Castlevania is one of Konami's most famous and beloved franchises, and will be dear to any seasoned Nintendo player; games like Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, Super Castlevania IV and Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow are incredible video games, and the series has enjoyed an especially fruitful association with Nintendo during its long history.
However, following the disappointing critical reaction to Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, Konami placed the series in stasis - until now, that is. Yes, we're getting a new Castlevania game - but before you get too excited, it's only coming to Apple's iOS.
Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls is set in a future where "Count Dracula has been completely destroyed", but "a single letter delivered to Genya Arikado... put an end to that peaceful era". The words “The Grimoire has run wild and Count Dracula will be resurrected” are written inside, triggering a quest to discover the author and solve the mystery.
As well as Arikado, who previously appeared in Aria of Sorrow and Dawn of Sorrow, the game features fan favourites such as Alucard, Simon Belmont and Maria Renard, and will have a focus on four-player co-op and competitive play. It appears to adopt the same side-scrolling gameplay seen in Symphony of the Night and the GBA and DS trilogies, but with 2.5D visuals instead of hand-drawn 2D. Classic tracks from the series will be included, and you'll also be able to bring the dead back to life using special powers.
We have to admit it all looks pretty decent - especially for a smartphone game - and given the high volume of mobile titles arriving on Switch, there's a chance this could be adapted for Nintendo's system in the future. In the meantime however, we can't help but feel a little disappointed that Konami isn't focusing on making this a AAA console release; the series certainly deserves that much.
You can sign up on the game's official page to be notified when it launches in Japan; there's no solid release date as yet.