How 'Lords of Shadow' Almost Saved the Struggling 'Castlevania' Franchise

It’s Castlevania‘s 30th anniversary this week, and it’s kind of too bad. Much like the Metroid anniversary that recently passed, there’s not a whole lot to celebrate in relation to the once proud series. Like several of Konami’s other big names, with both Silent Hill and Metal Gear Solid among them, the Castlevania series is in a bit of a shambles really, much like the castle for which it was named.

However, there was a time, not so long ago, when this series was almost saved from the cold clutches of darkness. Konami took a long hard look at the series, with its middling sales and stagnant gameplay, and decided to start fresh with a total reboot.

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