Castlevania fans have gone through a lot over the past few years. The iconic franchise has seen something of a lull of late, with little to no news to get fans back into the spirit of monster slaying. Now though, Konami has partnered with Shengqu Games to work on a new Castlevania game for mobile, titled Moonlight Rhapsody.
The last mobile Castlevania game came out only last year and is already set to be discontinued, following an announcement only last month. Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls never even made it to a worldwide release, as it strangely was shut down while it was still in a beta release state.
Prominent video game tweeter Daniel Ahmad, the Senior Analyst at Niko Partners, unveiled the news of Moonlight Rhapsody via his Twitter account. Alongside his tweet was a short video that doesn’t give a whole lot to be analyzed in terms of what the game will be like. However, it will be a side-scrolling action game, keeping with Castlevania’s traditional roots. It will offer fans opportunities to have glimpses of what made the Castlevania series so great, with an open map with explorable routes and plenty of platforming gameplay. Castlevania monster fans will be pleased, as the game looks to offer plenty of battles with bosses and ghoulish creatures.
Chinese games company Shengqu Games will co-operate with Konami to develop and release a new Castlevania mobile title called 'Moonlight Rhapsody".
It is a a side scrolling action game that innovates on the original console games. Testing in China scheduled for this year. pic.twitter.com/CgAnHGTanN
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) July 28, 2020
Developer Shengqu Games are primarily known in China for Legend of Mir IP and was the publisher of Fallout Shelter Online in China. The partnership with Shengqu aims to continue Konami’s success in Chinese markets, with Contra Return (a mobile game by Tencent) and the PES football games doing well in that corner of the world.
Castlevania has seen arguably more success outside of gaming in the last few years. The Netflix series has performed well, with its third season recently released earlier this year. Potentially Castlevania’s biggest success of late wasn’t even a Castlevania game at all. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, made by Koji Igarashi, the producer of the widely-acclaimed classic Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, came out just over a year ago and revitalized the interest in the series it was inspired by. It received positive reviews, and with Konami’s current custody with the Castlevania franchise, looks to be the torchbearer for the series going forward.