Konami has pushed back the release of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, the company has confirmed.

The MercurySteam-developed 3DS title is now expected in early 2013.

"We want to take the necessary time needed to give fans a handheld title unlike any other," said Konami producer Dave Cox.

Mirror of Fate takes place 25 years after the events of Lords of Shadow and will serve as a bridge between Lords of Shadow 1 and 2—the latter of which is due in 2013 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate reveals the story of Gabriel Belmont's descendants, Simon and Trevor Belmont, as they battle their own destiny only to discover their true, shocking fate, according to Konami.