The next big Castlevania game is an iOS exclusive

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Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls
Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls is coming to iPhone and iPad, but not consoles or PCs.
Photo: Konami

Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls is the next chapter in this side-scrolling game series. It’s the first new installment since 2014, and will only be for iOS.

This long-running RPG series from Konami began on the original Nintendo Entertainment System back in 1986. Grimoire of Souls includes classic characters and music from the earlier versions.

The last version in this franchise was Lord of Shadows 2, released only for PCs and gaming consoles. Konami shifted its focus to mobile gaming in recent years though, so a switch to iOS isn’t surprising.

Especially when you consider how much money there is to be made. The mobile version of Fortnite is pulling in over a million dollars a day, despite its recent problems.

Playing Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls

No Castlevania installment could be complete without Dracula.  The vampire is supposed to be dead (really dead) when this game begins, but it seems he’s going to be resurrected, if players can’t prevent it.

Konami promises four-player cooperative mode and boss battles. The main character is Genya Arikado, who debuted in Aria of Sorrow back in 2003. There will be others to choose from, though.

A release date for Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls hasn’t been revealed. A closed beta just began, but only in Japan. Anyone interested can sign up on the company’s Japanese website.