ECTS 2003: Castlevania Lament Of Innocence info and images
Konami today released new details about the Playstation 2 Castlevania game, plus about 20 new screenshots.

- Konami of Europe today exhibited at the ECTS event in London the new Castlevania game – the first to hit the Playstation 2, and considered a “new beginning to the series” by the developers.

Castlevania (still titled Castlevania: Lament Of Innocence in North America) has been created by Koji Igarashi and the development team behind past Castlevania titles. The first fully 3D title of the series, the game promises to translate into a richly detailed, spectacular 3D environment the 2D basis that made Castlevania games unique.

Castlevania for the Playstation 2 is a prequel to the events seen in previous games of the series; the game follows the story of Leon Belmont – the forefather of the series’ Belmont clan – and unveils how the family became locked forever in their eternal battle against the vampires. When his beloved Sara mysteriously disappears, Leon embarks on a journey to rescue her, armed with a whip – the weapon that any fan of Castlevania has learned to love. The game also includes five different sub-weapons including holy water, a dagger, a cross, an axe, and a magic crystal. Leon can also find seven orbs that combined with ancient relics can generate powerful offensive moves. More than 80 species of enemies and hundreds of rooms should make of Castlevania a truly big game.

Castlevania will be released for PlayStation 2 early 2004 in Europe, while it seems the game is still scheduled for a Fall 2003 release in North America. Rest tuned for more information.

In the meanwhile, take a look at the screenshots in our gallery.

(Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2003, 4:27PM GMT)

- Harry

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