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Re: New Akumajo Dracula Game: Grimoire of Souls (iOS Beta Test)
« Reply #45 on: April 17, 2018, 06:15:23 PM »
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« Reply #46 on: April 17, 2018, 07:35:58 PM »
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Re: New Akumajo Dracula Game: Grimoire of Souls (iOS Beta Test)
« Reply #47 on: April 17, 2018, 07:39:29 PM »
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Hmm, when I first saw this, my first thought was to stab it with an oak stake...

Kidding aside, I'm just meh about it.  Might loosely follow it out of curiosity, but this just makes me want to catch up with Bloodstained right now.  Oh boy, do I have to catch up with Bloodstained.

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Re: New Akumajo Dracula Game: Grimoire of Souls (iOS Beta Test)
« Reply #48 on: April 17, 2018, 08:21:55 PM »
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One thing that has got me a bit excited is that its causing me to start taking Harmony of Despair's story seriously a bit.

I have to assume that the Grimoire mentioned in this game is the same one that appeared in Harmony of Despair.  That game didn't have a whole lot of story. 

Here's what appears in the "How to Play" of that game:
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Your ultimate goal in this game is to destroy Castlevania, a ghoulish citadel which has manifested itself within the pages of the cursed Grimoire.  Within each chapter lies a twisted reimagining of one of the castle's prior incarnations, guarded by a boss symbolizing that particular area.  Defeat the boss and open the chest that appears to unlock a new chapter.  Completed chapters can be revisted at any time.

Here's the entry for "The Grimoire" in the game:
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A cursed book within which lies the sum of all Castlevania's history --as well as an incarnation of the castle itself.
 Fortunately, the forces of good which have time and again been the castle's undoing are also recorded within these pages.
 Borrow their power and forever erase Castlevania from this unholy tome.

A pretty self explanatory premise, but its context within the greater Castlevania timeline is only up to speculation.  One could easily write it off as non-canon and not important to the overall story, but this new game is inserting into a story that takes place outside of the book itself. 

I have to wonder, who created this book?  Who writes to it?  Does it write itself?  How did the castle manage to manifest itself into the book?  Was this a one time thing, or is it something that always happens before the castle appears and we just never knew it?  Are the protagonists in the book merely avatars for some other protagonist (the "reader"/player) who is trying to destroy castle that dwells within the book?  Did the heroic characters within the book decide to fight Castlevania on their own without some kind of "reader" guiding their actions?  Since the title of the new game is "Grimiore of Souls", are the souls of the characters who appear in the book somehow linked to the book? 

And the story of this new game:
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A future where Count Dracula has been completely destroyed. It seemed like eternal peace came upon the world.

However, a single letter delivered to Genya Arikado tried to put an end to that peaceful era.

In order to verify the meaning of the words written in the letter—“The Grimoire has run wild and Count Dracula will be resurrected”—Genya Arikado heads off towards the letter’s sender…

How are the events of HD and this game connected?  Did defeating Castlevania within the book somehow trigger something that would allow Dracula to resurrect?  Does "The Gruimoire has run wild" refer directly to the events of HD?  Did the characters in the book actually succeed in destroying the manifestation of the castle?  Or does this game take long after HD, and represents another chance after it was defeated the first time?  I'm guessing that the second game takes place long after Dawn of Sorrow - otherwise they could have probably just used Yoko if they needed a female researcher haha.  Long enough that Yoko is retired but Genya is still employed?   Could HD possibly be canon, and if not, is it at least canon to this new story? 

The description for Lucy says that she is letting Arikado and "company" stay at her laboratory.  I can only assume "company" means the other playable characters.  Did they "leap" out of the book into the real world?  Does Alucard "leap into" the book and meet them there?   Do they fight "inside" the book or do the contents of the book manifest in the real world and force them to fight out in the real world? 

Ah well, fun things to contemplate.  To get psyched up for it, I'm dusting off Harmony of Despair a little.  I'm going to try to beat the first five levels with a different character who appears in Grimiore of Souls.  I'm going to assume Soma will get added to the game later possibly as DLC since his picture appears in the artwork, so I'll play as him last.  Putting HD into its context gives me a reason to play it again.



 
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Re: New Akumajo Dracula Game: Grimoire of Souls (iOS Beta Test)
« Reply #49 on: April 17, 2018, 10:16:56 PM »
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OK so, here is PlotTwist's analysis machine about this game. Everything you're about to read is speculation and therefore should be taken with a grain of salt. I'll simply throw it all on the table haphazardly because I'm too tired to organize my thoughts even if I still want to share. Here it goes:

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Re: New Akumajo Dracula Game: Grimoire of Souls (iOS Beta Test)
« Reply #50 on: April 17, 2018, 10:24:45 PM »
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Good observation plot.
Microtransactions based with timers.... yikes.

I really think if they want to sell it to the world, at least add android, so that they can brag on the number of downloads, even if a lot of folks will uninstall after a few missions. lol

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EA got into some serious trouble due to their Battlefront title having micro transactions. If anything Konami should be learning from this and not repeat the same mistake. But you know how gambling companies are...
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« Reply #53 on: April 18, 2018, 12:24:40 AM »
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Wow, happy day!!!

New CastleVania from Konami is super awesome.

Hopefully it will be ported off IOS, so the rest of us can play.
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« Reply #54 on: April 18, 2018, 01:16:26 AM »
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hey guys affinity really likes HD just in case you forgot  :P

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« Reply #55 on: April 18, 2018, 03:24:48 AM »
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OK so, here is PlotTwist's analysis machine about this game. Everything you're about to read is speculation and therefore should be taken with a grain of salt. I'll simply throw it all on the table haphazardly because I'm too tired to organize my thoughts even if I still want to share. Here it goes:

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That... seems like a pretty outdated model to me. I mean, gacha games seem to be all the rage these days with the popularity of titles like Fate/Grand Order and Granblue Fantasy. I shudder to think about how Konami would implement gacha elements, but not trying to cash in on that seems pretty stupid from a business standpoint.
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« Reply #57 on: April 18, 2018, 06:50:32 AM »
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And I was thinking that you cant play with Soma because now he is Dracula :v

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« Reply #58 on: April 18, 2018, 07:14:16 AM »
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That... seems like a pretty outdated model to me. I mean, gacha games seem to be all the rage these days with the popularity of titles like Fate/Grand Order and Granblue Fantasy. I shudder to think about how Konami would implement gacha elements, but not trying to cash in on that seems pretty stupid from a business standpoint.

The game's page says you can "strengthen your favorite character". Castlevania has an infinitude of items and equipment to collect, souls, glyphs... I can see where these "gacha" elements would be implemented (They are present in Contra: Return also, btw, and you can even unlock characters using it), but I saw no evidence for those, so I can't comment on that.
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Re: New Akumajo Dracula Game: Grimoire of Souls (iOS Beta Test)
« Reply #59 on: April 18, 2018, 07:30:23 AM »
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and to think iga could be working on this if he just held out a little longer...

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