Castlevania: Symphony of the Night coming to PS4

Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night will make their way to the PlayStation 4 according to new ESRB ratings filed by Konami. According to the newly discovered description given by the ESRB ratings board the two games will be included together in a collection release planned for the PlayStation 4. It is unclear at this time if other consoles such as Nintendo Switch and Xbox will also receive the release, but it is likely.

A bit of an interesting aspect to this evolving story is that the recently revealed PlayStation Classic console from Sony has many fans hoping for a Castlevania: Symphony of the Night inclusion. Sony has only announced 5 of the 20 titles the miniature unit will include, and this is one of the most highly demanded games that could potentially appear for the system. There is a collective thought by many in the press that it’s somehow unlikely we will see that happen. Konami hasn’t exactly been the most evil company since their battle with creative director Hideo Kojima, but they have certainly been less than popular and making most decisions based on corporate interest rather than fan demand.

Instead of a PlayStation Classic inclusion for Symphony of the Night, Konami appears to be launching the game for current-gen hardware including the PlayStation 4 as part of a dual game package that also comes with Rondo of Blood. Symphony of the Night is one of the most beloved titles in the series and holds a lot of memories in people’s hearts regarding the golden years of the very first PlayStation. The title released in 1997 with over 140 enemies and heavy RPG elements helping it rise to over 1.27 million units sold in a time when surpassing a million was considered an incredible benchmark.

The legacy of this game perhaps overshadows even its own success. The creation of a term known as “metroid-vania” came about to describe titles that featured 2D side-scrolling action / adventure gameplay with heavy RPG elements, hidden rooms, excellent storytelling, and other aspects seen in games like Metroid as well as Castlevania. Symphony of the Night may be the favorite among many Castlevania fans even if it was missed by a large group and is considered a cult classic. Rondo of Blood was created for PC Engine (also known as Turbo Grafx 16) and later became Castlevania: Dracula X for Super Nintendo.

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