Back in April of last year, Konami announced a new mobile entry in their decades-running Castlevania series. Like the more recent announcements of mobile entries in popular franchises, like Alien and Diablo, the console and PC crowd did not take kindly to the announcement. However, the game itself, titled Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls, actually sounded really cool. It features classic 2D side-scrolling gameplay but with characters, monsters, and environments all modeled in 3D, a style typically dubbed 2.5D. Like many mobile games in popular AAA franchises, Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls would feature multiple characters from throughout the series history and would also include the option for cooperative online play for up to 4 players. And as we all probably expected it would also be a free to play game. The month following its announcement, a closed beta test was conducted in Japan for Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls, resulting in various bits of random footage making its way onto YouTube, like in this following video.
One question everyone was wondering after the reveal of Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls was if it would in fact make its way outside of Japan. As we’ve come to learn over the years it’s not totally uncommon for a game to become phenomenally popular in Asian territories but still never make its way out West, likely due to the often difficult and expensive task of localization. Well, today Konami released an earnings report and along with it a glimpse at their upcoming lineup of releases for this year. As posted by Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad on Twitter, that list includes Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls and it’s marked for a global release.
Konami pipeline for this year-
Lots of arcade and casino stuff. pic.twitter.com/Ysh7kV5jKg
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) January 31, 2019
While there’s no specific release date listed, it’s at least good to know that Konami has plans to release Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls across the world. The only other mobile news on that list is a planned China release for card battler Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links (Free) and a couple of Japanese mobile releases: DANKIRA!!! – Boys, be DANCING! and Loveplus Every. Yeah. Oh also LOTS of casino and amusement games, because nowadays Konami makes a mint leveraging their popular IPs on various slots and pachinko machines. Gotta make that money I guess. Anyway, as someone who is really looking forward to Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls, I’m excited for it to release and once there’s a more specific date announced for that we’ll let you know.