By Jeffrey Matulef

According to a recent report at Paul Gale Network (who leaked PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale before anyone else), Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is in the works for Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PS Vita, and Nintendo Wii.


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By Jeffrey Matulef

Konami has revealed a new Castelvania game in the works, according to Dutch website, N1ntendo (translated by NeoGAF user Sadist). The upcoming Castlevania: Mirror of Faith will be a 3DS exclusive, set to be shown at this year's E3 in two weeks.


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by John Constantine

When Hideo Kojima walked on stage at Konami’s E3 press conference this afternoon, announcing that he was going to be showing off four games that Kojima Productions is working on, you could literally hear the crowd start holding their breath. They let out that breath as screams when the fourth game turned out to be ‘Castlevania: Lords of Shadow’.


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Paul W.S. Anderson's work on the "Resident Evil" movies creates polarizing reactions. That hasn't stopped him from still working with games.

The writer-director has been trying to get  "Castlevania" movie off the ground for years.

But last year's writer's strike, combined with a looming threat of an actor's strike, means "Castlevania" has been sidetracked, he told IGN Movies.

"We still want to make the movie, but I can't say we're going into production in January or anything like that," said Anderson. "It's a project that everybody likes. I love the videogame. I think the script is really strong. Everyone is really enthusiastic about it, but we're still in the process of deciding when the movie gets shot."

Anderson has also been tied to a "Spy Hunter" adaptation, but the submitted script wasn't strong and he's since removed himself from the project.

A "Castlevania" delay means changes could still be made. If you were in charge of the "Castlevania" movie, what would you want to include?

Fan reaction to the fighter-influenced "Castlevania Judgment" was mixed, but "Castlevania" fans are still clamoring for Koji Igarashi's latest 2D adventure on the DS.

"Castlevania" fans have also begged Igarashi for a traditional "Castlevania" title for consoles.

While such a fanboy dream still remains unrealized, Igarashi told me at E3 last week that he's very interested in Nintendo's WiiWare service.

"I'm definitely interested in WiiWare and I think it's one of the areas that 2D can still be very strong at," said Igarashi. "I'm very much looking into that."

Readers, what do you want from Igarashi on WiiWare? Make your voices heard!

Few people expected Koji Igarashi's "Castlevania Judgement" would be similar to a fighting game. Igarashi knew fans would be surprised -- but many said they were let down.

"I had expectations about the kind of reaction," he told MTV Multiplayer last week at E3.

Igarashi has headed up the "Castlevania" series for many years, having achieved quick popularity while working on "Symphony of the Night." With his latest creation, a departure from the "Castlevania" standard, he anticipated a mixed response.

"When you have a franchise like this, that's become popular in a certain type of game style and you change that so drastically, I understand the responses is going to be negative," he said. "I also felt a lot of the response was, I guess, unjustified in the sense that they based their [response] on just hearing about it or maybe seeing a couple of screen shots and making a whole assumption."

So, now that you've seen "Castlevania Judgement," has your opinion changed?

Fanboys, prepare to rumble.

Koji Igarashi, head of the "Castlevania" franchise, has told this reporter his thoughts on "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."

The verdict? "Personally, I loved the movie," said Igarashi. "But this time around the story took a very weird arc with -- instead of magic and mystic things, it's like…aliens?! I think that might have thrown a lot of people off."

I couldn't stop there, though. I had to make Igarashi pick a side. What's his favorite "Indiana Jones" movie? It took him a few moments before he decided to answer.

"I like the second one, 'Temple of Doom,' a lot" he said, throwing me a curve ball. "But my favorite has to be 'Raiders of the Last Ark.'"

Good call, Iga.

Castlevania Wii"Castlevania" producer Koji Igarashi is a big fan of whips. He even carries one around with him on occasion. But he won't be making a Wii game centered on a whip. Not yet, anyway.

At last week's Konami media event, I asked Igarashi if he'd made any progress on coming up with a way to make "Castlevania" work on the Wii.

"In regards to using the Wiimote as a whip, I still think it's going to get tiring after a while," he said. "Like I said [in the past], waving the whip around, waving the Wiimote, I still feel the same. But using the Wii, I have been thinking about different ways. I see it as a viable platform, the more and more I think about it."

Sounds like we might have an Igarashi-produced Wii game yet -- even if it doesn't involve taking out Dracula along the way.

Castlevania: Order of EcclesiaKoji Igarashi has been involved in 11 different "Castlevania" games, most of them 2D. His latest is "Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia" for the Nintendo DS.

Despite his experience, making an all-new 2D "Castlevania" game hasn't become any easier, developer and Indiana Jones fan Igarashi told MTV Multiplayer last week. It's actually become more difficult.

"Making a quality 2D game is really tough," he said. "The reason why it's tough is that even though I've been doing it for a long time, each time I do it I have to do it better. Fans expect something more. Just to keep them happy and to meet my own expectations, I have to try that much harder."

"Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia" introduces new stylus-based magic to the formula, in addition to exploration elements that allow players to traverse through several locales throughout the story but still retain that "castle" feel.

But "Order of Ecclesia" is still the 10th time Igarashi has made a 2D "Castlevania." Doesn't that tire him?


Koji IgarashiKoji Igarashi came to America a few weeks too early. He won't have a chance to take in a screening of "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" for some time.

The father of modern "Castlevania" came to Konami's media event in San Francisco last night with a whip in hand to announce the latest Nintendo DS platformer, "Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia." The same whip was at the table where I interviewed him.

With the latest "Indiana Jones" adventure arriving in theaters next week, I asked Igarashi if he was a fan -- he said very much so. Responding with a loud "Ooooooh!" and raised eyebrows, he followed that with a look of disappointment. He's flying back to Japan later this week, so he'll have to wait for the Japanese release.

Sorry, Iga! Look for more with Iga -- including an update on whether he's figured out a way to make "Castlevania" finally work on the Wii -- next week.

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