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Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls (悪魔城ドラキュラ Grimoire of Souls Akumajō Dorakyura Grimoire of Souls?) is a mobile game part of the Castlevania series, developed and published by Konami. It was released exclusively in Canada on September 20, 2019.

The game includes a variety of single player and multiplayer modes (co-op and PvP). It also incorporates role-playing elements, such as character growth and an experience-based system, as well as the use of in-game currency and microtransactions.

Service for the game has been announced to be discontinued on September 9, 2020.

Overview

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"A future where Count Dracula has been completely destroyed. It seemed like eternal peace came upon the world.
However, a letter delivered to Genya Arikado was about to put an end to that peaceful era.
In order to verify the meaning of the words written in the letter—“The Grimoire has ran wild and Count Dracula will be resurrected”—Genya Arikado heads off towards the letter’s sender…"
— Official synopsis
The storyline borrows elements from Castlevania: Harmony of Despair such as the Grimoire and the presence of characters from past Castlevania games that existed in different time periods.

Plot

Main article: Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls/Plot
“Count Dracula
Prophesized to rise every hundred years,
descending the world into darkness."

"But there are those who stand
before the rising tide, heroes all."

"After centuries of battle, Dracula's
Castle was finally sealed within the
solar eclipse of 1999."

"Count Dracula was destroyed,
but then, one day..."

"While working with national security,
Genya Arikado receives a mysterious envelope."

"Unknown to many, his true identity
is Alucard, the son of Dracula."

"Within the envelope is a letter..."

"'The Grimoire has awoken.'
'The darkness comes.'"

"Beset by doubts, Alucard diligently
checks the moonlit sky to ensure
Dracula's Castle has not reappeared,
before setting out on a journey to find
the sender of the letter."

"This is the story of the
Grimoire of Souls,
a new page of a tragic history."

After receiving a letter from Lucy Westenra, Arikado ventures to the Elgos Order. There, Lucy addresses him on the Grimoires, magic books which contain information on all the past events of Castlevania, which are overflowing with dark power and beyond their control, hence needing the help of Arikado to restore order on them. Then, with appropriate magic created on Elgos, Arikado must enter the Grimoires and defeat the monsters inscribed into them for the dark power to dissipate, mainly the Core Monsters which have control over the Grimoires.

Characters

Genya Arikado plays the role of main protagonist. A new character called Lucy Westenra plays a supporting role, helping to elaborate on the story, guiding the player through various tutorials on the game's numerous features, and also acting as a merchant (or host) during in-game purchases. Playable characters on the closed beta are Alucard, Simon Belmont, Charlotte Aulin, Shanoa and Maria Renard (from Rondo of Blood). Soma Cruz's artwork is present on the game's website, but not on the upcoming-characters' announcement section, nor is he a playable character. Other characters such as Albus, Richter Belmont, Maria Renard (from Symphony of the Night), Jonathan Morris and Trevor Belmont appear as assist summons performing their "Ex Skill" special attacks. After the announcement of the game's closure, it is currently unknown if Soma and Trevor are the last two characters to be added.

Playable characters

Upcoming Playable characters

Assist Summon characters

Upcoming Assist Summon characters

Bosses

Story Bosses
Duel Hunt Bosses
Upcoming Bosses

Familiars

Upcoming Familiars

Gameplay

Main article: Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls/Gameplay

Gameplay is similar to 2D side-scrolling games in the series. Quests can be done in co-op with a second player, and there are multiplayer modes which can be played with up to four. Characters can be improved to grow stronger, and fallen allies can be resurrected with a mechanic dubbed "Soul Resurrection".

The game makes use of in-game currency and microtransactions.

Script

See: Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls/Script

Development

Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls was first announced on April 17, 2018. The game then went through closed-beta stage and was slated to be released on the iOS platform. The closed beta ended on May 22, 2018. The game, according to a Konami press sheet, would also be available on Android dispositives and be released worldwide in 2019.[2] Two more Castlevania products were released in the meantime: Castlevania Anniversary Collection and Castlevania Requiem.

News on Grimoire of Souls still being in development reemerged on September 2019, when an official trailer of the game was suddenly released without any prior announcement, although a release date was still not given. The game was finally made available on the Google App Store in Canada on the 20th of that same month, again, without any major announcement.

On July 8, 2020, it was announced that service for the game would be discontinued on September 9, 2020, without never having seen a worldwide or any other export release. To coincide with that date, players were no longer able to purchase Gems since the day of the game's closure announcement.

Beta inquiry report

See: Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls/Beta inquiry report

Gallery

Main article: Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls/Gallery

Videos

Trivia

  • Grimoire of Souls is the first game to state that Soma Cruz is Japanese in the English versions. Although this tidbit was mentioned in the Japanese versions of the Sorrow games, the English localization of Aria of Sorrow instead indicated that Soma had been a foreign transfer student to Japan.

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls product page at Google Play. (archived July 15, 2020)
  2. TouchArcade (January 31, 2019) – [1]
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