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Rumour: Crystal Dynamics on “Soul Reaver” reboot

Tuesday, 20 March 2012 10:29 GMT By Patrick Garratt

VG247 has it on good authority that Crystal Dynamics is currently working on a full reboot of vampire series Legacy of Kain.

Crystal Dynamics is working on a reboot of “Soul Reaver,” VG247 has been told.

Details are anorexic, but our source has claimed the game is a full reworking of the vampire action classic, and includes a new art direction.

We have been previously told the project was aiming for a reveal this year – possibly at E3 – but new information has warned this may not be accurate.

It’s unclear where the new game will lie in the IP, and whether or not Raziel or Kain will lead. The series itself is Legacy of Kain; Kain is a noble murdered and revived as a vampire who embarks on a crusade to kill his assassins and be restored to human form.

The protagonist of Soul Reaver – the sequel to the series’s first title, Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, which released in 1996 for PlayStation – is vampire-turned-wraith Raziel.

Soul Reaver – released in 1999 for PlayStation and PC, with a Dreamcast version following in 2000 – was a much-loved action adventure, and spawned a direct sequel in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 for PS2 and PC in 2001.

Two more games followed: Blood Omen 2: Legacy of Kain in 2002 and Legacy of Kain: Defiance for PS2, Xbox and PC in 2003.

Aside from some PSN releases, the series has been dormant ever since.

Crystal Dynamics is currently working on Square’s Tomb Raider reboot for release later this year. The studio has also confirmed it’s readying to announced a new IP in 2012. We’ve been told today this is an XBLA game.

We’ve reached out to Square Enix for comment, but no reply had been received at the time of writing.

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26 Comments

  1. Colin Gallacher

    Oh shit…Raziel! :D

    #1 3 years ago
  2. YoungZer0

    This would be amazing!

    #2 3 years ago
  3. BraveArse

    Oh. My. God. Raziel is *still* my favourite gaming protagonist, and that world shifting mechanic….

    Now tell me Rallisport Challenge is coming back.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Maximum Payne

    Well yea after Tomb Raider reboot its completely possible.
    But I always loved Kain more :D

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Blerk

    This had better be true, or there will be blood!

    And Raziel to lead, please. He was always far more interesting than Kain.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Patrick Garratt

    :D

    #6 3 years ago
  7. BraveArse

    I thought Kain was brilliant in the very first Kain game on the PS1 but i felt they ruined him in the later games. Raziel though…

    Admittedly, he *was* a chinless wonder ( ahahahahaha ).

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Ercarret

    Yeah!

    I think I played 10 minutes of one of the games. Don’t know which. But man, I liked the protagonist. Don’t know which one, though.

    10 minutes at a friend’s house, then I got stuck, got mad, and never played it again. I don’t really know why I’m even a tiny bit excited about the possibility of a revival. But that protagonist was really cool. I guess that left a pretty big impression on my 13 year old self. :D

    #8 3 years ago
  9. SplatteredHouse

    Incredible! :D

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Maximum Payne

    When you think about it,its far better IMO that they doing new game instead of stupid HD collection with same camera,control problems,now old cut scenes and just unscaled graphics…

    #10 3 years ago
  11. absolutezero

    nope nope nope nope nope

    Ill say that I would love a remake of Blood Omen, that would be amazing but a Soul Reaver game means Raziel. Raziel needs the Elder God and the Elder God NEEDS Tony Jay.

    Its also going to be missing Amy Hennig.

    So yeah, im pretty skeptical about this, I still think Crystal Dynamics are fantastic developers but theres just too many pieces missing now to bring Legacy of Kain back in the way it should be.

    That and they never actually finished the original story in the first place so making a reboot is a bit cheeky.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Voiceofsoi

    So they got Corey Balrog to take the role Amy Hennig once filled… I’m excited but skeptical.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Voiceofsoi

    @absolutezero Oh yeah! How can they possibly do Soul Reaver without Tony Jay?!?! Maybe the reason they’re remaking Soul Reaver is because they want the original voicework… That’s just hopeful thinking isn’t it?

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Gheritt White

    “And Raziel to lead, please. He was always far more interesting than Kain.”

    ^THIS^

    If this is true, I will be *so* excited!!

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Telepathic.Geometry

    Thank you Jesus. I’m secretly hoping that what they really mean is that they’re doing a HD remake of Soul Reaver, keeping all of the voice work and finishing off that telekinetic vampire boss’ level. Too much to ask?

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Takeshi

    VG247, you guys better not be screwing with us. This is so my most-anticipated game if it’s true.

    @absolutezero: Tony Jay was great, but I don’t really want that to be the reason why we’ll never see a new Soul Reaver game.

    With Tomb Raider’s reboot looking amazing, I have complete faith in Crystal Dynamics. Do it!

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Bleak Harvest

    @absolutezero Naturally, you said everything I wanted to say. HUGE concerns about this… but I’m just happy Soul Reaver fans come out the woodwork.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. freedoms_stain

    @15, I’d love them to remake Soul Reaver with the originally planned ending too: http://legacyofkain.wikia.com/wiki/Original_Soul_Reaver_Storyline

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Razz

    Never played this, always wanted to but I just didn’t get around to it. I hope they remake or at least remaster the entire Legacy of Kain series and release iton XBLA/PSN.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. TheWulf

    This is kind of good news, but… I’m also kind of sadface about it.

    Why a reboot?

    The original games are still really good! They hadn’t made a single misstep.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. LegacyofKain

    Kain is the best vampire ever

    #21 3 years ago
  22. The_Red

    Reboot with new art direction!? WHY THE HELL!? Why?
    I want to love this news but that part is really worrying.

    @20
    Completely agreed.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Gamemuch

    I have a little faith, crystal dynamics are the only game company that haven’t failed me completely the last couple of years. With swtor and the mass effect 3 ending bioware, the 2nd last bastion of hope, have now finally dropped in my eyes.

    Legacy of Kain was one of the last games which I truly enjoyed. Should this be true, that a reboot of legacy of kain: soulreaver is in the works, and it should it come out as every other games these days:

    Simplified, with dummed down writing.

    Without the brilliant shakespearean storytelling or the fatalistic topics the first games touched.

    If it fails on providing these, I will commit suicide and write “Crystal Dynamics” did this, in my note :(

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Phoenixblight

    @23

    Well seeing the original writor who wrote most of the LoK series is now the writer for Uncharted. You better get ready because I doubt they will be able to replicate the original games especially without Amy.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Alfasz87

    Yesssss!!! Raziel could definitely use a reboot! Imagine our dearest soul-sucking blue wraith shifting between realms, swimming across the lake of the damned, stoking the soul-reaver through hordes of demons and armored corpses once again! (in highly detailed cutting edge graphics of course) Or even the chance to play as his former “vampire glory” self.. A re-telling of the story wouldn’t hurt at all, specially when you take new audiences into consideration. I just hope the continue to tell the story afterwards and let the world know Kain for all he is as well… *faints* this is too good to be just a rumor!! :)

    #25 3 years ago
  26. El_MUERkO

    The first two games in the series were two of the best PS1 games ever made, epic, cinematic and tonnes of fun.

    I’d love for someone to delve back into the mythos and make a worthy sequel!

    #26 3 years ago

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  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

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  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

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  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

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  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

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  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

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  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

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  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

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  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

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  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

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  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

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  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

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  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

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  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

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  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]