June 29, 2022

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 – Artwork!

Konami sneak out a minimal but interesting concept artwork for the new, upcoming Castlevania game.  Interesting, considering I was one of the few who actually didn’t like Lord of Shadow, that I’m actually once again rather excited to see what they come up with for this…

So the first artwork of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 has been released. And… it says very little.

With a link provided stating “The Dragon Returns” (probably a reference to Vlad the Impaler, aka Dracula), it seems more likely that we are indeed going to be returning to the Dracula-themed roots of the series. And part of me would be fine with that, if not for how Castlevania has been treated in recent years.

As I stated in another article, Castlevania has a unique problem in that it has never succeeded critically when it has deviated from its “Metroidvania” roots. Lords of Shadow 2 (If it even gets called that, seeing as the Lords of Shadow died in the first game – this is hardly a spoiler so don’t give me that look!) can no longer keep trying to be other games – God of War, Devil May Cry etc. And it can no longer even go back to what it was, as From Software moved in with Dark Souls whilst Konami and Team Kojima were fishing around trying to ape other, better games.

We’re a week away from knowing. In defence of Lords of Shadow however, whilst the game is pretty average it does have one of the best ending payoffs in recent memory. Which is nice…

Lords of Shadow 2 - Artwork Teaser



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