Two classic titles Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night will be getting an exclusive PlayStation 4 bundle release on October 26th. There have been whispers of a potential re-release of these titles due to various rating listings over the past couple of weeks, but Konami has finally come out with official confirmation of the titles releasing soon.
Castlevania: Rondo of Blood was originally released exclusively in Japan in 1993 for the PC Engine CD (TurboGrax-16), before getting a Western release almost two decades later on the Wii’s Virtual Console. The title serves as an introduction to Castlevania protagonist Simon Belmont’s descendant Richter Belmont, as he attempts to rescue his lover Annette from Dracula’s castle after she is kidnapped by the immortal vampires underlings. Castlevania: Rondo of Blood is divided into nine different stages featuring a variety of platforming challenges and combat scenarios the series is known for.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night acts as a direct sequel to Rondo of Blood, taking place four years later in the Castlevania universe as well as releasing four years later in 1997 for the PlayStation. The title begins where the previous game ends, with Richter facing off against Dracula. From there, players follow Dracula’s son Alucard as he explores the castle with Richter also re-appearing at various points throughout the game. Symphony of the Night has a stronger focus on exploration compared to previous installments with players having to revisit areas and fill out the map in order to navigate through the castle, and it’s because of these elements that it’s often cited as leading to the inception of the Metroidvania sub-genre.
A recent PlayStation Blog post details the specifics of this bundle, stating: “Both games are the originals emulated for the PlayStation 4, with several updates that take advantage of the new hardware. This includes 4K/1080p upscaling, multiple high-resolution backgrounds, different rendering options such as smoothing and full Trophy support. Word of warning though, that Platinum will be tough to get. Elsewhere, Requiem will make use of the DualShock 4’s vibration, analog stick and speaker, with the latter meaning you’ll hear a cool little chime when you pick up an item”.
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