Having worked as producer across Lords of Shadow and its sequel, as well as Mirror of Fate which serves to bridge them, producer David Cox has indicated that the days of traditional 2D Castlevania titles are “gone.”
That is largely due to Konami’s desire for the series to become mainstream once again, with Cox discussing his belief that the move to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One means that there’s expectation “for big, epic games.”
“I think those days [of 2D Castlevania games] are gone, yes. I think hardcore gamers would love to play another 2D Castlevania, but the reality is that it’s a very niche market and Konami really want this series to be mainstream again,” Cox explained.
He continued, “We took this direction in order to reach that bigger audience, otherwise we would have carried on with the 2D approach. That’s not to say I don’t think there will ever be another 2D game in the series, it might happen but just not from MercurySteam.
“When you look at the future on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, I don’t think people want to play 2D games on those consoles. Core gamers may still want something like that, but there’s an expectation among the wider public for big, epic games.”