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MercurySteam Not Developing Next Castlevania

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will be the studio's swan song on the series.

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Konami has already revealed that Lords of Shadow 2 will end the story of Gabriel Belmont, but what's next for the Castlevania series? In a roundtable interview at San Diego Comic-Con, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 producer Dave Cox said that the latest title will be MercurySteam's last. According to Cox, the Spanish-studio has nothing left to say about the eternal war between the Belmonts and supernatural evil.

"We have to really plan differently and do things differently. And we've made mistakes on this one, as well, which we're going to hopefully improve for the next one," Cox said in the roundtable, as reported by GameSpot UK. "I think it's a learning process and I think game developers are learning every day how to do things better."

"I think if you've got something to say, you should just say it, and when you're done, just shut up. And we've got something to say. And once it's out thereā€¦I think it's time for somebody else; somebody younger, a younger producer to come in and take up the mantle and do what they think would be right for Castlevania and for us to move on to something else."

MercurySteam already has its sights on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, according to a GameSpot report in June. At SDCC, Cox gave a possible hint as to which series the developer may work on.

"It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Contra and I'd like to do something in that universe," Cox teased.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is coming from PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC this winter.

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  • Avatar for davidbabb52 #1 davidbabb52 3 years ago
    With any luck, Konami will give up on the LoS games and return to the Castlevania 2D titles of the past.
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  • Avatar for Godots17thCup #2 Godots17thCup 3 years ago
    After this, I would love to see a return to SotN-style Castlevania. I simply couldn't get enough of the GBA/DS games.

    Even a throwback to the gameplay of 8-bit/16-bit era Castlevania would be pretty cool.Edited 2 times. Last edited July 2013 by Godots17thCup
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  • Avatar for jeremy.parish #3 jeremy.parish 3 years ago
    I wonder if it's even possible for Castlevania to remain relevant without cannibalizing itself or imitating some other franchise? It would be nice, but....
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  • Avatar for Kadrom #4 Kadrom 3 years ago
    I would be okay with them imitating Dark Souls if they imitated it well.
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  • Avatar for internisus #5 internisus 3 years ago
    Good. I am not a fan of Lords of Shadow. Let's have someone else give Castlevania a try.
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  • Avatar for Pacario #6 Pacario 3 years ago
    @jeremy.parish Indeed, I actually thought MercurySteam did as much as could be expected to reinvigorate the franchise, despite the mixed results.

    Like Mega Man, there may not be much more to do (or say) other than to simply return the franchise back to its roots.Edited 2 times. Last edited July 2013 by Pacario
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  • Avatar for Hubertron #7 Hubertron 3 years ago
    @jeremy.parish I think you get to the core of the problem. No matter how much I like the metroidvania games, I think to a certain degree they did the franchise a disservice of taking over another series style drastically. What really is it that makes castlevaia castlevania? Next up castlevania as a first person adventure ala metroid prime.
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  • Avatar for manoffeeling #8 manoffeeling 3 years ago
    Like most people who care about Castlevania, I wanna see a return to 2D, SotN style-Castlevania. There just aren't that many games produced in that style, and if it's just more of the same, so what? But I think there's lots to explore in that world, and even subtle tweaks to the gameplay can make the whole thing seem fresh.
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  • Avatar for Yossy #9 Yossy 3 years ago
    Castlevania needs to return to its real self, and that is absolutely not Metroidvania. There are way too many of that "style" already. If it's going back to 2D, please return to the pure action that the best games in the series sported.
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  • Avatar for Sturat #10 Sturat 3 years ago
    I really hope Konami doesn't let Mercury Steam touch Contra or any other classic franchises.
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  • Well if they go back to a cartoonish CV again then I won't support it like all the handheld SOTN clone that came out. After SOTN became a big hit they just keep rinse repeat that freaking metroidvania style. I even barely see a belmont in a CV game anymore. SO kids Goodluck with your CV 2d game. You guys are just a milking cow for IGA, and have fun playing same game that you played when SOTN came out.Edited January 2014 by nikosantostolentino5
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  • Avatar for hassamkhatri01 #12 hassamkhatri01 5 months ago
    I will Happy if Castlevania remain relevant without cannibalizing itself or Follow some other license? It would be Great, but....
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