What Is The Future Of Castlevania? Developers Revealed The Future Of The Franchise

Alisa Barladyan
15 Jan 2022
13:54

Nothing is forever. Even the most famous stories meet an end. It became known recently that the NieR series is ending. We can not wait for the sequel until the fans have raised money for Yoko Taro. Suddenly, Konami that created the world of Castlevania, decided to make a statement too. Users have had time to assume that the vampire saga will end. Yet recently, the franchise has celebrated its thirty-fifth anniversary, a decent age for a gaming retirement. But that wasn't the case. It turned out that Konami still has some strength and need for revenue.

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Anniversary And NFT Collection

The series of games celebrated the respectable date in last year's September. It would seem that it is enough to feel nostalgic for the pixel Vampire Killer platformer. The game was released in '86 and became the cornerstone of the Castlevania series. Konami decided not to be petty and released two compilations for fans. The owners of PC and consoles got Castlevania Advance Collection. This is a set of four games with blood, murder, and violence. Apple Arcade owners received a present too. They got Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls, a side-scrolling action game. Nice presents, just in time for the birthday.

But even that was not enough for the developers. Konami puzzled the public with the announcement... of the Castlevania NFT-collection. Fourteen unique tokens will go up for auction this January. They include sets of unique illustrations and soundtracks. Users are actively joking that Konami has decided to sell air.

The NFT story was one of the major industry scandals of the past year. Opinions on the subject were far too radically divided. Yousef Fares, who created the world of It Takes Two was the most critical. He said he'd rather shoot himself in the knee than add a token to the game. Just yesterday, Sega abandoned NFT too. Gamers criticized the company for that. Since the last spring, the eco-activists have been talking about the non-interchangeable tokens which harm nature.

At the same time, the retailer GameStop's stock skyrocketed after announcing the NFT units' creation. So, the issue remains highly controversial. Very few people appreciated Konami's attempt to come into a new market. Even with the old Castlevania game.

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What The Coming Day Has For Us

Users had time to think that the NFT news from the developers would run out. But it was not the case. Konami made a word about the future of the legendary series. They said that they intend to "follow the public's wishes". So they intend to gather material for... future games?

There's no rush to send Castlevania to retirement. But don't expect a release soon, either. The games series will live on. As of now, it will leave in freezing mode. In October, there were rumors, that the developers are aimed at premium games. Also, journalists promised a reimagining of the giant series. These include Metal Gear, Castlevania, and Silent Hill. Users didn't appreciate the news. The latest episodes of the stories had questionable success. Many gamers criticize Konami for "ruined childhood games".

Therefore, the news about the future life of Castlevania did not cause a burst of joy, too. Sometimes it's better to stop in time. Thirty-five years is already a decent amount of time. The last games of the series received relatively good reviews. We are talking about Lord of Shadows for PC and consoles and Grimoire of Souls in Apple Arcade. But all the reviews follow the same pattern. "Not bad, almost like the first episodes," "being a fan, I haven't enjoyed the franchise for a long time," and things like that. Miserable fifty-four points at Metacritic confirm such reviews. Yes, it's not bad. Yes, it's playable. But Konami either slips into self-replication or spoils the game. Isn't it the right time to send Vampires to retirement?

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