When "the mask" appeared at Konami's Kojima Productions page before E3, everyone believed it had something to do with the master's new title. Well, it doesn't have anything to do with either Metal Gear Solid: Rising or Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker ; it's actually for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow !
We had heard the name "Lords of Shadow" before, but we had no idea it was tied to the long-running Castlevania franchise. Now, it has been revealed for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, set to release some time next year. For the first screenshots and a brand new trailer, visit the link above and try your best not to unhinge your jaw; this appears to feature DMC or NG style action. Yes, the days of only two dimensions are long gone and while some purists would like to say that CV needed to stay with those two dimensions, we always have faith in Kojima Productions and Konami. We're not sure what sort of role Kojima will play in the design and production of this game, but we imagine he has his hands full with those aforementioned MGS titles. We have yet to see a really amazing 3D Castlevania installment so we're long overdue, but perhaps this is the generation that will allow the series to break through. Really, if they keep that traditional atmosphere and translate it to a 3D, God of War -like format, they really can't go wrong. And hey, we need more vampires in video games, damnit.
Anyway, now that it has been announced, we'll definitely track down as much info as we can. For now, be happy with the media at the official site; it looks very promising.
Related Game(s): Castlevania: Lords of Shadow