Rumours of a HD version of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate had been circling since February, even before the title's launch on the 3DS. Back then, a HD version of the game actually already existed at developer Mercury Steam but wasn't going to see the light of day unless the 3DS release was successful (and Nintendo's exclusivity agreement had run out). Suggestions of a possible console release began again a few days ago when retailer listings seemingly outed a collection that included a HD version of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate. At Gamescom, those rumours have finally been confirmed.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate HD is a precursor to Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 and is set 25 years after the events of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. This means that the following description of the game may be considered a spoiler.
Players assume the role of several characters as they try to unravel the fate of Gabriel Belmont's descendents, Simon and Trevor Belmont. After years of exile, Gabriel has returned as Dracula and has taken up residence in a nearby castle. Trevor is a knight of the Brotherhood of Light, the same Brotherhood on which Dracula has declared war. Trevor's goal is to avenge his mother, who died at the hands of his father Gabriel, and to also settle the score for the Brotherhood.
Each of the characters has their own unique magical abilities and weapons that have been acquired through the different eras that span the game's story. The "huge array" of combos and the "intuitive strategic combat system" will be put to the test as players try to take down the enormous bosses that they will encounter. The HD upgrade has also added online leaderboards and the return of a fan-favourite game mode: Boss Rush Mode.
Take a look at some of the game's characters in action:
Players who purchase Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate HD will also gain access to a playable demo of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. The demo is exclusive to owners of Mirror of Fate HD or those that purchase the newly announced Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collection. The collection is an Xbox 360 retail bundle that contains Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, the "Reverie" and "Resurrection" DLC add-ons for Lords of Shadow, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate HD, and the demo of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2.
Both Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate HD and the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collection are due to be released on October 31st, 2013. As this is a Thursday, we're expecting the date to change some time in the near future.
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