Konami has announced a new Castlevania game is finally continuing the Dracula-killing series. However, Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls is heading exclusively to iOS, with only Japan confirmed to receive it—for now.
Konami revealed the new mobile game will launch at an unknown date for Apple devices in Japan. Interested players in the region can sign up for a closed beta, which is expected to begin in May. It’s unclear if the game will launch elsewhere down the line, but a few of its features suggest a global expansion.
According to Konami’s officiate site, Grimoire of Souls will feature action-based gameplay, with single-player and co-op options. Players will have the chance to team up with up to four users for missions, and even participate in “global real-time co-op.” With a worldwide online option, it definitely sounds fans outside of Japan might actually get the chance to experience this next chapter of Castlevania.
As for the story, Grimoire of Souls takes place in a distant future where Count Dracula is no more. However, the followers of the infamous vampire aren’t ready to give up their master, forcing Japanese government agent Genya Arikado and his research assistant, Lucy, to stop the resurrection of Dracula. In addition to the two new characters, players will also have several iconic heroes to play as from the series, including Alucard, Simon Belmont, Charlotte Aulin, Shanoa, and Maria Renard.
The upcoming arrival of Grimoire of Souls marks the first major release in the long-running series since 2014’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. While a mobile game might not be the triumphant return many fans have hoped for, Konami recently teased the series could appear on the Nintendo Switch. Also, with the success of the current Netflix series, enough fan support behind the mobile game and show could push Konami to release another entry in the franchise on consoles.