Announced by Konami today, the newest member of the family is called Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls.
But, before you get your hopes up, it’s coming to iOs. Cue the disappointed faces, myself included. According to Polygon, Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls will be a multiplayer game with real-time cooperation and the ability to play some of Castlevania’s favorite protagonists, like Simon Belmont and Alucard. There will also be new faces like government agent Genya Arikado and researcher Lucy.
There will be a four player boss rush mode as well as a 4v4 head to head multiplayer mode. To be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about this entry. While I’m not expert in the ways of Castlevania, I do know they haven’t had that much luck with sequels after Symphony of the Night. It’s not the first multi-player Castlevania that Konami has attempted, either. Konami tried it with the Xbox live installment Castlevania: Harmony of Despair.
I’m not going to poo poo on Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls before it’s even released, and I am willing to even give the game the benefit of the doubt, but maybe Symphony of the Night just spoiled me as a player with its easy controls, elaborate environments and one of the best soundtracks of any video game EVER.
For those of you that haven’t played Castlevania before, it is an action-adventure series with lovely Gothic vampire themes. Its first release was way back in 1986 for the Japanese Family Computer Disk System. The game was eventually made into a cartridge for the NES and the gaming company have been releasing games up until 2017. Bouncing between awesome installations and installations we wish never happened, Castlevania is just one of those franchises that has stuck around. The majority of the games are side-scrolling platformers with a mix of linear and non-linear exploration.
While there is no set release date yet for Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls, if you are in Japan, you can be a part of the close beta testing. So, if you ARE in Japan, you can sign up here. What is your favorite game in the series? Let us know in the comments!