Remember that patent from the weekend about how Sony’s using nifty technology to remaster through emulation? We always suspected that Castlevania Requiem would be one such title taking advantage of the tech, and it turns out we were correct: the Konami classics are coming to the PlayStation 4 courtesy of the console’s PlayStation Portable emulator.
This is where it gets complicated: Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles launched on the PSP in 2007, and was effectively a remake of Rondo of Blood. But the UMD included copies of the original PC Engine title as well as PSone smash Symphony of the Night. Our understanding is that Sony’s using the PSP emulator on the PS4 to bring back the two aforementioned titles in 4K.
Why does this matter? Well, the PSP versions altered the script and added new voice actors, in an attempt to improve on the schlocky originals. Of course, purists prefer the classics, and thus this has all caused a bit of a ruckus on social media – as you’d expect. The games are, pretty much, still the same – but they’re not the originals. The question is: do you care?