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Castlevania: Mirror of Fate lurks in development until "early 2013"

Dracula needs his beauty rest, apparently.

2.5D 3DS exclusive Castlevania: Mirror of Fate has been pushed back into "early 2013," Konami has announced.

"It's been two years since the enormous success of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, and with this next installment, we want to take the necessary time needed to give fans a handheld title unlike any other," said producer Dave Cox.

"Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate will bridge the storyline to Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, also planned to release in 2013." Don't expect this anytime soon though as I was told by Konami that it was at least 18 months away at E3 last June where it failed to appear as more than a pre-rendered teaser trailer. This suggests a December 2013 release at the earliest.

Developed by Lords of Shadow creators Mercury Steam, Mirror of Fate is set 25 years after the event of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and will follow Gabriel Belmont's descendants, Simon and Trevor, "as they battle their own destiny only to discover their true, shocking fate."

Read more about it in our E3 preview.