“What Is A Man?” Asks Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Teaser

By Ishaan . November 29, 2012 . 2:00pm

Konami will be premiering a gameplay trailer for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 during the Spike Video Game Awards on December 7th. While you wait for that, here’s a tiny teaser trailer with the announcement:



Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will be released in early 2013 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Meanwhile, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate, a more traditional side-scrolling platformer which bridges the gap between Lords of Shadow 1 and 2, will be released on the Nintendo 3DS.

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  • wfgodbold

    A miserable little pile of secrets?

    And that’s what I get for responding before watching.

    • zephyrsword

      Beat me to the punch.

  • sperium

    I’m probably going to get this for the PS3. I absolutely LOVED the original Lords Of Shadow, and I’m here hoping the sequel will be just as good, if not better.

  • I just want this to be released so that there is no more Castlevania. =/

    • Solomon_Kano

      That’s a terribly selfish thought. If you don’t enjoy the Lords of Shadow line of CV, cool, but that sounds like “if I can’t have it, nobody can!” — and that’s an incredibly sad thing to hear.

      There are so many series that fall away never to be gone back to or at least have been absent long enough to make it feel that way and, rather than let another group enjoy something that doesn’t appeal to us personally, we’re wishing the death of a series that’s managed to last this long. Things change, they don’t always change in ways that appeal to us personally, but there’s no reason to wish for the death of a whole series, much less one as long-running and venerated as Castlevania. It doesn’t deserve that.

      • I don’t know, sounds about the same thing many DmC fans say.

        • Solomon_Kano

          And it’s no less selfish when they say it.

    • Next, please.

      • This applies too: Stop hating what I like.

  • SirRichard

    Absolutely everything is coming out in early 2013, I swear.

    He tried, bless him, but it’s just not like the original performance. Too serious. Still, looking forward to this greatly!

  • Augh geez, really? This just feels kinda terrible, man. If Mercurysteam insists on rebooting the series, then they should go ALL the way, instead of just stealing such a memorable line from the very games they’re trying to pretend didn’t happen.

    Pandering to the fans of the old series makes no sense for a reboot aimed at a new audience, so at least TRY to make use of a reboot’s strengths, think of something new! :I

    • Cloud_ST

      I disagree. As a fan of the previous timeline and someone who enjoyed the first LoS for it’s strenghts, including those little lines from SOTN is a pretty cool homage to the original timeline in my opinion.

    • SirRichard

      ” instead of just stealing such a memorable line from the very games they’re trying to pretend didn’t happen.”

      I never get why people have to make up silly things like this just because they don’t like a game. I also don’t get why Mercury Steam get slagged off for doing what Konami wants them to do, either.

      • epy

        I would agree with you, but Cox has taken cheap shots at “Metroidvania” plenty of times. After bashing them, it is amusing they would borrow lines from the title that started them.

        • Please show me where he has taken “cheap shots” at Metroidvania-esque games. I must have missed that report/interview.

        • SirRichard

          The closest thing to a shot he’s taken at Symphony or any other Castlevania was “it has way too many swords”, and frankly if that’s a cheap shot to you then you’re just going out of your way to paint the man as some vile corrupting force.

          And last I checked, mate, Castlevania did not start at Symphony of the Night.
          EDIT: Misread that last line, thought you referred to Symphony starting them (Mercury) or something, it’s late. Still, you’re reaching for any little thing to discredit these guys.

          • epy

            Indeed, which is why I said Metroidvania, not Castlevania, started with SotN…er… mate. And Cox has said Dracula’s story in the games until LoS was no nothing more than him getting stabbed every hundred years and the whole “…we don’t want to keep regurgitating something after this” seemed like a shot to me, albeit it you may be correct in it being my (mis)interpretation.

          • SirRichard

            And for most of them it was, honestly, they didn’t start portraying him as anything other than the biggest baddie until, well, Symphony of the Night. That’s not a bad thing given the era the series got its start in, either.

            Honestly, if Iga said any of these things in the run-up to a new game he was leading, no-one would have bat an eye and plenty would even readily agree. But because they’re “outsiders”, Mercury Steam catch grief for the smallest comments. You don’t have to like their games, certainly LoS has several issues they need to rectify, but they hardly deserve to be jumped on for such minor statements.

          • Or maybe he just meant he wants to try something beyond the regular routine?

        • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

          I can’t recall any cheap shots per say, but he definitely comes off as an arrogant *** to me, declaring his games Castlevania Master Race to the inferior Metroidvania games.

      • Hey man, whaddaya mean making up silly things? Lords of Shadows is a REBOOT of the Castlevania series, and a big reset button is basically what a reboot of a franchise is, dude! It’s just a way to take a series in a new direction, for better or worse. It also means that all the events that transpired in the ‘old timeline’ didn’t actually happen in this new canon.

        It’s got nothing to do with me liking or not liking the new series, I just think it’s sorta… lazy? You know, to use the ‘old timeline’ as a crutch like that, so to speak. Makes no sense to me.

        Like, I can totally understand using old characters in a new way, like Alucard, since he’s part of the franchise, and would be part of the reboot too, but straight-up quotes? C’mon man, c’moooon

        (Although yeah, I was a bit too fast there with blaming Mercurysteam, since I don’t actually know who made the decision to do the reboot in the first place. But eh, that doesn’t change the rest of my point though, about how this reboot is being handled)

        • SirRichard

          I know what a reboot is, but the way you wrote that implies that Mercury Steam are bad people out to wreck the series or something.

          It’s just a reference, man, I don’t see how references and little jokes about the series are “a crutch”. They’re fans of the old timeline games, they want to reference it, even if the execution is iffy it’s hardly a crutch. If they referenced every single memorable or funny line from the series then yeah, it’d be a crutch, but right now it’s just one line.

    • SpecDotSign

      This. Eff the haters. I’m tired of people apologizing for a God of War clone.

  • AuraGuyChris

    *Glass of wine is thrown at you, killing you*

  • CirnoLakes

    Well, if this means there’s going to be more old school Castlevania influence in this game, that’s a good thing.

  • Solomon_Kano

    I’m ready for this. Lords of Shadow was an interesting take on CV, and I enjoyed it, so I’m certainly looking forward to how MercurySteam handles this. Seeing their take on Alucard should be fun.

  • Machineguntommy

    Apparently people are divided on the LoS series but I loved it. It had an amazing story and an amazing plot twist. David Cox made this comparison and I agree with it wholeheartedly, it’s kind of like Christopher Nolan’s Batman series. A very different and serious reboot from the previous Batman movies which, like Castlevania, started getting a little silly in the end. I love everything Castlevania, but Lords of Shadow is definitely one of the stronger series in the franchise.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    I really love this game direction.^_^ With the upcoming 3DS Castlevania and this, i hope my hunger for Castlevania game can be filled.^_^

  • That was…underwhelming.

    • It’s a teaser…

      • I meant the voicing for the line itself more than anything.

  • Wow pc version? Unless there is some bonus for owners of the original, I won’t be getting this on ps3 then.

  • Playing the original LoS right now and I’m enjoying it, it’s like God of War done right but there are still plenty of issues I’d like them to address. Assuming I don’t end up hating the game by time I complete it I’ll definitely pick this up along with Mirror of Fate.

  • NOOOOOO was too late to make a symphony of the night reference so sad!!!

  • Guest

    Cool trailer, but enough talk.

  • I will admit that as awesome as the trailer, I can’t help but chuckle.

    ..But enough talk.

    • XiaomuArisu

      Have at thee!
      “Dance of Illusions starts playing”
      Now that I think about it I hope that song will appear in some form.

  • I’ll most likely be misunderstood here, but I’ll say it still.

    I love Symphony of the Night like everyone else. I don’t really have a problem with the direction the series is going in now, even tho I do prefer my classic 2D Metroidvania (personal preference only, I do not hold any grudges against the new Vanias which look nice in their own way).

    That being said…I really wish they’d stop arching back to SotN over and over again. It’s an amazing game, but I’m sure they can do games as good as SotN and have it so that they can have a great impact like that game did, if they put their hearts into their projects. I personally feel that whenever game companies keep coming back to their older games looking for hits and popularity, they do come off as dependent and needy. And they don’t need to do that. It’s the same thing as SE always coming back to FF VII whenever they can.

    I am pretty sure at least someone is going to read my comment and assume I am just ranting or something like that, but that couldn’t be any less true. I just had to say it.

    • SpecDotSign

      I’m down with what you’re about here. I for one now seem to be in the minority of people whom dislike what Mercury Steam has done to the franchise. This constant reaching into the Symphony of the Night is starting to annoy me. The 3D Castlevania games last gen were better than this in my opinion. I really want to see some new Metroidvania to be honest.

  • Skeeth Hussam

    What is a man? But a miserable pile of secrets
    oh man i can not wait anymore its killing me i want this game now

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