Back in late 1999, following the series’ success with Symphony of the Night, Konami opted to give 3D Castlevania a try once more with a new project for the Dreamcast called Castlevania: Resurrection. The game was set to introduce a new member of the Belmont family, Victor, alongside the previously introduced Sonia from Castlevania Legends on the Game Boy.
Unfortunately, despite some early impressions that were on the positive side, the game never came to be, as the publisher cancelled it. However, over the weekend, a lucky YouTuber managed to get their hands on a prototype of Resurrection. So, oddly enough, it lives up to its title by being returned once more.
The video below, although on the brief side, shows the demo in action, featuring a playable Sonia as she makes her way through two of the five stages, which are accessible through a menu implemented by the developer.
Although Victor would eventually return in a new role in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, some gamers couldn’t help but ask what happened to Resurrection. Well, per this interview with Castlevania Dungeon, art director Greg Orduyan had something to say. He noted that the game was pretty much misdirected thanks to “some people within Konami who had their own agenda.” This led to a whole lot of conflict, mainly with the American development team behind it. Eventually, though, it was the introduction of the PlayStation 2 a year later, in 2000, that did it in.
Check out the video below to get a glimpse of what might have been. Hopefully, we’ll see another one down the road that digs into more levels from the now-cancelled project.
Want to win a PlayStation 5? We’re giving one away!