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Castlevania sinks its teeth into PSP® (PlayStation®Portable)

Konami's whip-cracking vampire classic rises again in Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles

Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH has announced it is bringing its eternally-popular Castlevania® series to PSP®, with Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles due for release in Q4.

An update of the classic PC Engine title, Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, the PSP® title marks the first time the series has been released for the Sony handheld and also the first time the PC Engine game has been released in Europe. The conversion has been updated to make use of the stunning capabilities of the PSP®, and features 3D graphics and all-new gameplay. Fans of the original game will also be able to unlock a pixel-perfect versions of the PC Engine game and of the acclaimed Castlevania: Symphony of the Night by achieving specific goals.

Set in in 1792, Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles follows Richter Belmont as he battles to return Dracula to the oblivion from which he came. Having seen his beloved Annette kidnapped by his vampiric nemesis, Richter and his loyal friend, Maria, must wield the legendary Vampire Hunter whip and fight through the tainted countryside and enter Dracula's Castle to stop this horrific scenario from destroying humanity.

As befits the first PSP® Castlevania title, Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles brings the PC Engine classic to life with all-new 3D graphics but retaining the original side-scrolling gameplay. Players are charged with battling through more than 10 stages as either Richter or Maria, each with their own unique skills and battle abilities. Similarly, to add replay value, Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles lets players return to stages they have previously completed to compete for high scores or rare items.

In addition to new 3D graphics, Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles also boasts new character designs by renowned Castlevania artist Ayumi Kojima, and introduces a new sound collection feature that will let players unlock music to listen to, and assign as they wish to produce their bespoke soundtracks.


"Castlevania: Rondo of Blood is one of the greatest games never to see a proper release in Europe - until now," commented Christopher Heck, European Brand Manager, Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH. "Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles will let players experience this incredible game for the first time on the PSP®, while updating its timeless gameplay with new 3D graphics that bring this integral part of the ongoing Castlevania saga to life."

Castlevania®: The Dracula X Chronicles will be released for PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) in Q4. For more information, please contact Steve Merrett at Voltage PR on 020 7903 5122 or email steve@voltagepr.com.

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