Castlevania: Nocturne, a new animated series set in the Castlevania universe, has been given a release date of 28 September 2023 on Netflix. A teaser trailer is expected to arrive sometime today that will give us our first look at the series continuation, which follows a new protagonist.
Netflix officially confirmed last June that Castlevania: Nocturne was in production shortly after its original Castlevania animated series concluded. The announcement was accompanied by a brief trailer which you can view below. “Castlevania: Nocturne follows Richter, a descendant of the Belmont family, popularized in the iconic Symphony of the Night and Rondo of Blood Castlevania games,” said Netflix about the story details.
The description under the reveal trailer for Castlevania: Nocturne reads:
“The series is led by showrunner Kevin Kolde and Creator/Writer Clive Bradley and produced by Project 51 Productions with production services provided by Powerhouse Animation.”
As for the gaming side of Castlevania, the last mainline game to be released in the franchise was 2014’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, which was outsourced by publisher Konami to Spanish developer Mercury Steam. However, rumours have been swirling around for months now about a potential revival of the Castlevania IP happening at Konami, which recently revived two of its more popular IPs, Silent Hill and Metal Gear Solid, with a number of new entries and remakes.
Video Games Chronicle reported back in 2021 that a “reimagining” of the Castlevania gaming series was in development internally at Konami with assistance from various external Japanese studios. Sadly, we’ve had little to no updates on the IP since then. A previous report claimed that Konami was set to reveal the next Castlevania at its E3 2023 presentation, though the tragic cancellation of the expo might’ve delayed the publisher’s plans.
All four seasons of the animated Castlevania series are currently available to watch on Netflix.