I won't understand the hate from this...
Does everyone actually appreciate the laziness of Iga's team? They recycle more than they created, half the areas in their most recent games are copy and paste box rooms over and over again. Lords of shadow wasn't perfect but it sure was far more creative and inspired as far as level design goes.
There is good creativity and bad creativity. Also their LoS level design was so flat and so not Castlevania with more hanging and climbing than actual jumping/platforming. And the whip was too weak. Flashy GoW combos on a beefed up enemy is not what Castlevania combat should be like. Even reused Legos can create a masterpiece out of the same pieces rather than some stone carved trash that doesn't even "understand" or care to understand and respect Castlevania's nature.
Also Iga is very underrated and underappreciated for everything they've done for Castlevania since SOTN to HD. Sure their 3-D ones were a flop but they still felt more Castlevania than anything from LoS.
I would place Cox and their misguided team in the same category as those careless idiots from Ninja Theory. They only further prove non-Japanese developers can't do videogame franchises of Japanese origins right.
LoS should of just been called LoS. it doesn't deserve the Castlevania title. it just caused more fans to feel betrayed and abandoned.
Nothing good can ever come from Cox and their team. of course final evaluation of this 3DS project will be put on hold but their reputation is already far below Castlevania standards.
Some fans can be desperate for anything new Castlevania, but that doesn't excuse Cox and co. butchering/ignoring the essence of Castlevania gameplay and original lore/timeline. Things were fine Iga handling it until Konami handed over the franchise to some foreigners.