Netflix is bringing Konami's spooky Castlevania series to TV.
Season one launches this year, with a second season already locked in for 2018, according to producer Adi Shankar.
If that name sounds familiar, Shankar's work includes the R-rated Dredd, Machine Gun Preacher and The Grey.
The co-creator of the SAW series, James Wan, has signed up to direct a film based on the Castlevania games.
When I think Castlevania, I think of exploring a big nasty castle, gradually piercing its stony armour by uncovering hidden treats and upgrades through the slaying of nasty undead skeleton warriors and bats and, well, plants; I think of platforms, puzzles, and a bit of RPG-style item-management to keep the Donkey Kongs at bay.
Within about an hour of plopping Castlevania: Curse of Darkness in the PS2 then, I went outside (ho noes the sun my lovely vampiric skin oh wait it's February phew etc.) and bought Castlevania: Lament of Innocence, the last 3D Castlevania effort, and of course then it dawned on me. When the men and women of Konami think Castlevania, they think of a big, boring long train of the ungrateful dead blocking doorways; they think of skeletons, and then more skeletons, and mashing of the square button to make skeletons vanish. With some RPG bits to keep Dante at bay.
So then, cast aside any lingering expectation that this will be like a 2D Castlevania. Once again it's all very combat-focused. You play as Hector, an annoyingly earnest young silver-haired individual who once betrayed Dracula and now finds himself gunning after a former lieutenant, Isaac, and killing everything that stands between the two of them. It's worth noting his erstwhile relationship with super-vamp because it helps explain his key ability: he is a Devil Forgemaster, which basically means he can make sexy swords and axes and take control of "Innocent Devils" (aka "demon buddies") while he goes around clobbering skeletons and annoying fat trolls with flaming arrows.
Importing types take note: Konami's said that Castlevania: Curse of Darkness will be released on PS2 and Xbox on November 1st in the USA.