While a new Castlevania game has yet to materialize, the next best thing for the franchise could be its upcoming crossover with roguelike Dead Cells. The upcoming Return to Castlevania expansion was announced last year during The Game Awards, and this week saw a new trailer released for what Motion Twin and Evil Empire calls the biggest Dead Cells DLC to date.
Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania will pit players against familiar enemies who are skulking about Dracula’s castle. There’ll be two new biomes to explore and 14 weapons to collect, including Castlevania favorites such as the Vampire Killer, Throwing Axe, and Holy Water. Each weapon has been given an overhaul, so expect these tools for dealing with the undead to fit into the fast-paced and frantic style of combat that Dead Cells is known for.
The expansion will be challenging as well, so expect to face tough gauntlets and showdowns with Dracula and Death. There’s even a new storyline to make sense of this crossover, as Return to Castlevania starts with Richard Belmont recruiting The Beheaded to explore Dracula’s home. Not for honor or duty, but mostly for the chance to score some sweet loot.
For audio fans of Castlevania, Motion Twin added that you can expect a rich score of 51 original Castlevania tunes, as well as 12 truly iconic tracks that have been reimagined in the style of Dead Cells.
There’s no firm release date yet for Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania, but it is expected to arrive later this year for PC and consoles. While Konami has yet to announce a new Castlevania game since 2014’s Lords of Shadows 2, at least one one AAA game developer would like to take a shot at the franchise. God of War Ragnarok game director Eric Williams recently commented that he is interested in producing a Castlevania game, and he told fans to lobby Konami to license the IP to make that dream a reality.
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