Square Enix announces "exciting", unconventional Legacy of Kain title Nosgoth

Crystal Dynamics not involved with project - more details post-E3

If I were to tattoo a game's name on myself, that game might be The Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, a wondrously flawed gothic action-adventure from 1999. Fans have been badgering Square Enix for a new Legacy of Kain title for yonks, and according to the publisher's community manager George Kelion (via a VG247 report) there's actually one on the boil. It's called Nosgoth. Let the drums sound and the trumpets blow.

Square Enix registered a web domain for "War for Nosgoth" earlier this year (via GameInformer) - the phrase also appears in an AMD driver update on Steam. Kelion says the game "exists and is in active development, but is not a traditional Legacy of Kain action-adventure game". It's "set in the same universe as previous LoK games, but on a different branch to the Blood Omen and Soul Reaver series."


Nosgoth won't be announced at E3, but Square Enix is apparently "very excited" about the concept. "We don't want people to get the wrong idea about Nosgoth following the AMD and Steam leaks ahead of its future official announcement," Kelion added. In a disconcerting twist, the game's not being developed by Crystal Dynamics - the studio responsible for the original Soul Reaver, Soul Reaver 2 and Legacy of Kain: Defiance.

The Legacy of Kain series began with Silicon Knights' Blood Omen, a more conventional albeit excellent top-down RPG-brawler. Following Soul Reaver's release, the franchise narrative has been dominated by the relationship between the latter's frontman Raziel and Kain himself.

The choice of "Nosgoth" - the name of the planet on which all this occurs - as title for the new project suggests that it's more about the world than the characters this time, which could correspond to a genre switch of some kind - an MMO, perhaps? Or a real-time strategy experience, even.

We dug up some suggestive storyboard art in February. Might want to have another look.

Update - Kelion has added the following, via Eurogamer. "Sorry to be so cagey. There will be an official announcement in due course when we'll reveal Nosgoth properly, so we can't go into tons of detail just at the moment. Everyone at Square Enix is really excited by the game and we're all looking forward to lifting the veil of secrecy in the future."

Also, Nosgoth isn't a single player game. I'm getting tingles of anxiety, here.