Square Enix has a game called "Nosgoth" in the works, and while little is known, it appears to be a new, multiplayer-focused entry in the Legacy of Kain franchise.
Like many of the big hits to debut on the original PlayStation, the Legacy of Kain series has faded into obscurity over the years. This should be seen as a travesty, as the Legacy of Kain games have always offered an appropriately dark world full of vampires and other evil creatures as well as engaging, deep gameplay. If anything it's odd that we haven't seen any Legacy of Kain sequels any time recently - at least, that's what I would be saying had you asked me yesterday. This morning Square Enix offered a bit of news that makes everything I just typed moot.
According to the publisher, it's currently engaged in bringing a title called Nosgoth to market. What is Nosgoth? "Nosgoth exists and is in active development, but is not a traditional Legacy of Kain action-adventure game," states Square Enix community manager George Kelion. "Nosgoth is set in the same universe as previous [Legacy Of Kain] games, but on a different branch to the Blood Omen and Soul Reaver series."
Something of a spin-off then? That's neat, but it's not the most intriguing information Kelion shared. "The community should not be thinking of Nosgoth in terms of a single-player experience," he adds.
So it's a game set in the Legacy Of Kain universe that is not a "single-player experience?" That's unexpected. Any other surprises? "Nosgoth is not being developed by [Legacy of Kain creator] Crystal Dynamics," Kelion states. "Crystal Dynamics are not working on a Legacy of Kain game"
A new Legacy of Kain title being developed by someone other than the franchise's creator that ditches the series' traditional single-player focus in favor of ... something else? I'm willing to give the game the benefit of the doubt, but this sounds like a huge departure from what fans might expect from a future Legacy of Kain title. If you're a hardcore Legacy of Kain fan, how upsetting is this news? Are you ready to toss a brick through the window of Square Enix headquarters? That's probably an overreaction, but we like your moxie.