Netflix's animated Castlevania adaptation will get a second season.
Lords of Shadow 2 will be Spanish dev's final Castlevania game.
Dave Cox reflects on the ups and downs of making Lords of Shadow.
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Netflix's animated Castlevania series has revealed its voice-cast and it's a good one.
UPDATE 25/05/2017 4.20pm: Netflix's Castlevania series will launch on 7th July in the UK as well, the streaming service confirmed.
ORIGINAL STORY 25/05/2017 1.02am: Netflix's animated Castlevania series will debut on 7th July, at least in the US and Latin America, and the streaming video company has released its first trailer for the show.
We're still awaiting official confirmation for a UK release date, but hopefully it won't be far behind its North American Netflix brethren.
Castlevania turned 30 overnight.
In October 2010, a little-known Spanish developer, backed by a veteran Konami employee finally given his shot at the bigtime, released a reboot of one of the most beloved Japanese-created games of all time. Despite concern among the franchise's most ardent fans, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow launched to critical and commercial acclaim. The overlords at Konami were pleased.
Pre-order the digital version of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 on PlayStation 3 and you'll get a free download of Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate HD.
UPDATE: Konami has teased a PC version of Mirror of Fate HD.
After this morning's announcement of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collection, due out on PS3 and Xbox 360, producer Dave Cox tweeted an image of Mirror of Fate HD running on a laptop alongside: "No comment :)"
ORIGINAL STORY: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collection launches on 8th November 2013 for £30, Konami has announced.
This year's 3DS Castlevania adventure Mirror of Fate is slated for an HD treatment on PS3 and Xbox 360 in October, according to a leaked retailer listing for a Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collection.
Trust those Steam registries: Konami has confirmed 2010 action game Castlevania: Lords of Shadow will indeed release on PC.
The Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Ultimate Edition comes out on PC in August, the publisher announced, as a physical and digital product. The digital version will be released across Europe via Steam on 27th August, and the boxed product will be released a few days later on the 30th.
The PC edition includes the full game, developed by Spanish studio MercurySteam, and the two add-on chapters, Reverie and Resurrection. Trophy integration is offered through Steam, with Cloud saving, and of course you'll be able to run the game at 60 frames per second in 1080p.
Castlevania's howlingly-good 2010 reboot Lords of Shadow has been spotted lurking within the Steam registry, suggesting a PC release may be imminent.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is Spanish developer Mercury Steam's final Castlevania game.
The Castlevania: Lords of Shadow DLC add-ons Reverie and Resurrection were "a mistake", developer MercurySteam has now admitted.
The first images of the 3DS' Castlavania: Mirror of Fate have been revealed.
What appears to be the first piece of art from Konami's rumoured Castlevania: Lords of Shadow sequel has found its way onto the web.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will launch on Wii U, PlayStation 3, Vita and Xbox 360, according to a new report.
Paul Gale, he who first reported on PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, also offered more information on the leaked Nintendo 3DS game Castlevania: Mirror of Fate.
Mirror of Fate is a 2D Castlevania game that has been in development for a year-and-a-half, and features two playable characters and co-op play. It uses the 3DS' forward-facing camera as a mirror and the outward facing camera for puzzle solving.
A new Castlevania game for 3DS, subtitled Mirror of Faith, is to be revealed at E3, according to Dutch site N1ntendo.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow developer MercurySteam has recounted the lessons learnt from making the Konami-published action game, and promised: "the following game will be better."
Japanese publisher Konami has praised PES 2011, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and Castlevania Lords of Shadow for selling well over the last year.
In its report for the financial year ending 31st March, Konami said it enjoyed "solid" sales of video games with contributions from PES 2011, PlayStation Portable game Peace Walker and action game Castlevania Lords of Shadow.
PES 2011 launched in October 2010 to improved review scores. Eurogamer's PES 2011 review turned up a 7/10.
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The first downloadable content for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow launches on 30th March, Konami has announced.
The Reverie DLC pack will set you back £6.39 / €7.99 from the PlayStation Store or 800 Microsoft Points (£6.85) from Xbox Live Marketplace.
Reverie is the first of two planned DLC packs for the 8/10 action game. It sees players return to the castle setting from the end of Lords of Shadow, where Gabriel seeks to assist the recently slain vampire Queen's handmaiden.
The Reverie add-on for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow has been pushed back from February to March.
First screens of Reverie revealed.
Konami has extended the life of superb action game Castlevania: Lords of Shadow with two new downloadable add-ons set for launch early next year.
After nearly two months on sale, the PlayStation 3 version of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow has been patched to work, fingers crossed, properly.
Save game issues relating to PS3 pad interference, Konami said, are a thing of the past. Konami has also added scrolling text to loading screens.
Details of an Xbox 360 patch will be forthcoming.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow has shipped a million copies in the US and Europe, publisher Konami has revealed.
Dave Cox is tired. He's spent the last two and a half years flying back and forth from Spain to the US to Japan making Castlevania: Lords of Shadow the best game it could possibly be. Now, with the game out, a top ten UK all-formats chart entry under its belt, and positive reviews to savour, it all seems worthwhile.
Fans of cult side-scrolling shoot-em-up Contra and the recently released reboot of Castlevania were given a boost today after Lords of Shadow producer Dave Cox teased that he's already tried to convince Konami to green light a 3D Contra game.
Konami has assured disgruntled owners of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow on PS3 that a patch to fix a worrying problem is "incoming".
Some users reported being prompted with a message telling them, "Save file corrupt, will now overwrite, press X to continue," according to Joystiq.
In response, Konami tweeted: "Fear not, Vampire Killers. A patch for the PS3 save issue affecting Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is incoming. We'll update on availability."
There's going to be a sequel to Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, and Spanish developer MercurySteam has apparently already begun work on it.
Oscar Araujo, composer of the game's soundtrack, jovially broke the news to Spanish radio. He said, "If you liked the first [game], hope that the second is even more spectacular," Eurogamer Spain reported.
It was common knowledge that Konami had developer MercurySteam at work on a new game, but until now only speculation pointed to a Castlevania sequel.
FIFA 11 has spent a second week at the top of the UK all-formats chart. Rival football game Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 had to settle for a debut in second.
UPDATE 2: GAME's changed its mind and confirmed the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collector's Edition will be released in the UK, but after the standard edition.
Konami is launching a Facebook application to tie-in with PS3 and Xbox 360 title Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.
Performance analysis of like-for-like scenes on PS3/360.
An Xbox 360 demo for MercurySteam's excellent action game Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is available to download now.
Lords of Shadow's opening.
The first thing you should understand about the new Castlevania is that it's possibly not the Castlevania you were expecting. While Konami's latest offers plenty of Gothic crenulations and whip-centric combat as yet another Belmont faces off against a wave of Halloween nasties, it sidesteps, to a large extent, the architectural complexity and wily level design that has helped define the series.
You'll still be unlocking new skills to open what amounts to a variety of different doors, engaging in a little light puzzling, and picking your way through environments that grow gradually more elaborate as you head deeper into the adventure. But MercurySteam, the series' current custodian, has shifted the emphasis away from the detailed non-linear exploration of a single location in order to embrace an action adventure with a broader, but more straightforward, approach.
The second thing you should understand, however, is that this isn't necessarily as bad as you might fear. Stripping away much of the intricacy – the levels folded in on themselves, the poring over the mini-map as you hunt for promising gaps – sounds like heresy, but it feels, more often than not, like smart pragmatism. This is a series that has always struggled whenever it has headed away from a 2D plane, and while you can curse the developers for lacking the ambition to truly get the old formula to work in three dimensions, you can't really fault the adventure they've offered up instead. As reboots go, this is smart, pretty, and generous.
PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to download the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow demo today - a week before everyone else, the European PlayStation blog announced.
Lords of Shadow is Konami's new 3D take on the Castlevania IP. Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima is consulting on the project.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow will also be playable at the Eurogamer Expo 2010, which takes place in London from 1st to 3rd October.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow has to be something rather special to really spark excitement, and not just because I had to get up at 8am on a Monday in order play it for this preview. Previous Castlevanias Judgement and Harmony of Despair have both left everyone justifiably wary of the words 'series reboot'. Perhaps only the words 'family-friendly remake' could be more dispiriting.
Update: Konami has confirmed to Eurogamer that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow will be released on 8th October in the UK.
Sales of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker have "progressed steadily" after the game received "favourable reviews", according to Konami.
Hideo Kojima's PSP game helped Konami boost net income for the three months ended 30th June to 1.27 billion yen. That's an increase of 245 per cent on the same period last year.
The company pointed out that "[MGS: Peace Walker] became the first PSP title to receive a perfect score of 40 points in an industry magazine's cross review". That's Famitsu, in case you're wondering. Eurogamer also liked the game.
Konami is bringing three big-budget blockbusters to the Eurogamer Expo 2010: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Def Jam Rapstar and SAW II: Flesh & Blood. And they'll be playable - all three before their UK release.
Konami has told Eurogamer that no date has been set for glamorous new PS3 and 360 game Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.
And it's a bigger castle than yours.
"Lone warrior battles supernatural creatures with a whip." As high concepts go, that's a pretty straightforward one - and a familiar one to anybody who's played a Castlevania game before. Konami's much-loved action-adventure series has been going for almost 25 years, and is now set to continue with PS3 and Xbox 360 title Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.
The next Castlevania game is so different from previous instalments in the series it almost wasn't called Castlevania at all.
The co-creator of the SAW series, James Wan, has signed up to direct a film based on the Castlevania games.
Lords and lords of shadow, in fact.
At Konami's E3 press conference today, Hideo Kojima unveiled Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, a 3D Castlevania action game for PS3 and Xbox 360, due for release in 2010.
Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima may be working on Castlevania: Lords of Shadow for Konami.