A new Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 video shines a bit of bright light on a very dark city. The MercurySteam developer diary gives us a look at how the upcoming sequel will fuse the Gothic sensibilities of a Castlevania game with its speculative, modern-day setting.
Dracula's still angry. A new Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 trailer puts his rage on display and hints at a few of the likely showdowns set to take place in the sequel's mashup of a modern city and an ancient Gothic castle. This being Dracula, the new footage certainly deals with blood, but it's the blood that binds family that's the issue here, as we see what's become of Gabriel Belmont's son Alucard.
As with the previous Lords of Shadow - which you probably haven't played yet - the God of War-esque combat in its Feb 2014 sequel might look button-mashy, it appears to be anything but. If this mid-level boss fight is any indication, you'll need to master another (fairly tricky) combat system, which sees you constantly switching between various states. In the first game it was Light and Shadow magic; here it seems to revolve around the Void Sword, which lets you steal health from the enemy when charged up. As someone who didn't really get on with the combat in the DmC reboot, I think this looks rather exciting. See if you agree after the break.
February 28th. Mark it in your calendar with a big bloody X, because that's the day that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is hitting the PC. It's a little later than I was expecting, but considering the original is still a week away from existing on desktops, I suppose it's a wait we can endure. To celebrate the occasion of a number being decided on, Konami and MercurySteam clubbed together to create some new screenshots - because everything is expressed in screenshot form now. See some in all their gothic splendor below.
Konami are resurrecting their Castlevania reboot, Lords of Shadow, in the hope of creating a PC version. But what's this? It's come back... different. It's now Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Ultimate Edition, which if nothing else, has the correct amount of punctuation for a proper PC game. Not that it's been dramatically altered from its console outing back in 2010.
Steamdatabasemancy is a word referring to fine art of gazing into the Steam database, to try and foretell the future of PC gaming. As with looking into a cup of tea or playing the stock market, it's an art that disappoints as often as it... appoints, with right-on leaks like Brutal Legend and Dyad just about making up for misleading Halo 3 entries. So you should probably take the addition of the original Castlevania: Lords of Shadow with a pinch of salt (and maybe a couple of cloves of garlic), despite how legit its entry seems.
Speaking at Gamescom, Konami have confirmed that Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2 will be coming to PC. It's being developed by the same folks building the console game, Mercury Steam.
"This new game tells a much broader tale and one that spans centuries," said producer, David Cox. "It is a game that pushes whatever format it is on to the absolute limit, and we are delighted that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2's rich blend of first-class fighting, deep exploration and rich storytelling are set to delight and enthrall PC users, too.