Apparently, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is already underway, the news coming via Spanish radio, from Oscar Araujo, the composer of the game’s soundtrack. According to Araujo, Konami asked for a rough and aggressive score to contrast with the old, effeminate image often found in the Castlevania series. Currently, Konami has offered no comment on the alleged sequel.
Lords of Shadow itself was just released on October 5, so I am not surprised Konami does not want to talk about a sequel just yet, even if Lords of Shadow is receiving generally positive reviews. But I am also not surprised that work has already started on the sequel. Games take a good bit of time to make and while it may be a financial gamble, it seems like publishers and developers need to start working on a sequel as soon as possible after the initial game ships, especially if both games are going to be made by the same studio and ship within one to two years of each other.
But gamers that have already fallen in love with Lords of Shadow — marveling at how the series has handled stair walking and whipping in 3D environments — and are ready for the next installment, should likely take Araujo’s comments with a grain of salt. Even if Konami has him working on the game’s soundtrack, and even if MercurySteam is plugging away on a follow-up entry, a lot of things likely still need to happen before the game gets into gamers’ hands. Heck, even if Konami itself confirmed the game, that does not necessarily mean it will ever see the light of day. I think announced games like Too Human 2 and 3 illustrate that point. Those games, long ago announced but never really seeing the light of day, along with games like NBA Elite 11, demonstrate a game does not really “exist” until it is on shelves and in gamers’ hands.
That does not mean, however, we cannot get excited about a game. And it certainly does not mean Lords of Shadow 2 will not see the light of day either (even if Dracula never can). At this point, it appears to be just the opposite, as it looks like all things are “go” for Lords of Shadow 2.
Ranters, what do you think? Are you excited about a sequel to Castlevania: Lords of Shadow? What areas/aspects of the game did you love and what areas/aspects do you think could be improved for the sequel? Let us know in the comments below.