Castlevania: Lords of Shadow was a well received reboot of Konami’s classic adventure franchise, the success of which has spawned a subseries is in its own right. The next game to take place within the chronology is a 3DS title, bizarrely called Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate, while a direct sequel is expected to launch no earlier than the end of 2013. With very little information about that console game, you’ll have to tide yourself with the news on the 3DS iteration, which bridges the temporal gap between the main entries. Once again developed by MercurySteam, the game takes place across a number of different timeframes, with players taking control of Simon and Trevor Belmont, the respective son and grandson of former protagonist Gabriel, and Alucard, the son of Dracula.
This allows the game to follow in the footsteps of its direct predecessor as being a hefty adventure, even though it is primarily a 2D sidescroller. Responding to a fan’s question on Twitter, the series producer, David Cox, said that the average first playthrough, assumedly based on playtesters, lasts about 16 hours, while subsequent ones take about twelve. He also mentioned that this does not factor in 100% completion, which he later estimated to take about 20. Whether it is worthwhile to take pains to get everything is up for debate, but doing so will unlock a secret ending.
Mirror of Fate is currently slated to release on the 5th of March (8th EU). We can’t say how closely we’ll continue to follow this midquel, but Lords of Shadow 2 will be high on our priority list when details start to leak out, so keep it tuned to OnlySP for all the news that’s fit to print.