Lots of Castlevania news dropping today. First on the docket is the revelation that the next main game in the series, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, has been slated for a 2013 release, and will be hitting a platform that the Castlevania franchise has actually never been on.
Konami has released a press release (below) about the announcement of a PC version that shows the 2013 release window.
More interesting is the announcement itself, that the game will ship day and date on the PC as well as consoles, marking the first time that the series has appeared on the PC.
You can get into the nitty-gritty details with the press release below, but we’ve given you the cliffnotes.
Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH has announced that it will release a Windows PC version of its stunning Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 alongside the versions for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
The Windows PC version of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is being simultaneously developed by Madrid-based Mercury Steam, and builds on its critically acclaimed predecessor in every way. The new game features an all-new storyline, a larger cast of characters, huge open world environments and breath-taking visuals delivered via a much more powerful, brand new in house game engine called Mercury Engine 2.
Whereas the first game detailed the origin of Dracula and his legendary connection with the Belmonts, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, acts as a shocking finale to the Lords of Shadow saga, as Dracula returns once again; weakened and yearning for release from his immortal bonds. Facing a new and powerful threat, the vampire lord must amass his old powers – and his castle is central to regaining his abilities.
“Castlevania: Lords of Shadow successfully rebooted the franchise but now we want to go further and exceed people’s expectations on what to expect from the sequel,” commented Dave Cox, Producer of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 and Head of Product Planning and Development for Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH. “This new game tells a much broader tale and one that spans centuries. 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. There’s a darkness coming and with our new game engine, we hope to deliver something truly special across multipleformats that will set new standards for action games …”
Release Date: 2013
Formats: PlayStation®3, Xbox 360®, Windows PC
Studio: Mercury Steam