Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate is a 2.5D action-adventure platformer developed by MercurySteam and published by Konami for the Nintendo 3DS (in both retail and eShop form) on March 5, 2013.
It is the follow-up game to Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, building up events for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 while establishing the series’ most prominent characters (in a surprising way) for the “Lords of Shadow” continuity.
The gameplay mixes the combat engine of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow with the platforming of earlier 2D Castlevania games (such as Super Castlevania IV) and Metroidvania exploration of later 2D Castlevania games (such as Castlevania: Symphony of the Night).
The game is set decades after Gabriel Belmont, a holy knight in the Brotherhood of Light, defeated the Lords of Shadow and The Forgotten One (while turning into a dark and powerful vampire, known as “Dracula”). Split into four Acts, players take control of four different protagonists in three different time periods:
Along the way, Simon, Alucard, and Trevor encounter a mysterious figure (known as the Lost Soul), who advises and assists the protagonists throughout the game (while giving them information about their fate). Simon and Alucard also encounter monsters constructed by an evil villain known as the Toy Maker.
A high-definition version of the game was later released for the Xbox 360 (via Xbox Live Arcade) and PlayStation 3 (via PlayStation Network) on October 31, 2013. This version was later released for the PC (via Steam) on March 27, 2014.