MercurySteam's next project will be a new IP, Konami producer Dave Cox has revealed, stating that the publisher has "enormous faith in them as a developer".

Cox discussed the developer's next title on Twitter earlier today while responding to reports stating that MercurySteam is to retire from Castlevania after completing development on Lords of Shadow 2, due for release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC later this year.

"When I said we are done with Castlevania, it's because we want to move forward with MercurySteam on a new project in a new universe!" Cox said. "Why???... Because we are extremely happy with our partner and we have enormous faith in them as a developer."

Cox later confirmed to that MercurySteam's new title would be a new IP.

MercurySteam has previously developed two Castlevania titles: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and March's 3DS spin-off Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate, and is currently putting the finishing touches to Lords of Shadow 2.

It also created 2007 horror shooter Clive Barker's Jericho.

"What happens with Castlevania after LOS is not clear," added Cox, "but we hope to leave it in the best of health for those who come after us."

Source: @CastlevaniaLOS