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Mercury Steam Already Working On Castlevania Sequel

Well, that was quick. Not that we're going to complain.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is a solid game and certainly the best 3D incarnation of the legendary franchise. If you're enjoying your time with the game, you'll be happy to know that developer Mercury Steam is already cranking on a sequel. According to Eurogamer, Oscar Araujo (composer for the LoS soundtrack) apparently broke the news on a Spanish radio station. "If you liked the first [game], hope that the second is even more spectacular," he said. We knew Konami had the team working on a new project but we weren't sure what it was; it now appears to be a follow-up to Lords of Shadow, and that's a good thing. Interestingly enough, Araujo said Konami had asked for a more "rough and aggressive" musical score to accompany LoS. It seems they wanted to erase Castlevania's "effeminate image."

Well, we're not sure if CV was ever "effeminate" but we sort of get where the publisher is coming from. Anyway, we'll certainly have to be on the lookout for early news concerning a sequel.

Related Game(s): Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Tags: castlevania lords of shadow, castlevania sequel, konami

10/11/2010 10:23:18 AM Ben Dutka

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piratedrunk
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 10:40:44 AM
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This is great news. I have been really enjoying LoS it has been one of my top games this gen.

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Temjin001
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 10:40:51 AM
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That's good news, I think Mercury Steam is on the right track. And I guess Konami is pretty confident that the first game will have strong sales.

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Shams
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 1:03:43 PM

While playing through the game, i often find myself thinking the only way they could make this game so large, yet so jam-packed and evenly paced was if they weren't planning on a sequel, and that they were working on it for like the past 5 years, and everything they thought of, they managed to fit in. And when you find references of games from this year in it, you realize that Mercury Steam was working up until the last minute. To hear that they are already working on the sequel is mind blowing.

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Jawknee
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 1:22:48 PM

I was at Walmart yesterday. Castlvania was completely sold out while Enslaved seemed over stocked. Seems people are opting for Castlevania.

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Frenchy17
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 5:38:43 PM

I am currently playing both Jawknee and I think Castlevania is an overall better game. Both are great titles, but there is much more variety to Castlevania.

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maxpontiac
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 10:40:53 AM
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Game looks good and all, but Kratos and God of War is where I go in this genre.

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Shams
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 1:45:09 PM

Please, don't go by the demo (it is misleading and not at all representative of what you will see even in the first few stages, while even the first few stages aren't even representative of what you will see a couple chapters in). This isn't merely a knock-off of GOW.

It has strong elements from 2008's Prince of Persia. It has obvious moments from Shadow of the Colossus. It has clear influences from Uncharted, and Demon's Souls, and vertigo-inducing moments ala Assassin's Creed and inFamous.

And everything it borrows, it finely tunes and evolves. Every stage, as many as they are, has a unique atmosphere and theme to it. One would think the game would just be very derivative and uninspired. But actually, although the story does start off a little slow, it does pickup a couple of chapters in. And though i haven't finished the game yet, from what i've heard from a couple of sources is that it ends with one of the best endings in this generation (if not the best). And while the gameplay, graphics and sound use heavy references from the previously mentioned games, they are cohesively woven in (without being out-of-place, awkwardly smörgåsbord-like, chimeran, or patchwork rug-like), while adding style and character of it's own.

And as far as replayability is concerned, I beat GOW3 on Titan Mode over playing on and off for 3 days after release date. I platinumed it the weekend thereafter. I have been playing Lords of Shadow for the past week on Warrior Settings (Medium), and i'm only on chapter 8 (there are 12 chapters with anywhere between 2 to as much as a dozen stages each chapter), and i haven't even gone back to previous stages to unlock areas, attain powers, items, and beat trials.

I can't praise this game enough.

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Jawknee
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 1:48:15 PM

You should write a user review.

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maxpontiac
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 2:07:21 PM

Thanks for the write up. I too agree with Jawknee, and you should do a user review.

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Shams
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 3:04:57 PM

Will do. I forgot to mention DMC4 as an obvious influence. Also, there's an area that makes an obvious nod to Portal. And then there's even a puzzle in it that takes place over a chess board like a turn-based SRPG where you take turns to move pieces that have different kinds of attacks, and attributes. You can even play it with two-players after beating it!

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Temjin001
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 8:47:52 PM

Yep, Master Shams needs to do a user-review. He's completed many of these types of games on the hardest settings so he's probably the most qualified for the hardcore types to represent the genre.

I can only claim GoW3 Titan Mode, NGS Very Hard, and NGS2 Mentor (I'm currently on chapter 6 of Master Ninja though =)

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xXxSeTTriPxXx
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 4:24:00 AM

your cheating yourslef out of a great game, trust me.

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Drake_RB3
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 10:41:29 AM
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I started listening to the soundtrack that came with the limited edition and I was kind of disappointed. Nothing seemed really catchy or reminiscent of the past games. Doesn't look like any are going on my iPod with all the other classics. Too bad the previous composer is nowhere to be found.

Hopefully my replaced PS3 from Sony arrives today so I can start playing this and Enslaved.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 2:05:32 PM

Castlevania really needs that old organ playing doesn't it?

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michiganfan1983
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 10:58:43 AM
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Well this is interesting, I haven't started playing this yet as I have been playing Enslaved and just beat it last night. Enslaved was good but could have been great had NT worked out the voice/animation issue, and the camera in some areas wouldn't let you look around Monkey when you are hunting for tech orbs. CV:LoS looks really good but I am also picking up MoH tonight, so it may have to wait until I get bored with that, which will probably be this weekend.

Just wondering though, has anyone experienced that glitch with the saved game data? It has been making it way around the internet since the game launched last week and was wondering how wide spread the issue is.

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piratedrunk
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 1:33:06 PM

I personally haven't experienced it but the thought of it has scared me enough to keep a backup.

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BeezleDrop
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 10:59:30 AM
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The sound track for the game is more of an Orchestral Score, I don't really think it is something you could rock out to in the car or anything. I believe the soundtrack works wonders within the gameplay, and Sir Patrick Stewart also helps quite a bit, I will have to agree with you piratedrunk. LoS is a pretty fun game, I enjoyed it much more than DI.

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Drake_RB3
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 2:05:52 PM

Haha, but who doesn't like to rock out to "The Tragic Prince" in their car?

About to start the game today and you're probably right that the music fits the atmosphere I've seen so far in the trailers.

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sonic1899
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 7:08:07 PM

I can honestly say that music isn't as engaging as I thought it would be, despite it being and all... :P But in case you didn't know, you could customize the soundtrack and put anything else to you liking (maybe even soundtracks frm other games)

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 4:00:03 AM

honestly i didn't even try this, but will once i start my paladin playthrough

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RebelJD
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 11:06:33 AM
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A sequel to Castlevania Lord of Shadow is going to be awesome. Just imagine all the other great games that came out even better with a sequel? Uncharted is what I'm speaking about and I'm also referring to all the anticipation behind Arkham Asylum's sequel as well. Rock on!

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Deleted User
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 11:07:56 AM
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great news. I tryed demo again and i starting to come around but i still have to wait till the end of the month to get the game can't wait to play it.

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gangan19
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 11:09:05 AM
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keep the money flowing?

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JPBooch
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 11:15:17 AM
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I played LoS all weekend. It's fun, difficult and very immersive. The music was well picked and really adds to the feel of it. I'm glad they are starting on the sequel, but I can't wait to see how this one turns out. After just finishing Chapter 4, there is still so much more plot to unfold.

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Jawknee
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 12:11:11 PM
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And I haven't even got my copy from Amazon yet. :(

Ha, good news none the less.

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A2K78
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 12:28:01 PM
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So, is this how Konami decide to now **** on their fans? LoS isn't even a true CastleVania title(other than some game masquerading CastleVania)and its quite upsetting how Konami did away with everything Iga built into the franchise.

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Jawknee
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 12:40:42 PM

Once again, your WRONG!

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Shams
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 2:04:01 PM

If you think about it, Castlevania was never a totally unique franchise of it's own. Even the classic play of the 32-bit success and the newer handheld iterations were dubbed Medroidvania if i'm not mistaken.

But the common theme of Castlevania thoughout the ages since the 8-bit era (and excluding most of the non-sprite/polygonal versions of it) was that it was the epitome of the action adventure genre. And thankfully, LOS succeeds at that.

And let us not forget, this is not the only famous franchise to be rebooted completely. Ninja Gaiden did that, too. From being a 2D side-scroller beat'um up in the arcades, to a 2D platformer, to a polygonal/nonsprite-based action-adventure, to an over-the-top hack'n slash, it has gained perhaps even a larger following than before. While, unfortunately LOS may not replicate the success that the Itagaki was able to do with NG, it has won my heart over, and how surprised i was.

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Alienange
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 6:31:09 PM

@ A2K78 - You forgot to mention that Fallout New Vegas is not a REAL Fallout game.

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Scarecrow
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 12:29:01 PM
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Great! Although psxe gave it a low score what I've seen in vids looks amazing. Will get it ASAP.

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wolfsinner
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 12:38:42 PM
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I wasn't even remotely interested in LoS.. No idea how. Picked it up yesterday after getting info on the internet-
Turns out this game is immersive and really fun, and man are the environments and most animations beautiful.
I'd even go as far as saying I'm having more fun with this than I did with GOW3 (and that's saying a lot), but that's just me probably.

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Shams
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 3:34:29 PM

No, not just you. Me, too. GOW3 is more cinematically engaging, while LOS is more engaging gameplay wise. But still, i don't want to speak too soon as i haven't finished LOS ( and i've heard it has one of the best endings which wasn't the general consensus about GOW3), as i did when i remarked in Ben's review about it being less combat centric. I now agree it has a deeper combat, but still maintain that it is less linear, and that it offers more exploration.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 1:32:31 PM
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I'll get it sometime in the future. I thought more people on here would be asking for story elements fromthe original games to return. Ah well.
Peace.

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KNG201
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 1:34:57 PM
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the soundtrack is great! its no SoN but it fit...that is until i used my own in-game soundtrack. i like games that allow you to do that.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 2:04:08 PM
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While not as good as the Inferno, I still plan to buy this. Like I was telling Jawknee, it's clearly the best Lord of the Rings game of all time.

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Jawknee
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 2:27:04 PM

Indeed it is.

Dude, i almost bought Dante's Inferno yesterday. Its on sale at Walmart for $40. Should i buy?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 2:41:52 PM

You can probably get it cheaper than that online.

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Shams
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 7:22:27 PM

I liked DI for it's long level designs and 60fps. However, besides framerate, whatever DI does, LOS does much better. Besides being a MUCH better playing and looking game, LOS doesn't have imagery of genitalia everywhere, which didn't help the lack of variety and design in DI, either. LOS does get dark at times, but it has it's light moments during others, more reminiscent of Uncharted or POP 2008.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 8:50:03 PM

Castle sure has the graphics, I can't say I'm happy with how Grabriel weighs nothing though. There is no impact anywhere in the game, but I'm sure ill get used to it.

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 4:04:05 AM

he doesn't weigh anything? just wondering if you could explain what you mean, kinda lost me there

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Snaaaake
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 4:09:22 PM
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Played the demo for LOS and it turned me off for two reasons, the camera is too damn close and move too damn much for a fixed camera game.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 8:51:29 PM

The camera really just kind snaps way out of control doesn't it.?

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ryu
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 4:59:11 PM
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sequel already?! well i didn't buy the last one after i found out there is NOT ENOUGH CASTLE!

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Alienange
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 6:53:21 PM
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Erase effeminate image? Is that the new way of saying westernize?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 8:50:45 PM

yup, all japanese influences must be destroyed.

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___________
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 2:30:53 AM
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no thanks, i dont think id be able to put up with all the inevitable winging cox would do again once reviews come in.
reviews point out its flaws, say its not a Castlevania game, which it simply is not!
so he comes out whining like a little girl, o IGN said its not a Castlevania game so that means they did not play it.
my god!

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 4:18:23 AM

have you actually tried the game? It feels like a Castlevania game to me seeing as though there's no clear cut formula

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 4:14:14 AM
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The game is great, probably one of the better hack and slash games this gen. Story is pretty good and it really sucks you in, especially the ending and a sequel will be will received imo. Camera issues aren't nearly as big as some make it out to be, play NG2 on 360 for an example of craptacular camera issues

To those claiming its not a true Castlevania, what makes a castlevania game a castlevania game? I've been playing them since the first game, even the second game was a departure from the first game's formula. If you are a castlevania fan since day 1, you'd know that it has been thru quite a few changes to the formula.

There was never some clear cut formula, or else SOTN would never have graced the ps1 so many years ago. That game is amazing BUT Iga made the formula stale, with so many gba and ds sequels that followed too close to the Metroidvania formula and it got old after awhile, hence this reboot.

I do see how some of the inspiration for the game is from Super Castlevania 4, its subtle.

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Frenchy17
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 5:40:09 PM

Have to totally agree with you Aaron and I have played everyone of the Castlevanias.

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Oyashiro
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 10:01:53 PM
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Just beat the game on Knight difficulty, Now going for 110% completion.

Loved the game to bits, and its good to hear that Mercury Steam is making the sequel!

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KNG201
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 @ 3:19:08 AM
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if you are a gamer play this game anyway you can. you could easily look past its flaws and see its true potential. cant wait for the sequel it should be epic as long as they dont say "it needs a southern touch" or something stupid...lol

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