After months of rumors and mysterious trademark filings, Square Enix finally confirmed today that yes, a brand new Legacy of Kain game is in development… But don’t get your hopes up of another epic Zelda-style adventure with Kain and Raziel just yet, as the next Legacy of Kain game sounds like it’s going to be very… different.
Square Enix community manager George Kelion confirmed the existence of a new Legacy of Kain game, entitled “Nosgoth,” to VG247. “Nosgoth exists and is in active development, but is not a traditional Legacy of Kain action-adventure game”, Kellion told the site, adding “Nosgoth is set in the same universe as previous LoK games, but on a different branch to the Blood Omen and Soul Reaver series. The community should not be thinking of Nosgoth in terms of a single-player experience.”
There’s been rumors that Crystal Dynamics was developing a brand new, single player Legacy of Kain adventure following the completion of last March’s Tomb Raider reboot, but Kelion says those rumors are false. “We don’t want people to get the wrong idea about Nosgoth following the AMD and Steam leaks ahead of its future official announcement. Nosgoth is not being developed by Crystal Dynamics [and] Crystal Dynamics are not working on a Legacy of Kain game”.
Rumors of a Legacy of Kain revival first started when Square registered the domain name “WarforNosgoth.com” and entries for a game entitled “Nosgoth” appeared in the Steam database. “Nosgoth” is the name of the ravaged world where all of the previous Legacy of Kain games have taken place.
I loved the old Legacy of Kain series (especially the original Soul Reaver,) but while I’m glad the series is making a comeback, I’m not sure if it’s going to work as a multiplayer-focused game: all of the previous games were Zelda-styled action-adventure titles with an emphasis on puzzle solving, platforming, and an extremely dense (some would say overly complicated) storyline — elements that don’t really translate well to a multiplayer setting. It’s also pretty disappointing to hear that Crystal Dynamics, the team that created most of the original LoK series, isn’t working on the new title. Of course, Kelion didn’t say anything else about the game besides the fact that it’s not a single player title, so for all we know, it could be anything from a casual social game to hardcore competitive shooter or maybe even an MMO, so there’s still a chance this new game might be good. Still, this news doesn’t exactly fill me with optimism.
Oh well, I suppose I should be glad that, unlike some other Square Enix franchises, at least it’s not being turned itno an iOS game.