The thing about Castlevania regardless of medium is, well, two things: firstly, you can’t stop Dracula no matter how many times you deal with him. Secondly, there’s always going to be a Belmont around to do said dealing with.
Shortly after the release of the fourth and final season of Castlevania — somewhat mired by the revelation that main writer Warren Ellis had engaged in decades of sexual harassment with female fans in the comics industry — Netflix and Powerhouse Animation announced that they would return to the world of the beloved Konami gaming series for a new successor series, set hundreds of years after the events of the first series. Now we have a first look, and a title: Castlevania: Nocturne.
Little else — not even a prospective release date — was revealed for Nocturne, but the brief teaser gives us a look at one of its main protagonists: Richter Belmont, the star of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and a major character in the iconic Symphony of the Night. In Nocturne, Richter is a long descendent distant from vampire slayer Trevor Belmont and the mage Sypha Belnades, as we follow his vampire-hunting adventures during the French Revolution in late 18th-century France. Richter will team up with another familiar face from the games: Maria Renard, herself a powerful magic user with her own distant connection to the Belmont legacy, who appeared alongside Richter as a young girl in Rondo of Blood.
We’ll bring you more details on Castlevania: Nocturne when we learn them.
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Editor’s Note: Release dates within this article are based in the U.S., but will be updated with local Australian dates as soon as we know more.