Is the castlevania series dead?

As many people know that Castlevania series has been around since the 80’s during the 8-bit NES era of gaming. Since its inception many people would go on record and argue that some of the most memorable installments within the series came out during the 80’s and 90’s with popular titles such as Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, Super Castlevania IV, Castlevania Dracula X and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night from ’89-’97. We also got to see come cool Castlevania games during the Game Boy Advance era in the early 00’s with games such as: Circle of the Moon, Aria of Sorrow and Harmony of Dissonance. There was a point and time where Castlevania was huge fan favorite among casual gamers but it seems like the series started to become irrelevant during the 2010’s especially since Lords of the Shadows 1 & 2 were overlooked for the most part. Despite, Castlevania: Lords of the Shadows reaching at least 1.7 million in sales the game did not have the mainstream success or appeal as the older installments within the series.

One would argue that the decline in interest for the two Lords of the Shadows titles is because the game world has changed dramatically since the 80s and 90’s with the platform genre slowly declining in popularity over time. During the 2010’s more people became fascinated with RPG’s, shooters and action-adventure titles and just about anything that related to online multiplayer gameplay. Despite, the Castlevania video game series not being nearly as popular as it used to be the name itself is still recognizable to casuals around the world. In fact, Castlevania has become more popular on Netflix from 2017 onwards as a animated television show versus gaming. Nowadays, we get releases like the Castlevania Anniversary Collection which is a series of old games mainly because Konami has been unable to put out anything fresh or interesting in relation to the 30+ year old video game series.

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