After 30 Years, Where Will Castlevania Go From Here?
It’s hard to believe, but the Castlevania series has been around for 30 years now.
On September 26, 1986, the first Castlevania game came out in Japan. In the 30 years since then, the series has grown considerably, with dozens of entries. One of the most iconic is Symphony of the Night, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary next October. Symphony of the Night changed the course of Castlevania gameplay and helped create the standard for what many people now call “Metroidvania” games.
In 2010, the series was rebooted with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. Lords of Shadow changed the gameplay considerably, and was followed by two sequels.
But where will Castlevania go from here? The most recent Lords of Shadow game saw a mixed reception, and many fans want to see the return of the series’ more traditional gameplay styles. It’s unclear if Konami has any immediate plans for the series at all. Meanwhile, in the world of indie games, former Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi is working on a spiritual successor to Castlevania called Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.
Castlevania’s future is uncertain, but it has a long history behind it. Thirty years ago, the very first game came out. Who would have thought at the time that it would create such a legacy?
If you want to celebrate Castlevania’s 30th anniversary by seeing where it all began, the original Castlevania can be bought from the Nintendo eShop Virtual Console for the Wii U, the 3DS, and the Wii. Many other classic Castlevania games are also available, along with some of the newer ones.
Have you played the original Castlevania, either 30 years ago when it first came out or more recently? Where do you think the series will go from here? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.