Castlevania: Harmony Of Despair Set For August 4, Extra Characters Coming Later

By Spencer . July 6, 2010 . 7:42pm


Konami wants to invite you to a multiplayer vampire hunting party on August 4. That’s the day Castlevania: Harmony of Despair makes its way on to Xbox Live Arcade.


Soma Cruz, Shanoa, and Alucard are some of the classic characters you’ll see in Harmony of Despair. You can team up with three friends, online of off, and hunt Dracula together with new cooperative attacks. Or, if you’re the competitive type, choose survival mode to see who whips through more of Dracula’s minions.


After launch, Konami plans to release extra characters and stages. Details, including the price of DLC, was not announced. Castlevania: Harmony of Despair costs 1,200 Microsoft Points ($15) and it’s developed by Koji Igarashi, Producer of the portable 2D Castlevania games.


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  • Code

    rar, relevant to my interests! My only question is if this has any chance of showing up on PSN afterward, where online play seems like it might be a really important factor. I’m sure with my luck they’ll announce it for PSN right after I buy.

    • Myself, I’m waiting.

    • Natabuu

      Based on comments made by IGA, the 360 version would have to sell well for Konami to authorize a PSN port.

      • Code

        rar, thanks for that piece of info, that was exactly what I wanted to hear >w<! I'll be waiting for PS3 version myself then too.

      • Joanna

        I don’t get that logic. Isn’t the point of porting to multiple systems the fact that it doesn’t do well enough on one? If I was Konami, I would release this on PSN even if it didn’t do well.

        • Slashlen

          I think the idea is not to throw good money after bad on porting to another system. If the game flops, why waste money porting it to PSN so it can flop there too? Even if the costs are low enough to break even, Konami may have more profitable uses of it’s time, or they just don’t care enough to chase after a few bucks.

          • Joanna

            ok that does make sense…but still the performance on one system is not indicative of the game’s performance on another. Maybe all the Castlevania fans have PS3s and it could do really well even if it flopped on the 360.
            (This is a hypothetical, I am in no way suggesting this is what will happen, or that all Castlevania fans own PS3s).

            But yes, I do understand now why they would wait for good sales based on what you wrote.

  • Played it at E3. I loved everything about this game.

  • ForeverFidelis


    Alucard and Soma in the same game?
    Is this gonna have some sort of coherent story?

    Doesn’t really matter either way, looks magnificent, yo

    • Justinzero

      Uh…. you haven’t played Dawn of Souls, have you?

      • ForeverFidelis

        Ya mean Dawn of Sorrow?


        But from what I’ve read it takes place in the really far future, and Soma’s supposed to be Dracula’s reincar…

        Ah wait..

        Alucard’s immortal, isn’t he..?

        Never mind, shot a hole through my thoughts

  • krokounleashed

    Wow, totally overpriced for some PS1/GBA/DS-Sprites thrown together. Where is my real HD 2D Castlevania Konami?

    • Code

      Yeahh I notice the discrepancy due to the ripped sprites too — I’m kind of hoping this is just a sign of a work-in progress, and hopefully it’ll look cleaner as a final product.

  • raymk

    i want it but i want it on psn, hope the 360 owners rise to the occasion so we can see the light on ps3

  • malek86

    Wait, $15 for a sprites mesh-up with DLC coming?Good going, Konami. If it were $10 with all the contents from the get go, I might have thought about it a bit more. As it stands though, no dice. I have to buy stuff that actually deserves to be paid something, like the MI2 remake.

  • So, every time I see or hear something about this game I can’t help but notice the maps (down to the tileset graphics, even) look ripped -directly- out of Dawn of Sorrow. I’m going to be more than irked if Konami really is so lazy as to simply have people running through Dawn of Sorrow’s map files pixel for pixel.

    Granted I’ll probably end up buying it anyway since a co-op Castlevania is something friends and I have wanted for some time. I’m just hoping there’s more to it mapwise or it’ll get rather old rather quick. =(

    (Also, can’t lie that I’m hoping for Richter as a DLC character. >.> )

  • Guess I’ll have to wait a year to get this… $10 or bust! Also charging for characters later is a ripoff Konami! Especially since you know they are 12 year old sprites and they exist right now!

  • cowcow

    Why the hell is this JUST for XBox 360? And that ridiculous price too? Damn Microsoft monopolizing crap again…

    • dont worry we will se this in ps3 an maybe wii in like 4 or 5 months after release

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