After getting our hopes up, Xbox 360 Fanboy is crushing our spirits with the news that another Castlevania port is highly unlikely.
When speaking with the current producer on the Castlevania series, Koji Igarashi, 1UP was able to discover why XBLA won't be getting any more Castlevania after already getting Symphony of the Night. Igarashi gave the following explanation:
There are two reasons why I am reluctant to create a game for such channels: 1. The price is frankly too low for what we'd want to do, and 2. Most of the next gen players are expecting really high fidelity games, so I'm really not eager to go that route.
In other words, too much cost and not enough return. He also says that the XBLA version of Castlevania: SOTN "did well" but maybe it did not do as well as I expected.
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Gamespot informs us that Castlevania will be the first XBLA title to be released that will break the 50MB Limit. While this certainly bodes well for those of you who were worried that we'd get Lumines Live'd on the title, another interesting tidbit is in this part of the article:
Even though Symphony of the Night will exceed the size limit, Canessa indicated that there is still a 50MB cap on Live Arcade games, although Microsoft is willing to make exceptions to the rule. "If any games do exceed 50 MB, it's for a very specific reason that would ensure that the gameplay experience is the best it can be," Canessa said.
Thanks steverulez for the heads up.
Sam Kenedy over at 1up.com has posted some quick impressions of the playable version of Castlevania Symphony of the Night being showcased by Microsoft at CES. While it seems that it's been given the usual Digital Eclipse conversion (read: same aspect ratio with borders), he says that the gameplay and the audio are spot on.You can read more of his thoughts here. Also you can check out a gameplay video here (Which Sam is quick to state isn't him playing).
While CES is certainly not the mecca of gaming news, everyone knew that bits of information would come out none the less. Well the first bit has arrived, it seems that IGN has found out that Castlevania: Symphony of the Night will be playable at CES.
The first thing to note is that this in no way means that we should be expected anytime soon (remember that Heavy Weapon and other unreleased games were available in playable form at last years E3).
IGN will be posting impressions later tonight or sometime tomorrow.
Here's the link (via the NeoGaf forums)
In the latest EGM (September's issue), they have revealed that Castlevania Symphony of the Night will be making it's way to Live Arcade. While no other details were released, IGN is reporting that Konami will release more info in their upcoming event this month.