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Never Released Castlevania Resurrection Demo Found On Auction

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Many fans of classic games remember the Sega Dreamcast with mixed reception, with most memories being popular. Sonic franchise. While the Dreamcast has generally been successful, it was not uncommon for developers to ditch current games for it. Earlier this week, a pre-E3 prototype of a 1999 Dreamcast game was found with footage of its gameplay shown online.

The prototype was for the new title at the time Resurrection of Castlevania which was designed to be the 17th game in the franchise. The prototype disc was auctioned on eBay and contains never-seen footage of the canceled project. This prototype was presented before E3 as a closed-door presentation for the privileged few.

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Resurrection of Castlevania allows gamers to control Sonia Belmont in a 3D platform environment. The game was designed to be Victor Belmont’s first appearance, but the game never came out. Victor Belmont later made his debut in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, but it could have been an earlier preview of the character design.

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The game was rumored to be canceled due to the upcoming release of the PlayStation 2. The new console was set to compete strongly with the Sega Dreamcast, and creating a title exclusive to the Dreamcast platform would not be as profitable.

Other rumors from Greg Orduyan, the game’s artistic director, suggest that the people inside Konami had their own agenda for this project.

The game was canceled in March 2000, and it would have been the 3 Castlevania to be made in 3D. The story takes place in 1666 before the adventure of Simon Belmont.

This found copy has 5 fully readable steps, but the disc claims the “Corrido” step does not load. These levels include dangers and enemies, but damage does not appear in this title.

Upon loading, the game displays the company screens for Dreamcast, Sega, and Konami, and then launches into one of the levels. The available zones are not connected and can only be accessed via the START menu for navigation. The demo also features a boss fight for one of the levels giving a taste of the action fans would have experienced.

While this game is probably never finished, it’s interesting to see what it could have been. Unique design suggests it was a standard Castlevania adventure with a slight twist on the known narrative. Nothing was really lost, however, as the characters and story were likely recycled.

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This game will not be released, but pictures of it can be found online for fans.

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