Fans have been begging Japanese developer Konami to do something with its iconic Castlevania series, and it turns out the company is well aware of this. Following indie game Dead Cells’ Return to Castlevania DLC, Konami might actually be planning to create a new game.
Speaking with IGN, Konami assistant producer Tsutomu Taniguchi said the buzz around the company’s IP has been “really motivating for Konami.” Interestingly, Taniguchi admits that “the fans want more,” which is why they jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with Dead Cells. It’s not the same as making a new game on modern platforms but the company is taking baby steps to be better, we suppose.
"But we know that our fans always want more, and we do too, so this opportunity to have this amazing crossover with Dead Cells was impossible to pass up on,” Taniguchi said.
One would think that the success of Netflix’s Castlevania anime would have led to a new game by now but that still hasn’t happened. While we did get some great collections in Castlevania Anniversary Collection and Castlevania Advance Collection, it’s clear that fans want more. We’d also take porting Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood to other platforms.
Until recently, Konami has mostly been content with making pachinko machines off of their most valuable IP. Everything from Metal Gear Solid to Castlevania has had a pachinko machine, making gamblers happy and gamers sick to their stomach.
However, things have been turning around lately. Aside from the aforementioned Castlevania collections, we also had some good arcade and Contra compilations. JRPG fans are also looking forward to the HD remasters of Suikoden I and II on modern platforms, which should be a treat.
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For now, fans that want some classic Castlevania action should purchase the Anniversary and Advance collections on their platform of choice. PlayStation 4 and 5 owners have those games, in addition to the solid Requiem collection that has Symphony of the Night and Rondo of Blood. Of course, Dead Cells is great too, as is the Return to Castlevania DLC, which are readily available.
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