The ratings poured in, the rumors flared out, and now, we have confirmation that Castlevania Requiem will be released as a PlayStation 4 exclusive just before Halloween on Oct. 26.
This bundle will contain two of the best Castlevania games, or indeed, two of the best video games in general, of all time, Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Both will have trophy support and will be emulated in upscaled 1080p/4K screen resolution for the very first time.
Rondo of Blood was first released in 1993 exclusively in Japan, where it existed as a sort of “holy grail” for the series’ enthusiasts. It finally reached North American shores in 2007 when it appeared in the PSP compilation Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles and again in 2010, when it appeared on the Wii Virtual Console. The game is held in high regard for its blend of linear and non-linear level design, its soundtrack, and those sweet mid-90s anime cutscenes.
Symphony of the Night was first released in 1997 and is an indisputable masterpiece. An entire sub-genre of indie action games is based on this title, making up half of the Metroidvania moniker.
As excited as I am for this bundle and as jealous as I am for modern gamers getting their first crack at them, I think I’ll be sticking to Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles. The remake of Rondo of Blood in the PSP bundle is actually pretty solid and won’t be appearing in Castlevania Requiem.
More importantly though, with my PS Vita still in fine working condition, I have no need or desire to play either game on a television anymore. Retro gaming takes up roughly half of my gaming time nowadays, but removing the option to play my old favorites on a portable screen is a deal-breaker for me. 1080p/4K is not the selling point I need anymore, especially for video games that date back to my elementary and middle school days.
I hope you see what I’m getting at, Konami. I’ll stick to my Vita until you come around.
Castlevania: Requiem will be available on the PlayStation 4 on Oct. 26, not coincidentally, the same day that Netflix will air season 2 of the highly anticipated anime series.