Weeks ago, Konami announced a new Castlevania game for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 titled Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. The big news is that it’s a “reboot” of the series, has big stars like Patrick Stewart doing voice work, and is being co-developed by Hideo Kojima’s studio at Konami. Some people were really going bonkers at this news but I feel pretty ho-hum about it.
For one thing, Kojima’s team is basically only good at making Metal Gear games. Their other efforts of the past decade have been just okay, according to critics/reputation. Second the other half of the co-development team is a studio called MercuryStream, who so far have only made pieces of shit, namely American McGee’s Scrapland and Clive Barker’s Jericho.
I suspect this will just be a God of War wannabe just like the PS2 Castlevanias were Devil May Cry wannabes. I’ve been thinking that it was time for a change in the Castlevania series for awhile now but this is probably not the way to go. A dude named Koji Igarashi and his team have basically been in charge of the series for the last 7 years, producing 6 great handheld titles and 3 mediocre console titles. The problem with the handheld titles is that they kept following the ‘Metroidvania’ format without fail – a design that can become overly familiar after awhile.
I’ll reserve judgment until 2010 but I’m not getting my hopes up!