Castlevania: Curse of Darkness announced
Konami announces the next Castlevania for PlayStation 2.

- Konami announced today that Castlevania: Curse of Darkness for the PlayStation 2 will be available worldwide in fall 2005. The game will introduce many entirely new gameplay features and a different storyline.

Unlike previous installments, the game will not focus on the struggle between Dracula and the Belmont Clan. Castlevania: Curse of Darkness will introduce a new storyline and a new main character - Hector, one of the two Devil Forgemasters who had once refined his skills under Dracula.

Disillusioned with the ideals of his mentor, Hector fled Vallachia to pursue a more normal life, leaving Dracula vulnerable to the Belmonts. Now, three years after Dracula was defeated in battle, the magic power of the curse released upon his death has infected all of Europe. As the continent succumbs to pestilence, heresy and mob violence, Isaac a former friend and fellow Devil Forgemaster suddenly appears. Believing their master's death was a result of Hector's betrayal, Isaac implicates his friend's beloved in a deadly witch trial. Fueled by revenge, Hector sets off on a journey to his former home, which is now completely morphed in dark magic, to confront Isaac.

Using his Devil Forgery abilities, Hector can forge loyal allies - "Innocent Devils". Each devil can develop unique abilities needed to explore the environments, avoid traps, and defeat powerful enemies. Overall, players can forge 30 evolving allies, while Hector's strength will increase as he progresses in the adventure.

"Castlevania: Curse of Darkness takes the series in a fresh new direction complete with new heroes and villains," says Hans-Joachim Amann, Head of Product Management of Konami of Europe. "The conflict between Hector and Isaac will allow players to explore Dracula's inner sanctum from a different perspective and provide fans of the Castlevania series plenty of new gameplay experiences to enjoy. "

We have the first screenshots of Castlevania: Curse of Darkness in our gallery.

(Posted: Friday, January 28, 2005, 4:43PM GMT)

- Harry

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