The latest issue of Official PlayStation Magazine has spilled the beans on some of the new features included in the follow-up to Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.
Vampire protagonist Gabriel will have access to a new weapon in the form of the ‘Blood Whip,' which is a ranged weapon similar to previous instalments. Players can string combos together by executing wide-sweeping light attacks and heavy blows.
Dracula’s Blood replaces the magic system of the previous game, and can be replenished by killing enemies or performing certain combos.
Gabriel can summon two powers by spending blood, namely Void and Chaos. The former takes the form of a massive sword that regenerates your health with every hit, while the latter conjures a pair of shield-breaking claws.
Also new to the table in Lords of Shadow 2 is the Focus skill. This rewards players for countering, blocking and evading attacks, though exactly how it rewards you is as yet unclear.
Finally, and keeping in with the venerable series’ tradition, Gabriel can transform into a mist-like entity to pass through vents, fences and other such physical objects. Boss battles are also said to have been ramped and will be more memorable as a result, and gamers now have full control of the camera.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is due out on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.