Another day, another abandoned game resurfaces. Cancelled back in 2000, Castlevania: Resurrection for Sega Dreamcast is a 3D platformer that originally introduced Victor Belmont into the series. It also features usual heroine Sonia Belmont.
Considered lost forever, Castlevania: Resurrection was eventually replaced in the series by Castlevania: Circle of the Moon on the Gameboy Advance in 2001. The series wouldn’t return to full console systems until 2010’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow on PS3 and Xbox 360.
Castlevania: Resurrection has long been considered one of several Sega Dreamcast “holy grails” so its rediscovery is significant. Here’s a description of the game from the Sega Dreamcast Preservation site:
This game would have taken place in 3D environments. A time travel would have brought Sonia Belmont and Victor Belmont to meet.
The story was set to take place in 1666. Victor Belmont was an 1800s vampire hunter who had abandoned his lineage and left the region in fear of his fate as a vampire slayer. The player would face a female vampire as the main opponent.
Castlevania: Resurrection was demoed at E3 back in 1999, however this version appears to predate that. The accompanying video shows two of the game’s five stages, launched through the system’s developer menu.
Expected to be the first Castlevania game developed by Konami of America, Castlevania: Resurrection was ultimately scuppered by the release of the Sony PlayStation 2.
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