TWO COLLECTIONS TO BENEFIT DEVELOPERS AND PLAYERS

Castlevania is a 26-year-old multimedia franchise and one of the most respected names in video gaming history, but in the last few years, its aging fanbase has been fragmented by Konami's inconsistent development decisions. With its hardcore fans divided and new players unwilling (or even unable) to catch up on such a long-running game series, Castlevania is in need of a revival. Its current Lords of Shadow sub-series will also end after the third installment's release, supposedly later this year, leaving Konami with the critical decision of where to take the series next.

It's time for Konami to reunite its fans while offering a consolidated method for new players to enjoy the Castlevania legacy. To this end, we are proposing a pair of anthologies, the first focusing on the 2D classics in the series and the second including all 3D titles. Because these collections would largely recycle pre-existing content, they would serve as a cost-effective way for Konami to invigorate the franchise, ignite nostalgia for Castlevania, consolidate dozens of rare games into a playable format, and generate anticipation for future releases.

Ideally, retail hardcopies of these two anthologies would be developed for PS3 and XBox360, with digital distribution made available on Steam, PSN, and XBL platforms to bolster overall profitability. Considering Castlevania's long history on Nintendo consoles, Wii U may also offer a logical next-gen choice.  Alternatively, we would not be opposed to handheld versions for 3DS and Vita, if data management allowed for it, but available digital copies would still be recommended for the sake of mainstream consumption on consoles and PC. While the retail hardcopies could be limited to a shorter production run (and may be necessary to entice long-time Castlevania collectors), digital copies would be slightly less expensive to incentivize high-profit downloads.

Here is a list of the requested content for each collection:

CASTLEVANIA ANTHOLOGY I (2D CLASSICS)

GAMES
   Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse [1476] NES
   Castlevania: The Adventure [1576] GB
   Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth [1576] WII
   Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge [1591] GB
   Castlevania: Order of Shadows [1600s] MOB
   Castlevania [1691] NES
   Vampire Killer [1691] MSX2
   Haunted Castle [1691] ARC
   Super Castlevania IV [1691] SNES
   Castlevania Chronicles [1691] PSX
   Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest [1698] NES
   Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance [1748] GBA
   Castlevania: Rondo of Blood [1792] PCE
   Castlevania: Dracula X [1792] SNES
   Castlevania: Symphony of the Night [1797] PSX
   Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia [1800s] DS
   Castlevania: Circle of the Moon [1830] GBA
   Castlevania: Bloodlines [1917] GEN
   Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin [1944] DS
   Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow [2035] GBA
   Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow [2036] DS

UNLOCKABLES
   Akumajo Special: Boku Dracula-kun [11797] FC
   Kid Dracula [11797] GB
   Akumajyo Dracula Peke [XXXX] PCE
   Castlevania: Legends [1450 alt.] GB
   Castlevania: The Bloodletting [CANCELLED] *production materials*
   Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night [XXXX] *mini-game*
   Castlevania: Harmony of Despair [XXXX] *video montage*

EXTRAS
   Art Gallery
   Sound Test
   Music Player
   Complete Beastiary
   Development History
   Interactive Timeline

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CASTLEVANIA ANTHOLOGY II (3D CLASSICS)

GAMES
   Castlevania: Lament of Innocence [1094] PS2
   Castlevania: Curse of Darkness [1479] PS2
   Castlevania: Rondo of Blood ~Chronicles Version~ [1792] PSP
   Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness [1844] N64
   Castlevania [1852] N64
   Castlevania: Judgment [11th Millennium] WII

UNLOCKABLES
   Nocturne in the Moonlight [1798] *subtitled radio drama*
   Dracula: Castlevania Edition [1897] *visual novel*
   The Demon Castle Wars [1997~1999] *visual novel*
   Ricordanza of the God Abyss [2037] *visual novel*
   Pachislot Akumajo Dracula [1476] *mini-game*
   Pachislot Akumajo Dracula II [1476] *mini-game*
   Pachislot Akumajo Dracula III [1476] *mini-game*
   Castlevania: The Medal [1792] *mini-game*
   Castlevania: Resurrection [CANCELLED] *production materials*
   Castlevania: The Arcade [1800s] *video montage*
   Castlevania: Lords of Shadow [1047 alt.] *video montage*
   Castlevania: Lords of Shadow ~Mirror of Fate~ [TBA] *trailers*
   Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 [TBA] *trailers*

EXTRAS
   Art Gallery
   Sound Test
   Music Player
   Franchise Trivia
   Developer Interviews
   Character Models

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As long-time fans of Castlevania, we truly believe that these anthologies would be an intelligent and profitable venture for Konami, and they would pave the way for stronger franchise support. With a relatively low production cost and short development turn, this should be a no-brainer for the experts at Konami.

 

STARTED ON JAN 11, 2013   |   SIGNATURE GOAL: 10,000

 

Letter to
Konami Digital Entertainment KONAMI
As a fan of Castlevania, I support the petition for Konami to release a pair of anthologies to revitalize and consolidate the 26-year legacy of this beloved series.

www.change.org/petitions/castlevania-anthologies