E3 09; Castlevania: Lords of Shadow details plus screenshots
By now we hope you’ve checked out the Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker video with its intriguing bridging story between Snake Eater and Guns of the Patriots and the startling appearance of multiple Snakes.
Well, we’re beginning to think Konami may be tinkering with some cloning technology of their own with the announcement that the ubiquitous Kojima-san, not content with producing one MGS game (the Raiden heavy Rising) and directing another, the aforementioned PSP bound Peace Walker, he’s also involved with upcoming Castlevania re-imagining: Lords of Shadow.
Originally showcased back in 2008 as simply “Lords of Shadow”, Konami have decided to inject some brand recognition into the title and tie it to the much loved Castlevania franchise. If you’re not familiar with the property, Castlevania has spanned across gaming generations and multiple platforms and features, usually, vampires and their nemesis – vampire hunters.
Developed by Spanish development house Mercury Steam, the designers have created a wonderful tale around the End of Days, some supernatural forces and a symbol of hope and protection in the form of Gabriel, a knight in the Brotherhood of Light charged with defending innocent people scourged by the dark forces spawned by the Lords of Shadow.
Gabriel will carry the Combat Cross – a versatile and powerful weapon that’s kind of like a whip – in his quest to defeat three factions of the Lords of Shadow and ultimately return light and hope to the world. At a cost …
The game will also have some exceptional voice talent on board with hero Gabriel voiced by Scottish actor Robert Carlyle and Patrick Stewart as the mysterious Zobek. Natasha McElhone (Californication) and Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter) also feature.
We’ve known for some time that Kojima-san and co. have been interested in getting their hands dirty on Western methods of game design. By working closely and collaborating with Mercury Steam in the creation of this new Castlevania outing, we can only imagine that the Kojima-san led illustrious Japanese team will add yet more arrows to their creativity quiver. In return, we expect Mercury Steam are overjoyed with having such a renown talent connected with the game.
There’s little hero worship going on here though and it’s interesting to note just how highly Kojima Productions rate the Spanish group. This can be seen from the following statement by Ken Imaizumi, Senior Producer at the Japanese studio:
â€œ[We] had learned the differences of western development teams and Japanese studios. Mercury Steam is definitely one of the most talented studios in the world. We quickly agreed that we should work together and exchange ideas and knowhow across the board. We have full trust that the next generation Castlevania experience will deliver a high quality intense experience worthy of the Kojima Productions name and we are proud that this title will mark a new global direction for Konami as a company dedicated to breaking new ground in digital entertainment.â€
With a hot new team, Kojima Production’s influence and the Castlevania moniker, we could be looking at a truly monumental game when it finally emerges from the shadows next year. One to keep a keen eye out for we hope you’ll agree.
Check out some early screens below.