Konami once again seems to be working on a new unannounced Castlevania related game and now they have registered a trademark that seems to be directly related to the game.
The trademark, which corresponds to the phrase ‘Project Zircon’, was filed last week and published today. The trademark was sought for use in a large number of fields, including “commercial video game machine software.”
As noted Gematsuthe name “Project Zircon” may be a reference to an item found in the Castlevania series.
Zircon is a jewel found in several Castlevania games and first appeared in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
Konami Digital Entertainment filed a trademark for “Project Zircon” on March 7 in Japan.
The only connection between “Konami” and “zircon” I was able to find is that zircon appears as a jewel (the least valuable) in the Castlevania series.https://t.co/3DPHFySPP5 pic.twitter.com/TWPXyOQo5v
—Gematsu (@gematsu) March 14, 2023
It should be noted that the Project Zircon trademark also covers Konami for use in arcade machines and other “award-winning commercial gaming machines,” which means it’s not certain that it refers to an upcoming console game.
Like many of Konami’s mainline game series, including Metal Gear Solid and (until its recent resurrection) Silent Hill, Castlevania has been dormant for several years: the last mainline installment, Lords of Shadow 2, released in 2014 and it was outsourced to an external developer, Spanish studio MercurySteam.
While older titles have been released as part of compilations, no announcement regarding the development of a new title in the series has been made, despite persistent reports.