Konami officially announced the next Castlevania game last night during their Gamer’s Night ’08 in San Francisco. Dracula is back again, but this time years after the Belmont family has disappeared. The lead character, Shenoa, is a female, which is a first (technically second I think, the other game with a female character was removed from the official timeline for some reason). She’s a member of the Order of Ecclesia, a group who is all about killing Dracula.
The game uses a new glyph system, allowing Shenoa to equip a glyph in each hand and one on her back. I wonder why they decided to allow her to equip a glyph on her back and not on her legs or something, just seems kind of different. Also, Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia Announced will feature multiple endings.
I’m really excited, I love all these handheld Castlevania games. I’m liking that they aren’t using the anime style from Portrait of Ruin, that needed to go. Also, it’s interesting to see these leaked screenshots were the real deal.
KONAMI ANNOUNCES CASTLEVANIA: ORDER OF ECCLESIA FOR NINTENDO DS™
Legendary Vampire Hunting Action Series Returns with New Attack System and Outdoor Environments; Marking Its 3rd Installment on Nintendo DS™
El Segundo, Calif. – May 14th, 2008 – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia exclusively for Nintendo DS™. Introducing the all-new Glyph attack system, players will be able to use special attack combinations as they attempt to defeat Dracula and his horde. Also introduced to the series are new outdoor locales ranging from forests to the ocean, giving players the chance to explore outside of Dracula’s Castle. Developed by legendary Castlevania producer Koji “Iga” Igarashi, Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia is poised to set a new standard for side scrolling action on DS™.
“We have always felt that the Castlevania franchise has been an excellent fit on Nintendo DS, and based on the popularity of the DS classics, Dawn of Sorrow and Portrait of Ruin, our fans agree,” said Anthony Crouts, Vice President of Marketing for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “We fully expect Order of Ecclesia to ignite the fan base once again as it combines the classic Castlevania gameplay with an all-new combat system and outdoor environments.”
In Order of Ecclesia players take the role of a member of the Ecclesia, an organization that has sworn to defeat the evil forces of Dracula. By using the new Glyph attack system, players can unleash more than 100 different combinations to battle Dracula’s minions throughout 20 explorable areas. Utilizing the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection™, players can choose to compete head-to-head, or trade items and equipment they have found while exploring the environments. Multiple endings that can be unlocked depending on how they player completes the game adds even more replay value to the game with plenty of addictive exploration, combat and items to discover.
Developed by Konami, Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia is planned for release on Nintendo DS™ in Fall 2008. For more information on the games, please visit: www.konami.com.
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