Fan group demonstrated Trailer for Castlevania: Seal of the Eclipse – an unofficial game in the series, inspired by the classic 2D parts and Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon. The action platformer is distributed for free.
Castlevania: Seal of the Eclipse is a simplified version of another amateur game by the same authors, Castlevania: Umbra Sorrow, that they told in 2015. A few years later, the developers realized that such an ambitious project would require too much time and resources and decided to make a “light” version of it. The team has given up the detailed art in favor of a pixelated in the spirit of the Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon dilogy (offshoot of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night) and also reduced the overall scope of the project. At the same time, Umbra Sorrow was not canceled – it could be published one day.
The writers aim to reconstruct the Demon Castle War part of the story using the official Castlevania world story and scattered details that are scattered throughout the games. The battle with Dracula, which according to the plot took place in 1999, is mentioned in Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin and other parts, but there is no full description of the event in the canon.
According to a developer, Castlevania: Seal of the Eclipse is reminiscent of Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, and Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon due to the visual design and the presence of multiple controllable characters with different abilities and weaknesses.
It is emphasized that the project has nothing to do with Konami and is created at the expense of the developers themselves. The team does not accept donations. “Our project was born out of love for Castlevania and will be free.”, – wrote a representative of the team in Twitter… The game has no release date yet.
Aside from the revived Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls mobile game for Apple Arcade, the series has not been updated with any new games since Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 was released in 2014. Castlevania: Harmony of Despair, which appeared on Xbox 360 in 2010 and PlayStation 3 in 2011, was the final 2D part for large platforms, and Konami has only released compilations since then (the latest, Castlevania Advance Collection, was released in September 2021).
Last October, the Video Games Chronicle reported that Konami is currently working on reinventing Castlevania. Named third-party studios are involved in the development. This month the publisher unveiled the NFT collection to celebrate the franchise’s 35th anniversary.