Konami Explains Why Mercury Steam Will Be Leaving The Castlevania Universe Behind

DSOGaming writes: "According to Dave Cox, head of UK Studio at Konami Digital Entertainment and Producer of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Series, both Mercury Steam and Konami want to simply move forward and explore new universes."

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Ksar1766d ago (Edited 1766d ago )

I really think it's a bad news. Mercury Steam is a great studio and they know the castlevania series more than anybody. We should do something. Fidel Castro said, "A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past".

AzureskyZ1766d ago

They know the castlevania series more they anybody? They practically butchered the storyline-- characters were subpar and music wasnt even close to those found in classics such as lol, sotn, etc. The gameplay wasnt bad-- but somewhere down the line it lost the heart and soul of what made castlevania shine. Im looking forward to IGA's return.

Aery1766d ago (Edited 1766d ago )

If people want to play the "true" castlevania, they should just skip this one and wait for the "true" castlevania.

MS created an AWESOME experience with Lord Of Shadows and I *totally* enjoyed the game without being blinded by any prejudice.

Anyway you guys don't really understand how much in trouble the Jap Devs are...

Baka-akaB1766d ago (Edited 1766d ago )

I'm in between , LoS was an awesome franchise to me , still is and will be . But let's not pretend it's better than the real castlevania one and truly close to it .

Sephiroushin1766d ago (Edited 1766d ago )

What? Seriously!
Mercury has a contract for a trilogy so they have made 3 castlevania, yeah a total of 3... Koji Igarashi A.K.A IGA; has worked on more than 15 Castlevania already so how in the World do you think they "know more" about castlevania ...

Mercury did a good job w/ LoS and hopefully LoS2 story/music/gameplay goes from good to great like it used to be; and let's not pretend Mercury "knows more"...

ifritAlkhemyst1766d ago

Don't be dense. Claiming you can know more about a game series is nonsense and it's the reason why games don't change a whole lot between sequels.

AzureskyZ1766d ago (Edited 1766d ago )

Great News!!!-- I mean mercury steam makes good games, however they did a terrible job of recreating the magic of castlevania. IGA's world of castlevania is not only the best but individual masterpieces. Lord of shadow might have decent gameplay but lost touch with the story, the characters, and the music of what made castlevania hauntingly beautiful. We need team IGA back to put castlevania back to how it was--- i say it was good effort by mercurysteam but im glad as hell they will be off the project.

@ disagrees-- apparently some of yall never even played the other castlevanias cause los doesnt even hold candle --

Baka-akaB1766d ago (Edited 1766d ago )

Imo Iga was doing an excellent job with Curse of Darkness to transition Castlevania into 3d and new stuff with the scraps he was given .

We need that kind of stuff , but with the support and funding that Team mercury received with LoS . Aniother setting , with money in 3d from IGa would be awesome ... instead of milking Symphony of the night constantly on say , 3ds or vita

Firan1766d ago (Edited 1766d ago )

"-- apparently some of yall never even played the other castlevanias cause los doesnt even hold candle --"

You mean those Medroidvanias we've seen over and over and over again? LoS was a great Castlevania game which actually tried to do something new in the series.

Don't get me wrong I love Medroidvania games especially SotN and Aria of Sorrow. Still I'd say making LoS is one of the best things to happen for the series.

I hope Castlevania will continue to try new things instead of going only for Medroidvania style.

AzureskyZ1766d ago (Edited 1766d ago )

Like i said the gameplay wasnt bad-- but the direction of the story, the art, and the music was all lost in translation. I have no problem an another developer taking foot in castlevania-- but i expect them at the very least carry on the torch of what made it great in the first place-- call it metroidvania or whatever it still standalone as the greatest in francise history-- aria and sotn is my favorite of all times-- even lol was great.

[email protected] Firan-- i have no problem of trying new things but there is a need of some level of familiarity and not reboot to a point of where it lost its soul-- samething with dmc-- ninja theory made dante a brit and emo-- the gameplay wasnt bad but somewhere it just missed what made it special in the first place.

HiddenMission1766d ago


You do realize lords of shadow 2 is a metroidvania game right...David Cox didn't like to call it that in an interview but he said part two would be a lot more in line with those types of games.

LoS is a great franchise but the combat can get repetitive with little replay value. In previous games there was a ton of reasons to go back and play through multiple times and that had a lot to do with the more open world feel and RPG weapon systems.

I personally like the art style from SotN better and I feel that if they made titles with that setting, art, characters and LoS combat then it would be a GoTY contender.

Firan1766d ago (Edited 1766d ago )

Yes I agree that LoS didn't feel Castlevania like except for Belmont, whips and a castle. But that didn't stop me from liking it.

I'm not saying LoS is better than older games. It wouldn't even get on my top 5 CV games.

They can make new Metroidvania games if they want. I do like them but as I said earlier I want them to try new things. That's why LoS felt so good when I played it.


Yes I do know. However since the game isn't out yet it's hard to say whether or not it will deliver a good Metroidvania experience. I wasn't impressed by MoF at all.

NYC_Gamer1766d ago (Edited 1766d ago )

I'm not a fan of their Castlevania games my copy of Los is still left unbeaten

Foxgod1766d ago (Edited 1766d ago )

While Mercury did a great job to make Castlevania get the mainstream attention it deserves, i am looking forward to getting Castlevania in its former settings again.

I would really love to have another Castlevania that goes back to the story of Richter and Alucard, as they are imho the icons of the series.

I also would love to see Simon and Trevor Belmont make a return in the Castlevania story's.
I would love to play a Castlevania game where you have to traverse trough Dracula's castle in two different timelines at a time.

Symphony of the night already had two castle's, a regular one, and a mirrored one, it would be cool if you can control both Simon in the past, and Richter in later times, and have their story intertwine.

I would call it Castlevania : Solace of Genealogy :)

Foxgod1766d ago (Edited 1766d ago )

And the save points could be a mirror, used as a communication device between Simon and Richter, so save points would allow the player to switch between them and solve puzzles that affect the timeline.

What are you waiting for Konami, hire me :P :P

blackstrr4111766d ago

Los is my second best hack and slash game. First is obviously ninja gaiden black. Hope they make a xbox1 remake. Like the fable anniversary thingy. Better looking graphics. Don't touch the difficulty and gameplay. I downloaded the 2D castlevania on my xbox n quite frankly I couldn't go back in time. The gameplay has aged for a new fan. Los made me love castlevania

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