Konami Explains Why Mercury Steam Will Be Leaving The Castlevania Universe Behind

Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2
Despite the fact that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is one of the most anticipated titles of 2013, Mercury Steam – the studio that is currently developing the latest Castlevania games – is not willing to produce any further games based on the Castlevania universe. This may come as a surprise to some but according to Dave Cox, head of UK Studio at Konami Digital Entertainment and Producer of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Series, both Mercury Steam and Konami want to simply move forward and explore new universes.
As Dave Cox tweeted:
“When I said we are done with Castlevania, it’s because we want to move forward with MercurySteam on a new project in a new universe.”
Dave Cox has also explained that decision, claiming that Konami is ‘extremely happy with Mercury Steam‘ and that ‘it has enormous faith in them as a developer‘.
But what about the fate of the Castlevania franchise? Cox hinted at a new studio replacing Mercury Steam, though nothing has been confirmed as of yet:
“What happens with Castlevania after LOS is not clear but we hope to leave it in the best of health for those who come after us.”
In short, it may take a while until we see a new Castlevania title. What is established, though, is that Mercury Steam will be moving forward and will develop a new IP for Konami.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is planned for release later this year on PC, X360 and PS3!