Classic anime Record of Lodoss War is being adapted into a Castlevania-style game

We wouldn't have expected an old anime like Record of Lodoss War to come out of nowhere as a Castlevania: Symphony of the Night-like game, but it looks surprisingly good.


Record of Lodoss War is a classic among the anime pantheon. This Dungeons & Dragons-inspired franchise first came out in 1990 as an animated series and then 1991 as a manga. It has been adapted to several different forms of media and remakes since. Such seems to be the case again with a new upcoming game from studios Team Ladybug and Why so serious?, who are working on Record of Lodoss War - Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth: an action platformer that looks entirely similar to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and games like it.

Record of Lodoss War - Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth was announced on February 19, 2020, via publisher PLAYISM’s Twitter. Slated to come to Steam early access on March 13, players will take on the role of elf warrior Deedlit, who finds herself waking up in an unknown place with monsters all around. Players will control Deedlit as she explores the labyrinth, fighting off creatures, discovering weapons, treasures, and abilities, and seeking answers to why she was left there.

It doesn’t take long to see just how much like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and other such titles Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth is. From the combat and platforming to the pixel art and exploration, it oozes the things we loved about those games, but it also features some cool nods for those familiar with the Record of Lodoss War series. It would appear that players will come across other characters from the series both friend and foe, like the Dwarf warrior Ghim and the Dark Elf Pirotess respectively, who will either aid or fight against Deedlit in her journey.

With Konami having turned away from traditional games for the most part, it’s cool to see a game like Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth keep this style of game alive. We’ll be looking forward to it as a new and surprising addition to the 2020 video game calendar.

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      February 21, 2020 4:04 PM

      Symphony of the Night meets Deedlit

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      February 21, 2020 6:13 PM

      This raises nothing but doubt and both eyebrows.

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      February 22, 2020 6:11 AM

      I've been debating lately if it was time to dust off the DVDs. I really enjoyed the first OVA. I never could finish the 2nd. The animation quality dropped significantly and the story moved too slowly. I didn't mind the large cast of characters, though it was hard to keep track of them all, but the pacing was just too slow.

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        February 22, 2020 6:13 AM

        But, one correction to the article, the story from the 1st OVA is based on LOTR.

        Yeah, I think I'm going to end up watching this with the older kids later today. I think.

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          February 22, 2020 7:34 AM

          Eh, the OVA looks and feels a hell of a lot like a D&D campaign and never reminded me of LOTR. It's way too high fantasy for that.

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            February 22, 2020 7:38 AM

            Really? I mean look at the composition of the party. Same plot about an object that controls the wearer. Underground realm. Epic quest build up. It's been over 10 yrs since I've watched it, but I remember the last time I just kept thinking it was really similar to LOTR story points. I'll try to watch it later. I'll either note what really is similar, or admit I'm way off. Not sure I'll be able to binge the whole thing this weekend.

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              February 22, 2020 7:46 AM

              I guess to me it just felt that way because you have every major character class (including the old school D&D "dwarf" and "elf" classes) going on an adventure against dragons and insane wizards and all that stuff, and lots of weird monsters. But of course D&D itself was clearly LOTR-inspired, so maybe it all falls apart trying to pick a point of direct inspiration. LOTR always just felt a lot more subdued to me, while Lodoss just reminded me of my D&D games and things like Dragonlance, with huge dragons and tons of weird magic and creatures and lots of very dramatic anime kind of moments.

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            February 22, 2020 9:56 AM

            Fun fact the story was originally just a transcript of the creator’s D&D campaign set in a custom universe.

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