If You Had A Chance To Ask The Castlevania Team A Question…

By Spencer . June 4, 2012 . 10:00pm

lordsofshadow212 … what would you ask?


Tell us! Because we might be doing a Castelvania: Lords of Shadow 2 and/or Castlevania: Mirror of Fate interview at E3. If all goes according to plan, we’ll bring your questions to Konami and/or MercurySteam and ask them. Like always, we can’t promise we’ll get to all of the questions, but we’ll do our best!


*Grabs notepad* OK… go! (One question per person, please.)

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    What is a man?

    •  Add this question, Spencer. Seriously. xD

      • kupomogli

        Everyone already knows the answer though.  A miserable little pile of secrets.

        • I know. I just want the team to say it themselves. :)

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Here I thought the answer was a dog who is always in heat.

    • Tsuko85

       A miserable little pile of secrets!

  • Hating Ass Nigga

    Is the leveling system still intact from the previous Castlevanias,like could I level any of the characters to 99 if I wanted?

  • what happened to igarashi, is he still working on the castlevania franchise

  • Does Lords of Shadow 2 game take place prior to the first game’s ending? If so, what led you and Mercurystream to develop the sequel at this point instead of a new game set in a more modern timeline?

  • Please, let this be the first question: If Gabriel calls himself “Dracul”, wouldn’t that technically  make his vampire-turned son, Dracula?

    I know it’s nitpicking, but I just need to know. I’ll let the others ask about anything related to the Belmonts and the future of the iconic “Vampire Killer” whip. Oh, and someone please ask if the game will have staples songs like Beginning for Trevor and Simon’s own theme! Wicked Child would be awesome, but not as awesome as the iconic Vampire Killer Theme and the classic “Stage Clear” jingle for LoS2 (which is a MUST!).

  • Suicunesol

    How does Mirror of Fate utilize the bottom touchscreen in its gameplay?


    Are there plans for a demo version for the 3DS eShop?

  • Rohan Viajar

    In the trailer is that either Hector (curse of Darkness), Alucard, or just a new character?

  • Ooh Bee

    Will the other two Mirror Of Fate characters be classic/Belmont’s, or new characters?

  • What inspired the decision to write Gabriel as a character who becomes such a dark figure at the end of the first Lords of Shadow?

  • Luke Boyce

    Since the “Lords of Shadow” saga is ending with this entry, what does that mean for the foreseeable future of the Castlevania IP?
    If this is unanswerable, what would Mercury Steam plan to do if prompted to continue spearheading the Castlevania series’s development? Would they attempt different styles of play, as in the widely recognized Metroidvania style? Would they maintain the existing continuity or continue to use the AU they’ve drafted?

  • Sperium3000

    “If the “Lords of Shadow” saga ends, does that mean the supposed reboot the first one started also ends? What happens next, yet another reboot?”

  • z_merquise

    If Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is really the conclusion of Mercury Steam and Konami Europe’s take on the franchise, what Konami IP would they like to handle next if they were given the chance?

  • roockie85

    will alucard and simon belmont be in the story

    • Krisi92

      Lords of Shadow is set in a completely new “dimension” and time, so probably not.

      • Guest

         Alucard seems to be in judging from that trailer. Or else it’s Hector.

    • Yesshua

      The answers are yes and yes :)

      Mirror of Fate has been confirmed to feature four central characters, two of whom are Trevor and Simon Belmont.

      Alucard we aren’t certain of, but it’s a pretty fair guess.  The Lords of Shadow 2 trailer had SOMEBODY with long white hair and a sword staring Gabriel down.  Today’s trailer for Mirror of Fate also had characters talking about protecting Gabriel’s child from his father… sounds like Alucard, yes it does.

  • Yesshua

    Wow, this is such a great opportunity!  Thanks ever so much for opening the floor and considering our questions.  If I was in charge, I would probably be selfish and just ask all my own questions :)

    Anyway, here’s my question:  Since the Lords of Shadow storyline is pretty complicated and it’s being split between different platforms and DLC expansions, what steps are being taken to ensure that people who pick up Lords of Shadow 2 or Mirror of Fate are able to jump in and get caught up?  In particular since Lords of Shadow 2 is launching on a platform that Lords of Shadow 1 wasn’t on, will the Wii U version have any sort of recap from the original and/or the 3DS game?

  • Krisi92

    I’m glad that they are working with Castlevania, but will Konami go back to their older popular series, mostly Goemon?

  • Peace Legacy

    Will Mirror of Fate utilize elements from Metroidvania, or will it just be similar to the PSP dracula X chronicles?

    • They have claimed it will be Metroidvania style.
      My question would be:
      How are you planning to incorporate Metroidvania elements into the game?  What sorts of expansions to movement or ability to alter the terrain should we expect to acquire to help us move into new areas and discover secrets and shortcuts in old ones?  How will you address the problem of how slow backtracking will be due to the battle system and without a level mechanic?  Are there planned to be puzzle rooms that require creative use of abilities to get through/reveal a power up/secret?

      That’s more than one question I guess but in general, I really would like a lot more expansion on their claim they are making this game in the metroidvania style.  Looking at just the screen shots and trailer and their past game, as well as other games with similar combat mechanics, their claim that the game will be Metroidvania style feels like a lot of hot air.

      • Tony F.

        This. I would love to have equipments too, not just skills with upgrades… :P

  • epy

    What has Konami learned from working with Mercury Steam and how would they take advantage of this experience if they were to develop another Castlevania themselves?

    • See my reply to @kroufonz:disqus.

      • epy

        I see. Since the article states: “If all goes according to plan, we’ll bring your questions to Konami and/or MercurySteam and ask them.”, I was under the impression the question could be asked to Konami as well.

  • DarkWaterClone

    Is there any chance for a vita port or a different Castlevania game instead?

  • kupomogli

    Here’s my question.

    As a Castlevania fan and one who still likes Lords of Shadow as Lords of Shadow, not as Castlevania, are you going to continue labeling the games as Castlevania Lords of Shadow: etc, etc, for each developed game?

    Lords of Shadow is one of my absolute favorite games this gen and my second favorite stylish action game(DMC3 is my favorite.)  Aside from the question, also letting you guys know you’ve done a much better job than even most of the most recognizable of names in gaming.

    • The brand is already called Castlevania on both consoles and for the 3DS version. They aren’t going to change the name at this point.

  • What did you do with Igarashi?

  • Nemesis_Dawn

    As someone who loved Lords of Shadow, I only had one complaint: a lack of classic Castlevania songs. Orchestral versions of, say, “Beginnings” would have been amazing to hear and it disappointed me greatly that there were only two in the game.

    Are there any plans to rectify this? I don’t remember a single musical theme from Lords of Shadows, except for during the music box part, and that was because it was an old school one. Will we be hearing any more familiar music, even if it’s fully orchestrated in scope?

  • ffboi7

    My question is what happened to the teaser shown a while back that had Alucard in the teaser. It seemed like it was teasing a possible return of Alucard in a new Castlevania game. Since it was tease nothing has been said about it and has just been forgotten by most.

  • When will we get a new Belnades character?

  • AokiShizuku

    ‘Do you plan on creating a Castlevania game taking place in the Demon Castle War?’

  • Gideon de Groodt

    My question is:

    Will we ever be seeing another sidescrolling Castlevania again, or has that era passed?

    You know.. since that’s how these series started up and I’ve loved them ever since. Not that the new games are all that bad, I mean I’ve played Lords of Shadow and I liked it.

    In a.. God of War, Devil May Cry, Ninja Gaiden kind of way.

    Not as a Castlevania.

    • Tsuko85

       The 2D era hasn’t passed, Nintendo is still making 2D Mario games and the recent Sonic Generations from Sega is also 2D

      • Gideon de Groodt

        Oh maybe I didn’t put it down as clear then..

        I specifically meant the Castlevania games. Because I like the new Mirror of Fate game, it’s looking good. But yeah, I’m just not that big of a fan of the 3D Castlevania games.

  • Who is the guy with the white hair? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    • Setsu Oh

      waht? sexchange existed then too , right?(lets make it interesting)

  • kroufonz

    probability for a japanese developed new 2D HD Igavania?
    what’s koji Igarashi been doing?

    • Sorry, but there’s no way we’re going to tell a developer, “We don’t care about your game. Tell us what Igarashi has been doing.” 

      That’s incredibly disrespectful.

      • Tsuko85

         Who gives a $#&%, I HATE Hideo Kojima because he messed with the Castlevania series instead of keeping to his own series, Metal Gear

        • Grow up?

          • Tsuko85

            you are telling me to grow up? I’m not a  Kojima fanboy who accepts every game he releases

          • Handsome Luigi ♢

            Yeah, grow up.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            No sir, I am asking that you stop spamming your displeasure at a game that is not even the one being discussed in this thread and find more constructive means of expressing concerns.

          • Grow up bro.

          • Setsu Oh

             … the other side is hating everything he makes. not that much of difference. – i m not calling u anything though, although i answered-

        • Youareallcryingmorons

           Keep crying.

        •  I don’t think he really had much influence on the game….

          • Setsu Oh

             what i wanted to say. he just overlooked it and influenced some cinemas(i can smell him there greatly)

        • eilegz

          Konami should be renamed to Kojima, he its the boss now…. Its sad that Kojima have so much power over franchise that he dont have anything to do with it over someone like Iga which its the castlevania guy

        • Setsu Oh

           i actually like this one better than the metroidvanias. i don’t get lost and looseinterest in this one.

      • Setsu Oh

         just turn it around atthe end of the intereview: ‘fans of the old series would like to know’, or ‘that new take on castlevania is loved by a lot of fans including ones from the old series, do you think you’ll ever make a sidescrolling spin off , like, on vita, with iga at the helm?’

  • If you have nothing constructive to post, please don’t post anything the next time.

    • KuroiKen

      But you know, that’s a question that bothers many fans of the series…

      • Altritter

        Just the vocal minority. I’ve played every CV game and I think that Iga’s timeline had hit a wall in the first place. I was skeptical about LoS at first but it’s a very good game if you give it a chance. Anyway, there’s no way Spencer would ask them that question, but I’m sure you already knew that.

        • Setsu Oh

           i don’t give a damn about the timeline because the games are spreaded on a lot of consoles in decades and there isn’t a helpfull sum up of ‘the story so far’ before beginning each game. just ‘dracu chan’s castle has reappeared! lets beat him up!’
          so if the makers don’t give enough of a damn about that timeline for it to be avilable on the menu  screen like for max payne two….

  • Herok ♞

    What order should the games be played in does Mirror of Fate come before or after Lords of Shadow 2?

  • zeta

    any plans of making another side scrolling castlevania again?

    • Setsu Oh

       i would like a sidescrolling game on vita with the white hair guy of the los2 trailer as a spinoff

  • manobon

    Will Lords of Shadow 2 be coming for the Vita as well?

  • Nathan_GreeneIV

    Man oh man um…..Will there be goodies or extras like bandana and solid eye in Lords of shadows 1?

  • Speedo Redempteur

    I have a question :

    What is really the connexion between mirror of fate and lord of shadows ?
    Is mirror of fate a side story or does it bridge the 2 lord of shadow games together ?

    • Yesshua

      This question has already been answered, it was in the Nintendo power spread. Mirror of Fate takes place 25 years after Lords of Shadow and bridges the story between LoS 1 and LoS 2.

      If I hadn’t read the other article already, that would have been my first question too! :)

  • Thanks for the opportunity! Here’s my question, concerning Mirror of Fate (the 3ds game)

    Assuming the game will be a “Metroidvania”….are Mercury Steam drawing some influence from the previous 2D Metroidvania games? (Symphony of the Night, Circle of the Moon, Harmony of Dissonance, Aria of Sorrow). Id est, will the game play out like the previous handheld Vania games, or will it play out more like a portable Lords of Shadow?

    That’s it :P I really really hope the game plays like the previous GBA/DS Castlevania games, with the focus on exploration and rpg elements :D

  • Jason Handley

    Will there be a Special Edition for each game? Also, does Konami have plans for a CastleVania collection?

  • I just want to second the questions about the music, will any of the two new games have remixes or arrangements of the series’ classic tracks, and will any new original tracks be in the same unique baroque/rococo-influenced style that has been a staple for Castlevania games?
    It would be a great shame if the series’ 
    unique style of music is to go lost in the reboot, in favour of hollywood blockbuster-style background music. It sets the mood well, but isn’t very recognisable or melodious, unfortunately :(

  • Hmm…since I really loved the haunting music in LOS, I just wanted to know if Oscar Araujo will be back working on the soundtrack for this sequel.

  • Keyanf

    Will we ever see another game in the old timeline?

  • Tsuko85

    Konami please give the Castlevania series back to Koji Igarashi?
    Hideo Kojima ruined the series by making a God of War type game and not using the original timeline

    • You can always replay the old games until you learn to get over your devotion to the past. Trust me man, I felt the same way when I first started playing LoS, but I eventually switched my mind frame to see it as a brand new outing and not another Metroidvania.

      Someday man, someday.

    • eilegz

       completely agree…

    • Setsu Oh

       it isn’t the original timeline?
      aint los the first game of thetimeline?

  • Tsuko85

    Konami when will you be adding Suikoden 2,3,4 and 5 to the Playstation Network Store?
    or release a Suikoden HD Collection on PS3 or Vita like the Metal Gear Solid collections

    Give Suikoden Fans a Suikoden VI Konami!!!

    • Setsu Oh


  • Tony F.

    I’m really interested in the reboot now that the Belmont family is in the spotlight in Mirror of Fate. We know that LoS2 is the last of this story, but there will be more games in this timeline/universe, right?

    (Sorry about my English, guys)

    • So they said.

      And there’s nothing wrong with your english. ;)

  • Simple, what’s the team’s personal favorite Castlevania games and characters? Maybe just games if that counts as two questions.

  • Why don’t they go side-scrolling 2.5D for PS3 & Vita a la Symphony of the Night.

    • Setsu Oh

       just vita is fine to me

  • vrakanox

    Is Alucard in it? :)

    • Setsu Oh

       looks like it

  • eilegz

    where its Koji Igarashi, did you guys kidnap him?

    • Setsu Oh

       he must be in a coffin somewhere…

  • Foxeh Shihōin

    so uuh….. what’s up with contra?

  • “And I know one thing for sure – westerners can’t make great games like those.”

    My question is: Do you really wanna bet? Just because you’re not interested in Western games doesn’t mean they don’t make good titles in the West. And just because you don’t like something doesn’t make it bad.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    Why are there QTEs in a 2D platformer? The previous Castlevania games didn’t need QTEs. This one doesn’t either.

  • Göran Isacson

    How important will the Belmonts be to the overall plotline? As it seems like they’re all being squeezed into one sidestory game instead of taking center stage in games of their own, will Lords of Shadows primarily be Gabriels franchise and Gabriels story, or do the Belmont family have an important role to play?

  • Handsome Luigi ♢

    I would say ask questions about if there’s any plans on coming back to the sidescrolling style or maybe the Metroidvania style or if they plan to make a game related to the original continuity buuut guess that’s be disrespectful to LoS creator as responded to questions below me.

    Um… guess I would ask if LoS2 is the end of this timeline or just Gabriel’s story? If they plan to advance on this continuity will the protagonists of the other continuity will appear with an altered story same as Trevor and Simon?
    … Guess that’d be all :S

    Edit: Oh yeah! Will they remix the songs used on both Trevor and Simon games for LoSMF? (NES Castlevanias, Super Castlevania IV)

    • Setsu Oh

       i would like a sotn like on vita with the engine of the first Los

  • Infinity ‘

    Why do the Lords of Shadow games have Castlevania in their title when they have nothing to do with the Castlevania series?

    • Setsu Oh

       ….nothing? the main char of the first game is called belmont. there plenty of other things from the series like the enemies and sheet!

      • Infinity ‘

        That’s like saying that Saved by the Bell is part of the Super Mario Bros. series because Mario Lopez is one of the actors in it. They bear little resemblance to one another!

        • Setsu Oh

          for ur example to work u would need shrooms and pipes and living bullets like in mario bros in saved by because there are werewolves in los and undeads and whips and daggers and holy water and ghouls and …….
          the firsts games were so scarce in story(japanese games, heh , go figure) that it is possible that los is a prequel isn’t it?  can anyone list the thigns los got wrong in the story? compared to the old one i mean.

  • Setsu Oh

    will the story and characters of los 2 be canon to the whole series?

  • I can’t think of anything specific to this game, but my question for Konami about Castlevania in general is…

    “Would you ever consider making another game like Castlevania Judgment, where popular characters from across the series were together in a side game, or was that a one-time experiment?”

    Judgment was flawed, but it had some really good ideas behind it, and I’d love to see an improved version one day, with some more characters and all.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Once we get deeper into the LoSverse, it’d be pretty cool to see a Judgement-like game that featured the two timelines facing off. I would be all over that.

  • Testsubject909

    Are they planning to do any Castlevania games for the Vita?

    That’s the question I’d ask… I’d be burning with curiosity to know if they’ll continue, but they will if sales are good, plus I can trust them since they’ve shown that their work is one of love, that they are competent and that they know how to create a Castlevania atmosphere… visually and in gameplay but still lacking in sound.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Something I liked is that Lords of Shadow took Castlevania and infused it with some more classically western monster mythology, moving forward, is this going to continue or do they have plans to also blend some more classic Castlevania monsters back into the series?

    Hope somebody asked a similar question if mine doesn’t make it.

  • Jose Alejandro

    ¿will you make another castlevania’s saga? focused in another character after dracula’s story? it will be awesome! think about a complete storyline about alucard! or trevor, or hector & isaac…
    think about it…

  • Calibraexis

    Why oh why is the “center chapter” of your Castlevania on a tiny handheld and not on a console for a wider audience to play? 

  • Why did they choose to turn gabriel into a vampire? is this a reboot of the series?

  • a

    Is there ever going to be a Black Belmont in the castlevania series? Iga said he wanted to do one in the emg mag, but it hasn’t happen yet. Thank you Konami for making classic games!!

  • If you are a fan of castlevania than the music in all the series are memorable especially the ones made for nintendo…any chances it will be in lord of shadow 2? If so it will be awesome

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