Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2’s Dracula Is “Not A Good Guy”

By Ishaan . June 12, 2013 . 6:50pm



Dave Cox, creative producer of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, says that developer MercurySteam have improved upon the game’s combat with new weapons and a strategic angle. The main focus of the game, however, is on exploration.


While Lords of Shadow 2 is a story-driven game and still leads you on a path, Cox says that you’ll still have the option of going off in different directions or backtracking to do a bit of exploration and find hidden things in the world.


From a story standpoint, the goal is to tell the story of Dracula. “He’s not a good guy. He’s a bad guy and we show that,” Cox says, adding that the story will be come to a “real end” in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2.


Talking further about the game’s story and setting, Cox says that the decision to set Lords of Shadow 2 in the modern world came up during the development of the original game. The development team decided to include a glimpse at the modern world at the very end of the first game as a surprise, which naturally led to it being the setting for Lords of Shadow 2. Cox clarifies that the game takes place in a fictitious city.


Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is slated for release on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this Fall. You can hear more from Cox in the video above.

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  • MrJechgo

    Dracula’s not a good guy? STOP THE PRESSES!
    Seriously… he never WAS a good guy to begin with… did we really need a clarification?

    • riceisnice

      You know how these vampires are these days. Plasma fruits and sun glitters.

      • I just had this vivid image of Dracula going, “I’m a bad boy!” and someone whipping him with the Belmont whip.

        • andref

          I think you have seen that Castlevania S&M video way too many times

        • dragoon_slayer12

          Robot Chicken much????

        • Testsubject909

          Eh… now I’m tempted to see if I can find a flash or youtube short of this.

    • Spirit Macardi

      OMG SPOILERZ!1!!!1!

    • Gabriel Belmont becomes Dracula at the end of the the original Lords of Shadow. Gabriel Belmont was a good guy so it makes sense for people who have played Lords of Shadow to expect him, as Dracula, to be on a mission of redemption in Lords of Shadow 2.

      • Miss_Madness

        He seemed pretty evil at the end of lords of Shadow though this is between that.

        • Solomon_Kano

          Not really. At the end we just know he’s Drac, but we haven’t actually seen him do anything evil by that point. He’s corrupted, but not exactly evil.

          That said, I certainly don’t think most of us expected Drac to be a good guy lol.

          • Miss_Madness

            That’s what I meant that LOS2 is between LOS in the timeline. He’s Drac at the end, my assumption was him talking the path to becoming the evil impaler between that time. XD it would be funny if he was there not giving a damn about anything for a couple centuries just brooding and corrupted.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Just sitting in the walls of some church for a few hundred years lol.

        • dragoon_slayer12

          at the end of LoS, it’s revealed that he was manipulated onto his dark path, through his actions, nightmares, etc. this does not make one evil if one believes it is righteous (also depends on who’s on what side of the spectrum, but that’s debate-able.). the DLC’s explain his transformation (dlc 1) and decent into madness (dlc 2, don’t remember their names).

          and this game is after that teaser in LoS. that Teaser is the cause of the events of LoS 2

          Edit: didn’t want to include spoilers. so for those that haven’t completed the game and its DLC, sorry for confusion and WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR

          • Miss_Madness


            But you can’t argue the fact we don’t know what he’s done. I was think he probably did some bad things in between then to consider him evil in someone else eye’s. Good intention and righteous can’t take away that fact. Though it could place him as a antihero or villain :|a

            You do know more then I do about this so I’ll go with him being an anti villain/hero for now. Dark with good intentions questionable methods.

          • dragoon_slayer12

            if i knew how to hide text for spoilers, i would so i can just tell you what made him evil. The events of LoS (stand alone, no dlc) is not what made him evil. even when he transformed in DLC 1, he still had pure intentions. thats all i will say. if you can just scrounge $20 for a psn card, i recommend you do so before LoS 2 releases, those DLC’s will really help you understand why he turned, why he went evil, and with all that’s happened in LoS (and mirror of fate if you played it), why he wants to die.

            i myself was late to the LoS party (although i been dying to get it) due to a backed up collection of games (still big now, but a hell of a lot smaller now), and with a whole bunch more coming (PxZ in 2 weeks, SMT4, Zelda LBTW, and much more), i know what you mean. but with 2 releasing this year, just get it over with now.

            Edit: i decided to finally get the game this year before Mirror of Fate released, cuz i was definitely getting MoF day one, so i did, DLC and all. Am super stoked for 2. and no, i don’t know why i waited so long to get it, and i been kicking myself in the ass since it first released to get it, but somehow, i never did before this year.

        • What is between what? Lords of Shadow 2 takes place after the LoS epilogue. In LoS 2 there will be a flashback of some sort where you get to play in the time between LoS and it’s epilogue. You’ll be in ancient times, in Dracula’s Castle fighting knights and stuff but the majority of LoS 2 will take place in modern settings after the LoS epilogue.

  • Yay new Lords of Shadow 2 footage

    on a side note she’s frickin hot, i’d be like huh what’s lords of shadow you’re woah what’s going on

  • “Not a good guy?” Well, not your typical miserable little pile of secrets.

  • DarthSithZero

    Scumbag Dracula

  • Joshua Myers

    Wootz finally a evil guy thats not a good guy in a disguise.

  • epy

    Hope there’s no forced “I’m a bad guy” moments like in Ninja Gaiden 3.

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    Will you be able to prossess his ribs? If you can’t do it then I’m skipping this.

  • Testsubject909

    The game seems promising. I’ve been a defender of theirs from their first outing but they had done a few misstep such as a lack of a better integrated “Castlevania” style memorable song, I’m certain they could’ve found some way of creating and implementing that… But anyhow.

    This go around seems to be a good time. I wonder if this all leads to Cox’s version of 1999 and the eventual Permanent demise of Dracula as was in the original timeline.

  • Evan Little

    So excited! Just beat Lords of Shadow 1 yesterday, dat ending.

  • Bobby Jennings

    That chick is sexy, jesus.

  • Kemail

    While he is the antagonist in Mirror of Fate, I can’t really call him “evil”. In Lords of Shadow is he is pretty much manipulated and betrayed at every turn. Zobek states that Gabriel is slipping more and more from humanity through his actions.

    In Mirror of Fate he is taking his revenge on the Brotherhood of Light, who he blames for pretty much everything that has happened to him (and he is right to a certain degree). As a reaction, the Brotherhood sends soldiers and later the Belmont’s to kill Dracula. Dracula fights or kills them, which portraits him as an evil monster that must be killed.

    Dracula is the kind of antagonist with whom you can sympathize.

    • Göran Isacson

      But when he sends monsters after the brotherhood of light, he also indiscriminately kills other people and justifies it with “meh, they’re in a better place now”. That’s pretty callous and evil, no?

      • Kemail

        True, but from what I’ve understood, he doesn’t go out of his way to just murder happily around. In the final cutscene of Lords of Shadow he seems secluded and hidden away from the world, not wanting to bother anymore with the world. He has done “questionable things”, as he puts it himself, but he is not as generic evil as the Dracula of the original games.

        Still evil, but more like “if you’re not in my way, I won’t insta-kill you”-kind of way.

        • Göran Isacson

          True, but in the end I guess it depends on how you can read him. I always read him as less REGRETFUL of the things he’s done, and more just… TIRED. Like, he doesn’t have it in him to actually feel empathy for anyone, he’s just turned into a miserly old grump who doesn’t want to deal with the hassle of having vampire hunters bang down his doors and stake him whenever he causes a fuss anymore.

          • Kemail

            I think that we can agree that Dracula has at least some depth into his character, instead of being evil for evil sake or that he needs to be evil, otherwise we couldn’t play as an anti-hero. With the older Castlevania games there’s was always this undertone of evilness, that we as players were setting out to “safe the world” from this evil. Lords of Shadow puts a reason to this evil, which I find appealing. In our world there’s no black and white and the world of Lords of Shadow seems also grey. A somewhat darker shade of grey perhaps, but both sides seem morally justified.

          • Göran Isacson

            Truth be told? I’m not sure I agree that Gabriel has a reason for his actions.

            I think that my main problem is that I’m having a hard time getting invested in his character because so much of the story seems to come from nowhere. I’m still not sure if Gabriel is the big bad Dracula because of his own choice, or if he’s just possessed by the Forgotten Ones power and that’s what’s making him evil. I have ZERO CLUE as to why the Order thought it necessary to hide his kid when they KNEW THE FREAKING FUTURE and could possibly try to change it, so it’s hard for me to get invested in his fight against the Brotherhood because so little about it makes any sense.

            So many things surrounding Gabriel just feel so… arbitrary that it’s hard for me to see the moral dilemmas here as “intentional gray”, instead of the writers just fumbling around and intentionally not comitting to whether Gabriel is a villain or an anti-hero or… ANYTHING.

          • Kemail

            That bit with Trevor is indeed shoehorned in.

            “We may suspect that Gabriel may kill you and turn evil, so we need his son to take revenge for you!”

            That’s really, really weak. Aside from that, Gabriel’s fight against the Brotherhood is somewhat understandable if you ask me. The Brotherhood seems to be the cause of all the monster outbreaks, because the old leaders were to busy ascending to angelhood to think of the possible consequences. The way Gabriel sees it, is that the Brotherhood as an organization is responsible for all the monster horror and that the world is better off without them.

            Personally I don’t think that the Forgotten One has anything to do with it, that the demon only served the purpose of making Gabriel stronger than a regular vampire. At least I hope so, they would immediately ruin the story by saying:

            “It wasn’t me, I was controlled by the mind of the Forgotten One all this time!”

          • Göran Isacson

            I’m actually kind of interested in what the Orders founders were thinking. After all, now that we have one of them as an “ally” (I really don’t know how to interpret Zobeks “old friend” line) maybe we can hear if they never really considered if their spell would turn out that bad, if they were manipulated into it or… well, what the deal was behind their decision. If there even was a deal, maybe they just genuinely didn’t plan ahead and just decided to be angels for the funsies.

            So while I do admit that the Brotherhoods founders has a whole lot of crap coming for them… they HAVE also been fighting said darkness for all the centuries after their founders messed up, and you’d think Gabriel would have SOME fond memories of his fellow battle brothers. I guess I just would like the Order to be fleshed out some more, as of right now they really do feel kind of comically stupid- their founders unleash Hell on Earth, and their current organization kidnap babies because…. step 3, profit!

            Yeah, I too personally hope that Gabriel is evil because of choice and not because of Forgotten One mindjacking him, but on the other hand I just… didn’t really FEEL his turn for evil, you know? You spend pretty much the whole game, DLC included, doing the heroic thing and saving the world from terrors, even if it IS pointed out that Gabriel is getting more and more tired of fighting in every stage, but at the same point I do kind of wished we had seen a bit more of a transition- it feels like he made this big, dramatic speech about redemption and goodness to Lucifer, but then BOOM- he decides to go Evil Conqueror as soon as he gets his hands on the Forgotten Ones power. It just feels a LIIITTLE bit weird, is all.

  • Freud_Hater

    Not a good guy? I dunno… He’s fighting Satan, isn’t he? Anyone who actively defies the personification of all evil ought to be at least kinda good, right?


    Well, let us hope they are going to be as skilled at hammering that point home as they were at hammering home how Castlevania is not longer a quality franchise.

  • Göran Isacson

    1:24 “The game started in a very light place” HA HA HA HA HA oh man no. Truth be told I was never very into Gabriel, since he was mostly just sullen and moody and came off like he never really cared for anything but getting his wife back… which come to think of it may have been on purpose since such a selfish character WOULD have had good grounds to turn into Dracula.

    BUT. The way they actually turned him into Dracula felt cheap and not connected to his personal development, and the way it felt like the game couldn’t decide if they wanted Gabriel to be a tragic hero or a villain in the making felt pretty weak and undecided. Gabriel was at his most entertaining when he let his sadistic side shine through, so if this game can present more of that and less wishy-washyness, I for one actually look forward to what they can produce here.

    3:34 hearing that “modern Draculas” story takes place during one night makes me a bit wary. Mirror Of Fate was also largely just one night (technically two) and that was… not quite as ambitious as Lords of Shadow, to put it mildly.

    About the combat, I shall have to wait and see on this. I for one liked the basics of the combat, but there were SO many combos and moves that just ended up being uneccessary or outright ineffecient in the original game. Like, there was really never any reason to do air-combos or large heavy swings or even anything but “whip three direct attacks and dodge roll out of the way”. Like, sometimes doing a launcher and a smash attack could be good, but mostly you just stuck to the same combo all throughout the game and it worked like a charm, with the occasional play wiht light magic to heal and dark magic to do some extra damage and weapons to handle the werewolves. Because goddamn. Those god damned Werewolves. So if the Void Sword takes the Light Magics place and the gauntlets take the Dark Magics place, I think that will be change for the better- it might help them diversify the game and actually give PURPOSE to different combos and approaches in combat, rather than just have them be inferior options to the easiest, most efficient combo. Looks like you still have a “Perfect Guard” move though…

    So essentially, a game more like Symphony of the Night in 3D, what with backtracking and abilities and such things. Sounds cool, just hope they can improve all the things I talked about. I do wonder what the possession ability will do to gameplay though, like will we be able to just bring an enemy into our fold as a helper, or will we just use it for puzzle purposes or what.

  • brian

    That girl is really cute.

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