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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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    We haven’t heard much on Harebrained Schemes’ latest since it was announced in November, but today, the team has seen fit to release some interesting gifs of its a new project, Necropolis. Necropolis is a third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated which can be “re-rolled mid-playthrough” and is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online really is lovely, as these screenshots prove

    More Dragon’s Dogma Online screenshots have been released, and this batch is just as lovely as the last gallery we posted. Since this game will likely never leave Japan, the images are a bit of a salt rub for fans of the IP, but hopefully another entry in the series will be released at some […]

  • Action-RPG Death’s Gambit has a classic-Castlevania feel to it

    How would you like to become an agent of Death and rid the world of immortals? Then Death’s Gambit may just be the game for you. Announced by LA-based studio White Rabbit, the action-RPG with platforming elements tasks players with fighting gigantic enemies on an alien, medieval planet. Players will also encounter formidable beasts, knights, […]

  • Modder adds offline co-op into Resident Evil: Revelations 2

    PC users lamenting the lack of local, offline co-op in Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will be pleased to know a modder has remedied the omission. The mod, created by FluffyQuack, adds offline co-op mode to Episode 1 but the only caveat is players will need to use gamepads instead of mouse and keyboard (via Gamespot). […]

  • Number of Steam accounts with Dota 2 installed hits over 42 million

    Dota 2 has seen its installation rate jump 85% year-over-year, resulting in the MOBA now having close to 43 million installations worldwide. The figures were published via a report from video game research and consulting firm EEDAR, which studied Steam accounts daily to better understand the service’s player behavior and title performance. According to statistics […]

  • Nintendo issuing Eon Ticket codes for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

    Nintendo is handing out an Eon Ticket to Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire owners which will allow them to visit the Southern Island. Once a player arrives, depending on which version of the game they own, Pokemon Latios and Latias are able to be caught. The Eon Ticket was originally issued via StreetPass, but […]

  • Here’s a couple The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to brighten your day

    Two images for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced on the game’s Facebook page. Grabbed by Gamekyo, the images show Gerlat and Vesemir chatting with a fellow, and the other shows Geralt riding up to some ruins where some people have been hanged. CD Projekt Red will make an appearance at PAX East next […]

  • Hyrule Warriors Boss Pack DLC contains unlockable character – potential spoilers

    While you already know the next DLC for Hyrule Warriors will allow you to play as the gigantic beast Ganon, there’s a rather humorous unlockable character contained in it as well. Potential spoilers follow below. When the DLC arrived in Japan February 26, YouTuber moccos-tan IsedelicaAs posted a video of the unlockable character, which is […]

  • Star Trek Online players gather on Vulcan to pay respects to Leonard Nimoy

    Star Trek Online players paid tribute to Leonard Nimoy yesterday by gathering around a fountain on Vulcan, the home planet of Spock in the Star Trek series. According to a post by barnacle999 on reddit, when he logged into the MMO “there were around 20 full instances and several partial,” culminating in around 1000 players […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video shows invasion of The Forlorn

    A new Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video has been released, and provides the viewer with a look at the NPC invader system. Watch below as The Forlorn hunts down the player through the game with “with deadly skill and tenacity.” He even teams up with other enemies, making your fight […]

  • Visual upgrade for Wasteland 2, improved modding tools in the works

    A visual upgrade and improved mod tools are in the works for Wasteland 2, according to a blog post from inXile Entertainment. The upgrades will come about as the game’s codebase is migrated from Unity 4.5 to Unity 5. “A major benefit of moving to Unity 5 is that 5 will include many of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline brings “Hollywood crime drama” to single-player campaign

    In the fifth developer diary for Battlefield Hardline, the team discusses how it’s bringing “Hollywood crime drama” to the shooter’s single-player campaign. The video was released a couple of days ago, so apologies are in order if this has been posted already, but I promise I searched the site and never found it. Visceral Games […]

  • Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a pause for tactics isometric RPG coming in 2016

    Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a 2.5D isometric RPG, built in the vein of Baldur’s Gate and Dragon Age in the works at Withing Hour Studios. The game allows the player to pause combat to plan party tactics. “Set in the Venetian-inspired fantasy city of Ombre where rare masks are the key to casting magic, […]

  • Underworld Ascendant surpasses Kickstarter goal

    Underworld Ascendant which was launched on Kickstarter earlier this month, has met its  $600,000 funding goal. With six days left 10,786 backers pledged $610,541 In light of being funded, the team has also switched up the stretch goals as bit, as you can see in the image below. The studio, OtherSide Entertainment, is fronted by Paul Neurath, […]

  • Latest Evolve patch fixes progress and save game data loss on Xbox One

    A patch for Evolve has been released on Xbox One which fixes lost progress and save game data users had reported. The patch also fixes an issue with shadows and flashlight, makes incremental improvements to matchmaking, invites, and rejoining, and there were progressions balance changes. “The issue with lost progress and saved games was mostly […]

  • Online servers for Ridge Racer Unbounded shut down in Europe

    Online functionality for Ridge Racer Unbounded is no longer available, Namco Bandai Europe has announced. Solo mode and the track editor are still playable, minus the sharing options. Ridge Racer Unbounded was released on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March 2013. Thanks, MCV.

  • OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title on 3DS and Wii U

    Curve Digital has announced OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title when it releases on 3DS and Wii U. The Roll7 title will be the first third-party title to offer the functionality on the systems. OllliOlli will be released on the eShop March 5 The game launches on Nintendo’s eShop on March 5th, followed by Xbox […]

  • Darkbeast electrifies latest Bloodborne video

    The latest Bloodborne video shows off another monster in the game. This one is Darkbeast and he’s full of electricity. The video is the last of IGN’s month-long coverage of the title.

  • Future Assassin’s Creed games will have greater focus on modern timeline

    Ubisoft plans to focus more on modern timelines in future Assassin’s Creed games, the company suggested during its latest community livestream. During the Twitch stream, one of the lead writers for the Assassin’s Creed series, Darby McDevitt, said the modern timeline for Brotherhood’s town of Monteriggioni could inspire future development. “That only came about because […]

  • Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 is coming to Xbox One next month

    Halfbrick has announced Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 for Xbox One will release next month. The mobile title made its way onto Xbox 360 garnering 1 million downloads as of March 2012. It has a new multiplayer mode for up to four players with Battle and Party modes along with a new progression system. An announcement […]

  • New GTA 5 PC screens – shit the bed!

    Rockstar has pumped out 15 new screens for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5. Don’t touch them, because they’re electric. And if you touch them, you’ll get shocked. The PC version of GTA 5 has been delayed until April 14, which both sucks and blows. BUT! There’s a new trailer coming between now […]

  • Sony Japan accidentally erases 20th Anniversary PS4 contest entries

    Sony Japan has accidentally erased all information obtained from PlayStation owners who entered to win a 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4. Those who purchased PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita or Vita TV between December 4 – January 15 were handed a calendar with a code which entered them into the contest. Somehow, all data collected from the […]

  • Hearthstone datamine suggests Blackrock Mountain expansion on the way

    Hearthstone’s next update may be based on World of Warcraft’s Molten Core raid, if datamined information posted on Hearthpwn is spot-on. According to files mined from the latest patch, three new cosmetic card backs are on the way, one of which is called Molten Core. The data suggests that pre-ordering the Blackrock Mountain expansion will […]

  • Using Battlefield Hardline single-player gadgets increases your metagame rewards

    Gadgets contained in Battlefield Hardline’s campaign mode have been detailed, and each provides the player with various ways in which to solve crimes. According to design director Scott Warner, one way to “diffuse” a conflict when confronted with criminal activity is to flash your badge and ordering the criminal to freeze. Putting your gun on […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video is all about story mode, new characters

    After promising a new Mortal Kombat X reveal “soon”, NetherRealm Studios has made good on said promise by releasing the story trailer. The video shows parts of the story mode featuring Mileena, which takes place 25 years after the events of 2011′s Mortal Kombat. Outworld has become a larger threat and new fighters joining the […]

  • Destiny’s shotgun and pulse rifle buffs mean it’s time to rethink your load-out

    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]