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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow for PS3: Getting to Know Gabriel

Dave Cox's Avatar + Posted by Dave Cox on Sep 23, 2010 // Producer, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

When designing Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, I often looked back at the original Castlevania for inspiration. I would remember the feelings I had as I traversed the dark, gloomy landscape and recall the wonderful music that would create an atmosphere quite unlike any other game of the time.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow for PS3

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow for PS3 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow for PS3

For me, Castlevania was always about lone warrior battling supernatural creatures with a whip. This was the core idea that when you strip away all the layers, is what remains true for the series even now. Of course, back then, games were far simpler and story lines, characters, and the rest were often secondary to the all-important gameplay.

Over the years, games have become more sophisticated and players have wanted deeper experiences and more far-reaching gameplay mechanics. Expectations for memorable characters and realistic environments often mean it’s much more difficult to find the core of a game and truly understand where something is coming from.

We decided early on that we would boil down that core idea and add layers on top but this time, we would add new layers along with some of the old. We knew we wanted Castlevania: Lords of Shadow to be about the Belmonts. We knew the main hero had to have a whip and not just any whip but a chain whip, just like the Belmonts of old. We knew series staples like daggers and holy water had to be in, too.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Vampire

We knew that we had to have brooding and dark environments. Underground caves, dank swamps, sewers, catacombs and not just be set in a castle. Just like the old games! We knew we would need a forbidding castle with clock towers, dining halls, libraries and the like to explore but we also wanted to give players cunning puzzles and items to find to make exploring much more interesting.

We wanted old characters to be in our universe, but somehow different. Somehow not what you would expect, but enough for you to see and feel the character anew. So when people say to me, this game doesn’t look like Castlevania… I simply reply, you need to look harder and deeper, because inside this game is the Castlevania you know and love. And yet it is new, reborn. You just have to look with better eyes!

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow for PS3

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow for PS3 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow for PS3

Gabriel Belmont is a lone warrior battling supernatural creatures with a whip. He is trying to bring back his dead wife to the world of the living. We have candles for you to whip, we have vampires, bats, zombies, werewolves, wargs. In fact, over 45 different enemies populate the game.

We have secondary weapons such as daggers and holy water. We have characters who some of you will recognize. We have a wonderful score that includes memorable Castlevania themes here and there that will give fans chills. But most of all, we have an open invitation to those of you who have never sampled the delights of Castlevania before.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow for PS3

The door is open and we want to welcome you in. Its going to be 20 hours of challenges, but you will be rewarded handsomely with a story that will deliver an epic re-imagining of the series for everyone to enjoy, not just fans.

Won’t you come in? The fire is raging and the master and his servants are home, waiting to give you a welcome you won’t soon forget!

Until next time…

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+ Sarno1605 on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:02 am said:

FIRST!


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+ bbonds_007 on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:03 am said:

*Cough* God of War rip *Cough*


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+ BlooodyCow on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:09 am said:

Meh. I have yet to play a 3D Castlevania that is even decent. When will developers and publisher learn that some franchise should stay in the 2D realm


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+ Rivithed on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:10 am said:

Can’t wait! Thanks for sharing this insight Dave! Please let us know when, and if, a North America demo is coming to the PSN! :)


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+ mastorofpuppetz on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:14 am said:

How can it be a god of war rip? Castlevania has been around much longer. Geez.


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+ kosluftar on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:15 am said:

Is the demo out for PS+ users?


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+ Vu_Prime on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:16 am said:

I’m already on the preorder bandwagon. Can’t wait for this beast!


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+ Sindred on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:17 am said:

Can PS+ users get the demo here like the guys in Europe did :D


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+ Nintendo451 on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:21 am said:

I’m incredibly excited for this game. I think this will succeed where other 3D Castlevania’s have failed specifically because it was designed and created by the heads at Konami. The fellows at MercurySteam have a completely new vision (along with the legendary Hideo Kojima) and they, while keeping familiar elements of the franchise, just made a new game.

I still don’t know what I’m going to get on the 5th of October, this or Enslaved. Just played the demo and was very impressed. Hope we can get one for this game too but unless the reviews are miserable, I’m getting this game no matter what. Just maybe not as soon as I want it.


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+ mrbananacheeks on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:21 am said:

I think it’s unfair to call it a God of War rip. Seeing as Lament of Innocence came out 2 years before God of War, and has a very similar control scheme. If anything, God of War is ripping the control scheme off of dozens of games that came before it. This game will be AWESOME


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+ fbX1978 on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:22 am said:

Hopefully this will change Castlevania’s 3D attempts and return Castlevania back to dominance! Last time I checked a small man fighting huge monsters was originated by Castlevania not GOW.


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+ LovelyDreamer on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:22 am said:

I can’t wait! This will be a definite buy for me. I’m a Castlevania junkie, and have been waiting for another installment in the series. I, just like the others, would love to play a demo of it. :D


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+ stlthriot on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:22 am said:

Looks and sounds absolutely amazing!
Hoping to go preorder it today at Best Buy! :)


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+ leoramen on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:27 am said:

when will the demo be available for US PSN+ Users?????? please don’t say is Europe only!!!


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+ J-Skee on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:28 am said:

I’m playing Symphony of the Night for the first now & it’s truly a great game. And after I’ve seen of Lords of Shadows, I’m convinced that it will be a day one purchase.


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+ Demontear on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:29 am said:

I hope this “revamp” doesnt ruin the series, as for the “God of War rip” Castlevania has been going since the late 80′s keeping with the trend of genre its well known for is hardly a rip off of a game that was created in 2005, get your facts straight ya?


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+ Nero_Beoulve on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:30 am said:

I read a gamer informer some time ago and I read a particular article on this very game. I wonder if it true that Hideo Kojima is actually helping with the development of this game.


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+ xAllanKx on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:32 am said:

too much players that don’t remember Castlevania’s over the N64 (or maybe are newbies on videogames).

I want this game so much looks awesome, btw the demo it’s out on the EU ps store for ps+ users T_T


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+ MagneticZero on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:34 am said:

Although I don’t take this negatively, this is a semi-GOW ripoff. Even though castlevania has been around since before I can remember do me a favor. Look at that top picture and tell me that isn’t a less badass looking kratos swinging around a bigass dude with a chain with some sort of weapon on the end.


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+ joseph2411 on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:35 am said:

I have it pre-ordered already, i just want the demo to have a taste of how awesome it is!


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+ Jeigh on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:50 am said:

Is there… a Kratos skin? XD

Nah, I’m just screwing with you. Yes, you guys are pretty much lifting the God of War formula, but if EA can do it (Dante’s Inferno) without too much flak, the guys who exclusively brought us MGS4 are fine by me.

Sure, you can argue that God of War was simply a blending of previously created game elements, but the specific blend/combination, cinematic/thematic/graphical style and quality-level of execution are undeniablly GoW. Such outstanding quality is precisely what inspires others to… “create homages.” Honestly, I think if they actually gave the PS3 an exclusive Kratos-skin, they’d only be helping their case; instead of plagiarism, it’s just a work-cited.


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+ Arsic on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:57 am said:

God of War was a rip off of Lament of Innocence and that was a Castlevania game that came out before God of War.


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+ Jaded_Dragon on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:58 am said:

I put my pre-order as soon as I saw the first trailers. The game looks great. As a note, to all the people calling this game (among others) as “GoW rip-offs”, God of War was not an original idea, it was a refinement on a genre (3D action) that was poor utilized.
There really aren’t many new game ideas anymore, so as long as the game is good, who cares if they took inspiration from other games.


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+ Zezzler on September 23rd, 2010 at 8:58 am said:

Already Pre-Ordered my Limited Edition from EBgames! cannot wait to play this fantastic game~


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+ LokeSTL on September 23rd, 2010 at 9:00 am said:

Used to play the originals as a kid, but moved to the Legacy of Kain & Soul Reaver series’ for my vamp fix. I’ve gotta say that this look, design, and description of gameplay is calling to me. If the gameplay is similar to Darksiders, I may just have to get this sooner than later. I’m hoping for a demo to get a taste. Either way, I will be buying this at some point.


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+ zombie9 on September 23rd, 2010 at 9:06 am said:

This game will rock Some of the MGS team has worked on this too. I can’t wait and will be first in line to pick up my copy. been waiting a long time for a NEW Castlevaina game.
(GOW rip off some of you people need to grow up):)


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+ YJDO on September 23rd, 2010 at 9:11 am said:

It is kind of a God Of Warish gamestyle but i’m totally ok with that since i love God Of War lol
More God Of War without it actually being GOW is a-okay for me


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+ Hyrgola on September 23rd, 2010 at 9:12 am said:

Hey bbonds_007, any God of War is Kick-Ass but Castlevania is older; this will be my October time-eater …


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+ GooDer_gAMe on September 23rd, 2010 at 9:17 am said:

Cant wait for this game partly due to Kojima’s influence. Kojima is an awesome beast.


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+ Thrasher20 on September 23rd, 2010 at 9:21 am said:

OMG thank you guys, you guys made my Fall. Got to thank Jeff, Sid, and Rey for letting you guys post. This has been my most requested blog post. Thank you thank you thank you! Cannot wait any longer for this magnificent game! Played it at E3 2010 and definitely was my favorite in the show room


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+ SpiritThief on September 23rd, 2010 at 9:26 am said:

Got to have length, exploration and some unlockable characters.

Calling it Castlevania doesn’t make it a instant buy for me. Unless its 2D.

I hope this is good and not just some GoW clone with a CV skin.

Now start putting out Classic CV’s on PSN!


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+ Caudill on September 23rd, 2010 at 9:28 am said:

Castlevania is by far one of my favourite series of all time. I’ve played every single one and while the 3D entries aren’t as excellent as the 2D masterpieces, this one really looks like it might be the one to change that.

Day one buy for me, has been since it was announced.


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+ OrochiBebop on September 23rd, 2010 at 9:36 am said:

Hmmm funny how he mentions everything Castlevania which i truly love and can’t wait to break the game deep inside to find

But if this game doesn’t follow castlevania’s core gameplay mechanic how can it be castlevania…

I know ish gotta change because of the transfer to 3d but combo systems and wall scaling and jumping similar to prince of persia will not do it

I won’t judge a game it’s cover but i am skeptic until i experience gameplay

GoW made not have been first but it was first to make it worse and since then it seems like fantasy games have taken a turn for the worst… It’s not hard to be different in action adventure despite what any of you say
*sigh* crossed fingers hope it’s successful … I love Castlevania and Can I have another Soma based game please lol


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+ Johnny-Wacko on September 23rd, 2010 at 9:36 am said:

I’m surprised people aren’t tired of calling this a GoW clone by now. C’mon. Sure, it’s definitely is using the same sort of control scheme but who the hell cares? GoW was awesome, this looks awesome. GoW was really fun to play, so I know this is gonna really fun to play. I actually like the fact that it looks a lot like GoW. I can’t wait to play this.


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+ PhillyTheCat on September 23rd, 2010 at 9:41 am said:

first of all, let me start by saying that the first to comments should be eliminated without hesitation! @#1~ grow up >> @#2~wrong try again. now that I said that…WOW WOULD YOU JUST LOOK AT THIS AMAZING CASTLEVANIA GAME!!! finally another 3D future classic. yes, I said that. I am an old school fan of all the CV games created. They are the best series of games ever created in my opinion. It’s out 2 days after my bday, I may just have to buy a PS3 afterall. My PSP would not be touched for a long time, months after GoW~GoS is delivered to my house. Very Niiice work Dave Cox and team!!


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+ jh6269 on September 23rd, 2010 at 9:48 am said:

I was going to skip this game b/c Vanquish is coming out later in the same month, but the $20 Amazon credit pushed me over the edge and I got it pre-ordered (the Limited Edition).

Please let this be as great of a game as it looks!


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+ Blan2 on September 23rd, 2010 at 9:51 am said:

You can read a mini review of the PS + demo here:

http://vg2live.com/?p=1495

it´s in Spanish but you can translate it in the website

It seems to have GOW gameplay mechanics?


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+ BigBoss712 on September 23rd, 2010 at 10:04 am said:

Never been into the castlevania series but this one is looking pretty solid.


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+ x9248 on September 23rd, 2010 at 10:20 am said:

We need a demo!


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+ Neil on September 23rd, 2010 at 10:24 am said:

Aside from Vanquish this is my most anticipated game for this holiday.


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+ Mobius_124 on September 23rd, 2010 at 10:27 am said:

game looks great, cant wait to play it


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+ Sarno1605 on September 23rd, 2010 at 10:41 am said:

Jebus Guys! Their is no such thing as an original idea anymore. Everything looks like something else. That’s just business!


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+ Glacier928 on September 23rd, 2010 at 10:41 am said:

Being a massive Castlevania fan, I had to pre-order the Collector’s Edition for this game…cannot wait to play this on October 5th! The game is looking outstanding and I’m hearing that, even though reviews can’t be released yet, the game is scoring over 90%!


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+ Xideo on September 23rd, 2010 at 10:41 am said:

I hope you’ll release the soundtrack out here. The music sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to play this!


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+ Chuckbait on September 23rd, 2010 at 10:50 am said:

Will there be custom soundtracks? A Demo available before release? If not to the latter question, then it makes me suspicious. Also, not responding to any comments doesn’t bode well.

Thank you, I hope this game is sick!


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+ StarFoxMania on September 23rd, 2010 at 11:08 am said:

Dear Mr. Cox, let me just say THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL THE HARD WORK that it must have been to make a game like this turn into reality. Despite all the gow rip-iff (who obviously come from very ignorant ppl) negative comments, I pre-ordered the special edition and paid it in full even thought the retailer said even a $5 deposit would do. I said no, cause if I forget my wallet that day, I’ll be really damn pissed :) This is my most anticipated game. The ppl who say this is a gow rip-off are completely ignorant. It’s the same ppl who can’t tell the difference between grunge/alternative music and heavy metal (trust me they’re out there). It’s liek calling all shooters a rip-off of each. You do the exact same thing and they’re always mapped to the same buttons: L1 to zoom, R1 to shoot, grenade on l2 or r2, etc, blah blah blah. Should we accuse …let’s see guerrilla games for ripping off infinity ward? God that would be so stupid……so the same thing happens with melee action game, you have to assign an attack to a certain button. Whether it’s the same button that some other game used, who gives a damn?


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+ StarFoxMania on September 23rd, 2010 at 11:09 am said:

I personally think this game will put god of war to shame and is the only game that I have been impatient to get my hands on since the times of soul reaver 2. Speaking of soul reaver games, you know, judging from the TGS 2010 trailer I sense that the story will be some cheesy cliche’ affair. I highly recommend you gusy get together with the only genius in the gaming industry (drum roll please) Amy Hennig. If games like this had a the powerful pen of Miss amy behind their story, then they would be masterpieces that stay forever with you. Even though she seems to be enjoying her time with naughty dog, I know that deep within she longs to write a story like that of raziel and kain’s. I would prefer her to work with studios like you then studios that are eager to jump on the ever-so-common SHOOTER bandwagon, which is unfortunately what naughty dog is doing. Please collaborate with her in the future. PLEASE! That would me 2nd wish since crystal dynamics doesn’t seem to be wanting to join forces back with her.


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+ StarFoxMania on September 23rd, 2010 at 11:11 am said:

I am sorry for the quick typos. The more I want to say the more I rush typing. I wish we had an edit button :(


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+ MattyR09 on September 23rd, 2010 at 11:17 am said:

Castlevania and god of war aren’t rip-offs, so shutup.


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+ Kchow23 on September 23rd, 2010 at 11:21 am said:

Actually… I remember David Cox saying that they are TAKING THINGS back… so technically whatever game you compare it to THEY have been ripping off Castlevania. This game looks awesome and it sure is a Day 1 buy for me and I am not a Castlevania fan :)


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