How We Deal with Rumors: The Castlevania Edition
The weeks before e3 are filled with chattering and Internet boiling points: will delayed darlings of 2011 show up again this year? How playable is the "Metal Gear: Revengence" demo? How much of the "Assassin's Creed III" demo is cut-scene? And like with any franchise, are there really two Castlevanias in the works?
The first is a rumored sequel to "Castlevania: Lords of Shadow," which reimagined the classic story of the Belmont Family being cursed to kill Dracula whenever he happened to return for whatever reason. Instead, Gabriel Belmont is a knight for the Brotherhood of Light who must try and defeat the titular Lords of Shadow before Satan is brought back to Earth. He battles werewolves, vampires, necromancers and ultimately becomes something of a God himself, before locking himself away for the true ending that came with the DLC, Resurrection. Uh, "spoiler."
The teaser site's URL is something Gabriel clearly mentions in the end, as he now views himself as a certain type of monster. It would make for an interesting twist in the rebooted franchise, or in true Konami sequel fashion with Hideo Kojima lurking around, it could just be a blonde guy in a bodysuit that takes over. This is all but confirmed as living in the Lords of Shadow realm, but at least it'll be answered next week.
As for the Nintendo DS Castlevania, Paul Gale seems to have the most information on what could be "Castlevania: Mirror of Fate." Basically, the DS game was searching for an interesting way to use the 3DS' camera, while a WiiU edition is being rebuilt from the ground up? Outside of that and crafting mind-numbingly annoying hand-held functionality (coughUNCHARTEDcough).
The thing with these types of rumors is they probably do have a grain of truth to them. The original starter page for "Lords of Shadow" was so nondescript that most people thought it was for Konami's other property in 2010, "Metal Gear: Rising." Luckily, both should be at e3 this year. And going by Konami's normal production schedule, we'll maybe see them in 2013, before both are pushed back to 2014 and we get a new demo at e3 again!