References to the word “Nosgoth” recently popped up on recent updates to the Steam database and on the driver files for AMD’s Crossfire program, leading many to believe that a Legacy of Kain revival is in the works.
In case you forgot, “Nosgoth” was the setting for Eidos’ popular Legacy of Kain series. The vampire themed, Zelda-style action adventure series has been dormant ever since 2003’s Legacy of Kain Defiance. An image (below) branded with the word “Nosgoth” and featuring an icon resembling the Pillars of Nosgoth (a key location in the series’ incredibly convoluted story line,) was recently uploaded into the Steam database.
Rumors of a new sequel in the series have been circulating ever since Square-Enix (which now owns Eidos,) registered the domain “WarForNosgoth.com” a few months ago. While Defiance brought the conflict between series protagonists Kain and Raziel to a close, it did leave a few openings for a possible sequel.
Most of the Legacy of Kain games were created by California-based developer Crystal Dynamics. Since Defiance’s release in 2003, Crystal Dynamics has only developed Tomb Raider games, starting with 2006’s Tomb Raider Legend. Despite selling 3.5 million copies and getting loads of critical acclaim, publisher Square-Enix considers the most recent Tomb Raider reboot to be a financial disappointment, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Square shelved the Tomb Raider franchise (at least for a little while,) and tasked Crystal Dynamics with working on a Legacy of Kain sequel/reboot instead. Last year, Crystal Dynamics producer Scot Amos said that their next game after Tomb Raider would be something that was “fresh and familiar,” leading many to believe that the studio was working on a revival of one of their old franchises.