Legacy Of Kain Is Back, Kind Of
Square Enix has heard your pleas, mortals. They've decided to bring back the Legacy of Kain series. Don't get too excited, though: it's a free-to-play, multiplayer game.
"Nosgoth is defined by fast and brutal melee versus ranged gameplay," says a blog post by Psyonix's Corey Davis. "You’ll fight in team-based multiplayer battles as one of two warring factions – the Humans or the Vampires. The Humans are merciless hunters trained in an arsenal of lethal ranged weaponry and specialized devices. The Vampires, meanwhile, are vicious predators that rely on ferocious up-close attacks augmented by their innate inhuman abilities."
Each faction has three classes to choose from. The human classes include the Scout, Hunter and Alchemist. Vampire players can be the stealthy Reavers, the brutish Tyrants or the winged Sentinels. The Sentinels can be seen flying in the gameplay trailer above. I'm not sure why anyone would want to play as anything else. However, Psyonix says they're going to keep the playing field very level among the factions and classes.
"We’re focused on developing a balanced ranged vs. melee experience that’s straightforward for newcomers while providing plenty of depth for veterans to master. We’re hoping that by enabling you to play for free, as many of you as possible will ultimately get to try out Nosgoth and come to enjoy this distinctive dynamic as much as we do."
It's been about a decade since Legacy of Kain: Defiance, the last game in the main LoK series. I imagine fans were hoping Square Enix's revival of the franchise would look a whole lot different. However, with series developer Crystal Dynamics busy working on the next Tomb Raider, I'm not sure who's left to build a new single-player Kain game.
I feel bad for Psyonix. Their team has experience with multiplayer titles like Gears of War, Mass Effect 3 and Unreal Tournament 2004 so it's very possible that Nosgoth will turn out okay. However, I think the main reaction to this game is going to be, "Why did Square Enix turn a single-player, story-driven series into a team deathmatch?" The debate over whether it's a legitimate Legacy of Kain project will overshadow the game itself.
If you're willing to give the game a shot, sign up for the closed alpha and beta tests. You'll have to create a Square Enix Membership account in order to do so.
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