Castlevania Dev: New Contra Can't Just Be A Generic Shooter
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow developer Mercury Steam has hinted at the idea of making a new Contra. But producer Dave Cox says it would have to be really special.
During a new Siliconera interview, Cox said his team would tackle a fresh take on the iconic franchise, provided they can give us something that isn't just plain ol' generic:
"You can't just bring out a generic shooter. You have to have a new idea. I think if we had a new idea and we could combine [it] with the universe of Contra, that would be special. Yeah, watch this space."
Cox added that no developer has done anything new with the series in a long time. He said that developers were just "doing their slant of something that has happened before." But as Mercury Steam reinvented Castlevania, they'd want to do the same thing for Contra. He wants to bring the franchise to the mainstream; it shouldn't just be for the hardcore:
"We are hardcore gamers, we played those games, but there are a lot of people that don’t know what Contra is. They have no idea. There is a massive audience out there; they play Call of Duty and love those games, but they don't know what Contra is. I think if we were going to reintroduce something to that audience, it has to be new and unique. It's got to stand out. It's got to have a new idea, something really cool about it that's never been done before."
Well, that's all true. There is indeed a massive audience out there who loves shooters, and a large portion of that audience has never played a Contra game. The question is whether or not that name carries any commercial cache anymore, and whether or not Mercury Steam would make a FPS or TPS... That makes a very big difference, yes?
8/13/2013 10:12:17 AM Ben Dutka