Konami is Reviving a Shuttered Castlevania Game For Apple Arcade – IGN

Konami is reviving a previously-shuttered Castlevania game via Apple Arcade soon. It’s Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls, a mobile game previously only available in Canada.

Apple Arcade announced that Grimoire of Souls would be “coming soon” to Apple Arcade today, with an official Konami page for the game showing off what sure does look like Castlevania side-scrolling action. Multiple familiar characters make appearances, including Alucard, Simon, and Maria, with character designs and music from series creators Ayami Kojima and Michiru Yamane.

Grimoire of Souls was previously announced by Konami way back in 2018 for iOS. It received a Japanese closed beta, followed by a Canadian soft launch on both iOS and Android that only lasted a year, though the company had previously said it had plans for a global release.

It’s unclear what happened to prompt Konami to scrap the game in favor of Apple Arcade years later, but one plus side is that while the previously free-to-play version included microtransactions, Apple Arcade’s subscription model means none of that, nor ads, will be a part of the game.

This is the first Castlevania title we’ve gotten in some time, with the most recent before now being Lords of Shadow 2 back in 2014. The four-season Netflix adaptation concluded earlier this year (we loved the final season), and while another new Castlevania show is on the way, it’s unclear how long that might take.

Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.

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