After some blips on the radar, we finally have confirmation: Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood is very much a real thing and it's coming exclusively to the PlayStation 4 on October 26, 2018, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog.
Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood combines Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Castlevania: Rondo of Blood (a watered-down version of which was published in the West under the subtitle Dracula X) into one neat package. Check out the short Announcement Trailer for yourself:
If you're unfamiliar with these two specific titles, here's a bit of background. Symphony of the Night is one of the most revered games in the series and is one of the forebears of the Metroidvania Genre. Rondo of Blood had been brought to the West in a very rough version to the SNES called Dracula X before getting a more proper port for the Wii's Virtual Console. The game was spotted on the website of Korea's GRAC (their equivalent of the ESRB) a week ago and the ESRB soon followed up with a rating page of its own, all but confirming the existence of this title. Now it's official: Requiem is real and it'll be here in a month.
Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood will include both of the original titles emulated for the PlayStation 4. A number of updates are in place to take advantage of the PS4's hardware like 4K/1080p upscaling, different rendering options, and special interactivity with the DualShock 4 controller.
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Unfortunately, it's not all sunshine and lollipops in Transylvania. Judging by the screenshots, it seems that both of the games themselves are not being adapted to a widescreen format. Instead, players will have the option of selecting from a number of very nice backgrounds to fill out the dead space. Players on other consoles are also in for a bit of bad news: according to GameSpot, Konami has "no plans" to bring this to any other console than the PlayStation 4.
If you own a PlayStation 4 and you'd like to get your hands on a couple of pieces of classic gaming, you should be able to pre-order Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood sometime later in the day when it actually decides to show up on the PlayStation Store.
Quick TakeNo real widescreen adaptation and not much of a chance of it coming to other consoles (much less the PC). Konami never fails to disappoint with their half-assed stewardship of some of gaming's greatest franchises. What an utter disappointment.
What do you think of Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood? Were you hoping to see this game come to any other consoles? Which of the two games is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!