Castlevania: Mirror of Faith coming exclusively to 3DS says report

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow released in 2010 to a bit of a mixed reception. Some people adored the game for its incredible art direction, and others panned it as a me-too God of War clone (we adored it.) Gamers in the former camp may have reason to be excited about the apparently impending announcement of Castlevanie: Mirror of Faith.

The 3DS title showed up on a Dutch website's E3 2012 appointment schedule and was noticed by posters on NeoGAF. So first of all, huzzah, because it looks like we're getting a Castlevania game on the 3DS.

It gets even more interesting when you look at the details though. The only details we currently have are that David Cox and Enric Alvarez (the producer and writer/director of Lords of Shadow, respectively) will reportedly be leading the charge this time instead of the mastermind of Castlevania's recent 2D installments, Koji Igarashi.

On its face, that's evidence of nothing. But we're extremely excited about the possibility that the upcoming 3DS game could be inspired by Lords of Shadow (if not a sequel or spiritual successor to it.) Konami may be looking to keep Castlevania in the realm of 3D now that they've finally figured out how to do it.

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  • IceBlueKirby - May 21, 2012 9:19 p.m.

    2D or 3D, it doesn't matter to me...I'll have to check it out. A 2D Castlevania would be spectacular, but even with the 3DS hardware, they could make a 3D game on par with Curse of Darkness, which was great, so I think I'll be happy no matter what they do.
  • slimjim441 - May 21, 2012 9:09 p.m.

    If this is going to be 3DS exclusive, I can almost guarantee that it's not the sequel to LoS. After seeing the possibilities for visual design in LoS, there's no way 3DS hardware can compete, making the sequel automatically less. I'm not a graphics whore, but just try to tell me that the Three Towers level, all the Vampire Castle levels, and just about the whole damn game wouldn't look like garbage on a 3DS, even with the 3D turned off. But I digress; if I had to put money down, I'd say Mirror of Faith is going to be a 2D Metroidvania style game. I would hope for it to be the much anticipated 1999 story, involving Julius, possibly the most powerful Belmont of all time. Either way, I'm already pissing my pants over this game, no matter which story line it falls into, and will undoubtedly be picking up the minute it releases. Fun fact: this will be the 15th Castlevania title to include the word 'of.'
  • Supermanoh - May 21, 2012 4:21 p.m.

    If it were hand-drawn, 2D Metroidvania goodness, then I would be all in without any reservations. I would buy a 3DS just for that game. As it is, Lords of Shadow was underrated and loathed by many for reasons I didn't fully sympathize with. I liked it, more than I did God of War (in most parts). I won't complain about a 3D game, but a 2D game would be much better.
  • Cyberninja - May 21, 2012 4:09 p.m.

    Please be 2D.
  • garnsr - May 21, 2012 4:09 p.m.

    Castlevania has gotten me to buy portable systems since the GBA, but I didn't like Lords of Shadow that much, so I'm not sure this will convince me to pick up a 3DS. Maybe it'll end up being as good as the great portable Castlevanias so far, though.
  • BladedFalcon - May 21, 2012 3:37 p.m.

    I was about to soil myself when when it was coming to a portable device, meaning that they would probably return to it's 2d pixelated glory... Then i read it's probably being handled by Cox and Not Igarashi. So the soiling switched to just a mildly excited smile. I actually really liked Lords of Shadow... But it's not the kind of Castlevania game I love and adore. If it's a 3d Castlevania from MercurySteam, I'll be keeping an eye on it, and be somewhat excited for it... If it's a 2D sprite Castlevania, I would buy a 3DS as soon as possible.
  • birdro - May 21, 2012 4:10 p.m.

    Exact same boat I'm in, the DS castlevanias were perfect, so I immediately imagined that, though the LOS picture confused me. I love Gabriel, but trying to do that style of game on a console that can pull off the classic style perfectly would be a shame in my opinion, but part of me is just scared that the classic style is dying.

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