According to Dreamcast conservation experts, the building dates from before E3 1999 and has five 3D environments and a boss battle. You can read more about the game on Unseen64, which explains how it was canceled due to “disagreements between the Japanese and American Konami teams.” It had been set in 1666 and featured Sonia Belmont (from Castlevania Legends) who met the new character Victor Belmont (who would later appear in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2).
The anonymous owner starts the game from a record labeled “Sega Confidential”
The movement seems intact when ghostly figures follow Sonia around a lava pit and a scary chapel. If it is legitimate, it is a fascinating insight into a promising game that was never made, an all too common story in the gaming industry. IGN even wrote about the game before it was canceled, playing an early version and reviewing early photos.
“Unlike the slightly boring interface of the N64 version,” IGN wrote, “this game looks like it may have what it takes to bring back the visual style that once reigned at the top of the series, with a host of scary villains and a moody, light-hearted atmosphere that is as scary as it is breath. “
While Victor Belmont finally debuted in 2014 in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, it also marked the last time we saw a new part in the series. Konami has since been reluctant to develop new console games for its classic franchises – but it has not closed the gaming department, despite some rumors.
Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.