E3 2003: Preliminary Castlevania: Lament of Innocence Details
Konami of America today announced some details of the upcoming and long-awaited Castlevania title for PS2, subtitled Lament of Innocence, which is targeted for a November 2003 release.
The game is to be set back in the 11th Century and centers around Leon Belmont, the patriarch of the Belmont family. Leon is horrified to find that Sara, the woman that he is to marry, has gone missing and decides to set out on a search to find her. Leon must makes his way through a dark forest and into Castlevania-- the home of one Count Dracula-- in order to find her.
Dracula's castle is a myriad of rooms and enemies. Over 35 different enemy types lie in wait for Leon as he explores the castle, which is split into five areas: the Cathedral, the Theatre, the Garden, the Alchemist Laboratory, and the Dungeon. Armed initially with a dagger, Leon eventually meets up with an alchemist who gives him the whip-- which will go down in history as the weapon of the Belmost clan. Aside from these weapons, popular sub-weapons return, including Holy Water, Axes, Crosses, Daggers, and Crystals. Also, seven different orbs and ten action relics can be found to create powerful attacks to use against the Count's minions.
Regarding Lament of Innocence, Konami of America product manager Jason Enos said, "Building on a 17 year legacy, Castlevania(R) is reinvented on the PlayStation(R) 2 with stunning graphics, classic gameplay and an epic story. Discovering the true origins of Castlevania(R), Dracula and the Belmont Clan are stories that fans have anticipated since the beginning, and now Koji Igarashi and his talented Castelvania(R) team are going to reveal them for the first time."
Needless to say, we're plenty excited for this game's release. Look for more information on Castlevania: Lament of Innocence-- and the rest of Konami's PS2 lineup-- as we tumble headlong through our E3 coverage.