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 was discontinued on September 9, 2020.[2]

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 Building. 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 by 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

Characters
Playable characters
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Genya Arikado
A persona of Alucard, assigned to a secretive Japanese government agency, his existence known only to a few. Incredibly striking features, but constantly perplexed by the intricacies of social interactions.
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Alucard
A dhampir born to a human mother and Count Dracula.
While he has inherited dark powers, his mother's influence has allowed him to keep a human heart.
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Simon Belmont
The most famous vampire hunter of the Belmont clan.
An ultimate warrior possessing a body tempered through intense training and constant conflict.
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Charlotte Aulin
A gifted young witch affiliated with the Church.
Powerful enough to be seen as the final weapon in the battle against Count Dracula, but lacks experience.
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Maria Renard
(Rondo of Blood)
A young vampire huntress distantly related to the Belmont clan.
Despite being only 12 years old, she already possesses incredible magical prowess.
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Shanoa
A Glyph Master from the Order of Ecclesia.
Absorbs Glyphs through the large rune on her back, using them to recreate anything in existence.
Allies
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Lucy Westenra
A young magical researcher assigned to the anti-Dracula agency. Possesses skills greater than her youth would suggest. Supports Arikado on his journeys into the Grimoires. She's housing him too...
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Seward
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Richter Belmont
Renowned as the strongest member of the Belmont clan, possessing an incredibly strong sense of justice. A master of unparalleled martial prowess. Acts as a brother to Maria.
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Jonathan Morris
A descendant of the Belmont clan of vampire hunters. Fought Dracula with his childhood friend, Charlotte Aulin. Despite appearing to completely lack drive, he is an accomplished warrior.
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Maria Renard
(Symphony of the Night)
Maria Renard at 17 years old. With greater control of the Four Sacred Beasts and skills honed on the bones of the vampires she has destroyed, Maria is a force to be reckoned with.
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Albus
Ecclesia's Chief Researcher, combining scientific development with practical magical application.
Channels glyph energy into bullets with his magical gun, Agartha. Acts as a brother to Shanoa.
Planned characters
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Soma Cruz
A reincarnation of Count Dracula.
Possesses the ability to use the souls of monsters he has defeated in combat with his power of dominance. (playable)
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Trevor Belmont
Along with Alucard, formed the first party to have ever defeated Dracula.
Dramatically changed the fortunes of the Belmont Clan, who had been feared for their enormous stature. Simon's ancestor.
Antagonists
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Death
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Hermina
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Dark King Soma
A representation of Soma Cruz.
Unlike the real Soma, however, this representation has succumbed to his inner nature of Dracula and had formed an alliance with the rogue Elgos member Hermina after being summoned by her.


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.

Dialogue

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 devices and be released worldwide in 2019.[3] 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,[2] without never having seen any 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.

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