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Silicon Knights “returning to its roots” with mystery project

Wednesday, 2nd November 2011 04:52 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Beleaguered Canadian developer Silicon Knights is forging ahead with its unannounced new game, despite losing publisher support.

“The company is currently refocusing and returning to its roots, working on one of its most requested titles for the next generation,” a spokesperson told Kotaku.

Yesterday, Silicon Knights confirmed rumours of significant lay offs, although the cuts were not as grievous as initially reported.

The cuts were put down to the cancellation of a project “at the final second”.

“We are currently in discussions with other potential partners,” the representative said of the mystery project.

The possibility of a publisher switch suggests Silicon Knights owns the rights to whatever it is developing; the develoepr’s best-received work may be Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain.

Eidos was the last to hold the rights to the franchise; its properties were transfered to Square Enix during acquisition. The publisher has been known to part with properties it has no intentions of redeveloping.

Silicon Knights last release, X-Men: Destiny, was very poorly received, as was the one before that, Too Human. Prior to that it scored cult success with Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem.

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6 Comments

  1. Takeshi

    Exiting, I’ve only played Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. But a Kain game with next-gen graphics? Holy mother!

    #1 3 years ago
  2. The_Red

    I still can’t understand why and how they made X-Men Destiny. It wasn’t just bad. It was one of the worst games I’ve played this gen.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. YoungZer0

    @2: Good question. There was no effort put into it. None. Their portfolio was already bad enough with Too Human, but this makes it even worse.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. StolenGlory

    They should just give us a real, proper, honest-to-goodness successor to the original Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain (I don’t count Blood Omen 2 on the grounds that it was utter gash) for XBLA, PSN and Steam, complete with hyper-detailed sprite work and HD visuals.

    MAKE IT HAPPEN!

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Ireland Michael

    @4 Like I pointed out in the previous Silicon Knights story, they don’t own the rights to the franchise, and Eidos don’t appear to have much interest in reviving the franchise any time soon.

    It wouldn’t be the same without Amy Henning anyway.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. StolenGlory

    @5 Shit, forgot about the whole rights thing and ditto about the Amy Henning comment; especially that Naughty Dog have her locked up all nice and tight.

    Eternal Darkness 2 it is then?

    #6 3 years ago

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