Well, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is having none of its recent comment backlash and going straight to overdrive for its merchandise release, branding multiple names. It will partner up with various manufacturers and resellers of goods for a range of official merch.
With aoji.fr, it will produce a selection of premium, large-scale prints. There will be posters with dimensions of 90cm by 60cm and 150cm by 100cm. These are limited edition and will come with a certificate of authenticity.
A special, limited edition art book is in the works from Titan Publishing. They commissioned Martin Robinson, editor for Eurogamer, presumably to come up with the commentaries included in the publication. Those wondering about a possible conflict of interest: Eurogamer had their review of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 handled by another editor and they also happened to give it a merely passable score, if that’s an indication.
Moving on, the brand will also take to both Zero Seven Studio and Abysse for a fairly elaborate range of trinkets. This includes hoodies, shirts, mugs and bags. Some of them actually look pretty decent, though they’re also sold for premium value. We’re partial to the Titan shirt, even if it’s not a vital part in the game. Is that a spoiler? It happens in the extended tutorial of the game, before the real thing start, so we don’t know.
I handled a review for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 myself and while the game certainly is visually stunning, its content itself is troubled. There are many great ideas for diverse gameplay, but it rarely sticks, since its aesthetics are always the priority. It was a weird experience to push through.