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Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun gameplay videos leaked

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 14:40 GMT By Dave Cook

Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun was outed as part of a NeoGAF investigation back in June. Before it was cancelled it contained a multiplayer mode called War for Nosgoth, which is now the basis of ‘Nosgoth’, the next game in the series. Square-Enix has now shed light on why Dead Sun was cancelled, along with some new concept art.

UPDATE: Mama Robotnik has collated a batch of Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun gameplay videos over on NeoGAF - via CVG. Have a gander:

What do you think?

ORIGINAL STORY: You can catch-up on Dead Sun details, along with information on nine cancelled projects from within the Legacy of Kain series here.

Now, Square-Enix community manager George Kelion has posted on the same GAF thread “I thought you might want a bit more information. I can confirm that Dead Sun was a project which had been in development – but which was cancelled. I know it’s disappointing to hear about these things out of context, and whilst some of the details released are accurate – some details are not.

“You know game projects can be cancelled for a variety of different reasons and I know it’s very hard to tell from images and info alone, but in the end LoK: Dead Sun just wasn’t the right game, at the right time… but you’ll have to take me at my word on that, I’m afraid.

“Obviously, it’s not usual for assets from cancelled games to be released, but given that there’s a lot out there already I thought you might appreciate seeing a few more images that were taken from the previously in-progress game.

“As you’ll be aware, we’re currently working on a multiplayer game firmly set within the Legacy of Kain universe called Nosgoth, which we’re very proud of. It’s grown in size and scope since its initial conception and we’ll be talking more about it in the future. While we’re not working on a single-player Legacy of Kain game right now, that doesn’t mean it’s not something we’d look at making in the future.”

Kelion then posted a gallery of images from Dead Sun, which we have below, starting with protagonist Gein.

What do you make of the game’s cancellation? Let us know below.

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22 Comments

  1. Ali

    Great that’s how u prevent Climax from using some of those assets on their own projects.

    Game looks more interesting than thier new Final Fantasy IMO !

    #1 2 years ago
  2. dizzygear

    It might look interesting but it could have played like crap. We will never know…
    I still think its cool Squeenix actually commented in that thread.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. The_Red

    @1
    That is some double dickiness. First, cancel a promising LOK game and then do this so the devs can’t use it. Well done SE.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DreamCleaver

    Pfft! I don’t want a multiplayer game! Color me disappointed.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. orakaa

    Damn, those visuals looked sweet. I have ABSOLUTELY no interest in multiplayer, but I would definitely have bought a new single player game on LoK. Damn, I want to play Blood Omen again.

    More generally, I have the feeling that all companies are trying to go after the trend launched by Call of Duty games: CoD is making a LOT of money, and is extremely popular for its multiplayer.
    Is it the same kind of trend as the one launched by World of Warcraft for MMORPGs, where almost all big companies poured insane amounts of money to create MMOs, only to realize that they couldn’t reach WoW’s success and that MANY companies lost a consistent amount of money?

    The thing is, I’m wondering if, CoD aside, the multiplayer aspect of games is really giving developer money? Sure it can delay the time where people trade their games, thus lowering impact of used games sales, etc. but apart from that?

    Will there be a moment where developer will realize that single player games are ALSO wanted and should (have) not be(en) abandoned? Legacy of Kain is a primary example of that: it was NEVER a multiplayer game to begin with. Never.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Chaos Spectre

    “but in the end LoK: Dead Sun just wasn’t the right game, at the right time”

    Wow, great reasoning, so glad they cancelled this game.

    I seriously have no respect for Square Enix right now. LOK was a series that inspired me to write, and now I’m watching it get torn to shreds. Its like giving the movies rights for Lord of the Rings to Uwe Boll.

    I’ve been wanting a new LOK for this past decade, and have been keeping my eye out forever for one. I got the DLC for Guardian of Light just so I could play Kain and Raziel again, and I bought the LOK pack as soon as it hit steam (didn’t know about gog for a while, otherwise I would have struck there first).

    This is just crap now. If the multiplayer is anything like those leaked sources said, then we are getting a LOK that players like Monday Night Combat, and my only thought is fucking why? MNC hasn’t even done that well itself, and MOBAs are not raking in a crap ton a money unless they are DOTA 2 or LoL, so why shoot yourself in the foot?

    Does SE hate LOK or something?

    Either way, Nosgoth has now fallen, and we might as well pay our respects for what was. You won’t ever be forgiven for this Square Enix.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. dizzygear

    “Its like giving the movies rights for Lord of the Rings to Uwe Boll.”

    Funny you’d say that. Eidos gave the movie rights for Fear Effect to Uwe Boll right after canning Fear Effect 3.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. redwood

    http://images.vg247.com/current//2013/06/BC_BG_S_Gein_05_zps7aed63f6.jpg

    that’s the most bad-ass vampire I have EVER EVER seen. why did they cancel this .. and now a multiplayer game? :( I hope it’s not a moba :( or an equally worthless.. MMORPG. “buy 2 barells of blood with 2 dollars, will last for 30 days or 60 drinks, which ever comes first “

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Ireland Michael

    I guess I must be the only person who thinks the Legacy of Kain franchise should be laid to rest.

    It was a brilliant franchise, It had its time in the spotlight, but it was pretty clear by Defiance that it had stretched itself as far as it could go.

    Why are things in gaming never allowed to just end?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Clupula

    In truth, except for the original PS1 Legacy of Kain, I actually hated the gameplay of the entire series. It was the one franchise that I totally preferred to watch other people play, because the story was excellent, but the gameplay bored the shit out of me.

    Honestly, the end of Defiance seemed like a pretty final ending, I mean, even going so far as to explain the origin of the Soul Reaver, so, I don’t really see where they could go with it, to be quite honest, but you can always clone Ripley, I guess.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Gnosis

    @9 Maybe because Defiance had an open ending.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. ayman03

    @9 because the good games never get replaced by other good games
    ask Prince Of Persia Series if there is a game since its demise that replaced it

    #12 2 years ago
  13. darkholm25

    brothers and sisters fans of lok if we all ban together and tell them that we want a a single player lok they may think twice about making it lok was a cult classic we has to prove it will be a hit if it comes out i wanna see the true end of lok saga with kain is what i want or a start of a new saga in the lok world like sr plez back me on this ppl lets not let raziel’s death be in vain and for kain to find peace and balance for his long hard life plez ppl help your voice can save a hero from fall fadeing into memory

    #13 2 years ago
  14. omfgdiefgtdie

    lok was an amazing game. great story and voice over acting…ya the gameplay could have been added too…but the story totally made up for it. i wanted the enhanced BloodOmen game….remake the original blood omen on the next gen systems and add more to it, features and more storyline. game would be a great one to tide people over until another future lok title..

    #14 2 years ago
  15. YoungZer0

    Looks like it had an actual theme, which is something a lot of modern games do not have.

    Ugh, I miss the franchise.

    @10: Yeah, the gameplay was never that great. Story was fantastic though.

    I think a lot of people cling to the franchise because it was so freakin’ creative. Which seems to be the ultimate sin in modern gaming nowadays.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. infernalism

    There was a final game in the works in regards to the Scion of Balance storyline, but it was cancelled. There were many, many questions left unanswered like: What is Vorador doing in BO2? What happens to Kain and the Elder God? Who is the mysterious Hylden Seer? A game can even be set in a completely untouched era of Kain’s dominance over Nosgoth with his vampire sons/lieutenants.

    The story of LOK still needed one more game IMHO. I agree that gameplay was far from perfect by the end of the series, that they struggled with new ideas…but I love that universe, I love those characters, their story and I love the voice acting. I would like nothing more than to play another game set in this universe, preferrably with the established characters, at least with Kain. I will take a look at the MMO but…I doubt I’ll actually buy it and play it, and I’m a huge fan of the series. How on earth are they going to sell it to people, who don’t like/care/know about the game in the first place?

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Phoenixblight

    Really nothing to gauge of this project other than a talent system and some motion graphic cutscenes probably done by cinema4D or after effects. The character looks stupid however. Like a modernized shadowman.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. infernalism

    @17
    He does look pretty similar I’ll give you that…
    I use this article as an opportunity to bitch about the lack of new single player games in this franchise, not sure how this particular project would have turned out. A failed entry could have actually killed this IP for good, so maybe if the game “wasn’t right”, it’s for the best that it was cancelled.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. YoungZer0

    @17: Oh yeah, a new Shadowman would also be nice.

    @18: Kill the IP? How can you kill a dead IP?

    #19 1 year ago
  20. infernalism

    #19
    Yeah, it would, although Shadowman 2 disappointed me incredibly back in the day.
    However, I think he is talking about Jack Boniface’s Shadowman, not Michael LeRoi’s.

    I don’t think it’s dead, otherwise we wouldn’t see attempts at rebooting it. And you can only fail at reviving something so many times.

    What I meant was…a good reboot can revitalize the franchise, and fresh entries in the not so distant future. A failed reboot can bury it for good. Obviously.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Phoenixblight

    @20

    COrrect was talking about Boniface’s Shadowman.

    @19

    I would be open to a new SHadowman. Its something different and interesting.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Armitage Shanks

    do not like the design of that Gein character at all

    #22 1 year ago

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    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the new standard in outrageously pretty. “The Witcher 3 is more than just eye-candy. Destiny, once the loveliest thing I had ever looked upon, has been outclassed.” The Witcher 3 is even better looking than the screenshots would have you believe, and until you see it in motion, running […]

  • The Witcher 3: hands-on with the RPG of the year

    Getting to know a bawdy hero; Geralt of Rivia’s third outing is accessible, untamed, and dripping with story. Warning: some spoilers are inevitable. “The Witcher 3 is horror and violence. It’s charming, witty and cheeky. Like Geralt, it knows what it wants and it’s going to grab it with both hands.” The Witcher 3: Wild […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gets Lady Hammerlock DLC tomorrow

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow, January 27. The new playable character comes with three skill trees and the action skill Cold As Ice. If you haven’t bought the season pass for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel you can download the DLC for $9.99, you lucky […]

  • A limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 just sold for $128,000

    Sony has just auctioned one of its limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 consoles for over $128,000. The model had the serial number 00001, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations,” said a rep for […]

  • Here’s Killer Instinct’s new Omen and Golem fighters in action

    Microsoft has revealed Killer Instinct Season 2′s fighter Omen in a new trailer. Stick around for the end of the video and you’ll also get a peek at another new fighter, Golem. Omen is a bonus character and as such isn’t available as part of the main season roster. He’s available for free to Ultra […]

  • Digital copies of Far Cry 4 are being deleted from Uplay

    Ubisoft appears to be deleting copies of Far Cry 4 bought through digital third-party retailers. According to the Ubisoft support forums, copies of the game acquired via G2Play and G2A are being removed from Uplay. Users had not been given any warning by publisher Ubisoft that the game will be removed, although it is now […]

  • Gearbox wants “badass” talent for the next Borderlands

    Borderlands 3 may not have been announced at PAX this weekend, but studio boss Randy Pitchford is currently recruiting for the next game in the series. We are recruiting for next Borderlands. This is the big one. Industry badass? E-mail me: heyrandy@gearboxsoftware.com pic.twitter.com/ZG9dLytX1B — Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) January 26, 2015 A recruitment push would suggest […]

  • Destiny: less grind, fairer economy in House of Wolves DLC

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it aims to lessen the grind in House of Wolves, and it won’t repeat mistakes it made with rewards in The Dark Below. Gear rewards will be fairer, according to lead designer Luke Smith in a Neogaf thread. For example, buying from a vendor should not invalidate gear rewarded for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Disaster

    Over two months since release and Xbox One’s big Christmas game is still a turkey, says Rich Stanton. “The game has now been available for two-and-a-half months, including the blockbuster Christmas season, and by any reasonable standard it doesn’t work.” Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched worldwide on November 11, 2014. Intended as something of […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection dated, first gameplay footage released

    Homeworld Remastered Collection has a release date, and as promised, the gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake has been released along with the news that Homeworld Shipbreaker development continues. The video was shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel earlier this morning at PAX South. Last year, Gearbox had said hoped to release the title […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry has landed on Kickstarter

    The Kickstarter for Clock Tower spiritual successor, Project Scissors, recently announced as Night Cry, has launched. A teaser directed by The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu was released for the game earlier this month, and the full short film can be viewed below. Shimizu is also creative director on the project and Silent Hill creative and environment […]

  • Toukiden Kiwami mission trailer released, pre-order bonuses detailed

    Pre-order bonuses for Toukiden Kiwami have been announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita. Here’s the pre-order bonus list for each participating retailer: North America GameStop – Armor inspired by new slayers Reki and Soma’s costumes and classic armor from Toukiden‘s six original NPC slayers. Amazon – 2 exclusive pieces of armor: a set of Tenko […]

  • More Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy 15 info doled out by Tabata

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD director Hajime Tabata took part in a Reddit AMA yesterday, and answered a variety of questions pertaining to the game and Final Fantasy 15. According to Tabata, the first playthrough of the game will last around 40 hours, but “the real fun” starts from the second playthrough which contains new events. […]

  • This video gives you an idea of what Borderlands Online is like

    A video for Borderlands Online, the China-exclusive title from 2K, Shanda Games and Gearbox, has been released. Posted on MMO Culture, the video was released to announce the “technical test” which started today. Borderlands Online is an instance-based online shooter, and will probably never reach western shores. Still, you can have a look anyway.

  • Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is the MMO’s first expansion

    The first expansion for Guild Wars 2, Heart of Thorns, was announced today during PAX South, and ArenNet has posted a few content details for it on the official webiste. Heart of Thorns contains a reimagined progression with the new Mastery system, which provides new training opportunities for characters beyond level 80. Players will be […]

  • Turn-based action platformer Ronin has been polished up, nets a publisher

    Tomasz Waclawek has polished up his freeware title Ronin and will be releasing it through publisher Devolver Digital later this year. The turn-based action platformer stars a vengeful ninja who is determined to kill important memebers of a powerful corporation. Weapons at your disposal include razor wire and a katana, or you avoid combat by […]

  • Footage of cancelled Justice League brawler surfaces

    Footage of the cancelled Double Helix-developed Justice League brawler has surfaced online. The game was supposed to be a tie-in title for the also cancelled Justice League film directed by George Miller, according to leaked images and information from 2012. Jon Gwyn, the game’s artist and now Rockstar San Diego staffer, said at the time […]

  • Free Icona Vulcano DLC for DriveClub releases next week

    Sony has posted a video of the Icona Vulcano, which will be released as DLC next week for DriveClub. The video was posted on Facebook and we’ve embedded the video below courtesy of GamesHQMeida. It was announced earlier this week the Icona Vulcano would be released on the PS Store as a free download.

  • The Bard’s Tale 4 announced by inXile Entertainment at PAX South

    The Bard’s Tale 4 was announced today by inXile Entertainment CEO Brian Fargo during a panel at PAX South. inXile hinted around back in December that a sequel was in the works. Granted, The Bard’s Tale wasn’t mentioned. Still, everyone figured this was the game when Wasteland 2 project lead Chris Keenan stated the team […]

  • Here’s another Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video

    Last week, YouTube user Master0fHyrule uploaded a Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video, and we’ve embedded it for you below. The video shows 4.5 minutes of footage which appears before hitting the start button and the first meeting between Link and the Skull Kid. Another comparison video was released by another user back in […]

  • The Game Awards 2015 already in the planning stages

    The Game Awards 2015 are already in the planning stages, according to Geoff Keighley. The inaugural show took place on December 6, 2014. Keighley announced the 2015 show during his Storytime with Geoff Keighley panel at PAX South this weekend and through Twitter. He said more details will be announced in the spring. You can […]

  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered listed for January release

    It looks like Quantic Dream’s Indigo Prophecy is returning in remastered form next week, if an Amazon listing is any indication. According to the listing posted on NeoGAF, the uncut version of the game contains Steam DRM and will release January 29 at 12pm PST/3pm EST for a Linux, Mac and PC download. Titled Fahrenheit: […]

  • Indie Flash Sale kicks off on North American PS Store

    The North American end of the PlayStation Store is hosting a Flash Sale a beefy list of indie games and some films. The sales includes titles such as Resogun, Shadow Warrior, The Unfinished Swan, FEZ, Costume Quest 2, Joe Danger, Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons, and more for up to 80% off. The full […]

  • The Witcher 3 Twitch stream to show 15 minutes of new gameplay footage

    New The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay footage will be shown Monday, January 26 on GOG.com’s Twitch channel. Along with the footage, the developers will be answering questions from the community as well as providing commentary on the gameplay being shown. Live questions posted via Twitter chat will be answered by senior gameplay designer Damien […]

  • Borderlands 3 information teased for tomorrow’s Gearbox PAX South panel

    During PAX South this weekend, Gearbox Software is hosting a panel titled Inside Gearbox Software which will provide “the latest news and updates on Borderlands and upcoming Gearbox titles.” Yesterday during Gearbox’s panel called Question and Answer Time, CEO Rady Pitchford was asked “when or if” fans can expect Borderlands 3. “I’ll tell you what,” […]

  • Best Buy cancels multiple pre-order units of Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL

    Multiple sources reported overnight Best Buy has cancelled some pre-orders for the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL. As of press time, it appears to only affect those who pre-ordered more than one system. Only one system was allotted per order, so the cancellation notices were sent out to comply with the restriction. Those […]

  • Rob Huebel is your KillCameraman in this CoD: Advanced Warfare video

    A live-action video for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Havoc has been released by Activision. Subtitled: Randall Higgins: KillCameraman gives you a look at the action from a different perspective. In the video, Higgins is played by comedic actor and writer Rob Huebel (Children’s Hospital, Parks and Rec, The Mindy Project). The first DLC […]

  • Xbox App features included with Windows 10 January build outlined

    The January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview includes a basic version of the Xbox App announced earlier this week. With the initial preview release, the team at Microsoft wanted to only include the basics such as high resolution monitor support along with keyboard and mouse input. Additional functionality will be released with each […]

  • Standalone version of DayZ has sold 3 million units

    The standalone version of DayZ sold 3 million units, Bohemia Interactive has announced. Release Just over a year ago on Steam Early Access, the milestone was hit yesterday. The standalone version was created by Dean Hall as a Arma 2 modification which has been updated 24 times since its initial release. In 2014, the development […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video shows gameplay clips, global hands-on events

    CD Projekt has released a video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, giving a glimpse of gameplay and noting that hands-on impressions of the game will be bombarding the Internet next week. We’ll have extensive coverage of The Witcher 3 on Monday Jan 26 at 3pm GMT. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to […]

  • Microsoft looking into possible HoloLens support for PC, Xbox One

    Microsoft’s HoloLens may be a dedicated device, but the company is obviously looking into how it could be used with PC and Xbox One. Speaking with Polygon, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said should the stand-alone product become a success, “specific scenarios” on how it could be used with Xbox One are already being brainstormed. “We […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video compares PSP graphics to PS4, Xbox One

    A video for Final Fantasy Type-0 comparing the upcoming console version of the game to the original PSP version has been released by Square Enix. While comparing PSP graphics to those of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One seems rather unfair, it’s worth a watch anyway. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD releases March 17 in North America […]

  • Payday 2′s The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character Pack released

    In case you forgot, The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character content packs for Payday 2 were released yesterday. The new heist pack is available for $6.99/€6.99/£4.99 and the Dragan character will run you $4.99/€4.99/£3.99 through Steam and other digital distribution sites. Here’s the details: The Bomb Heists A new contact, called the Butcher, brought to […]

  • Rockstar offers tips on scaling GTA Online creations to support 30 players

    Rockstar has posted a tutorial of sorts on how to edit your GTA Online’s creations to support up to 30 players. According to the developer, when selecting Load Creation, users will be able to access any previously published Jobs and edit them in any way they wish. Users can also increase the Maximum Players races […]

  • Video for Life is Strange shows you how to rewind time

    If you could rewind time, would you change the events of your day or leave things be? In Life is Strange, you will make this choice. In the developer diary below, Dontnot Entertainment touches upon the main character’s ability to rewind time. How Max’s ability works and originated is also discussed. The first episode of […]

  • Take a look at one of the historical battles in Total War: Attila

    The Creative Assembly has revealed historical battles for Total War: Attila and shown off one of them. In the latest episode of Rally Point, developer Creative Assembly takes a look at one of the nine historical battles that will be included in Total War: Attila when it launches next month. But before you see the […]

  • ARMA 3 video lists 33 of its features, teases upcoming expansion

    ARMA 3 is an impressive military simulator, but that’s not the only thing impressive about it. In fact, this video lists 33 of the game’s most notable features. ARMA 3′s latest video gives you a tour of many of its strengths. It goes over the number of vehicles, weapons and playable area. But that’s not […]

  • No Man’s Sky dev explains what you actually do in the game

    No Man’s Sky is simultaneously the most intriguing mystery and the most scary. Developer Hello Games is asked some questions and gives some solid answers. Eurogamer asked Hello Games’ Sean Murray a number of questions that are on everyone’s mind when they think about No Man’s Sky. The biggest one being, what do you actually […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 27, Be The Zombie mode goes free

    The release date for the physical version of Dying Light has been confirmed for Europe, along with the release dates for all regions. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the PC version of the game will release digitally, worldwide, on January 27. The physical version and the digital PS4 and Xbox One versions will […]

  • Guild Wars 2 is $10 this weekend

    ArenaNet is offering Guild Wars 2 for $10 this weekend only, and hosting a double XP event during the same period. The regular and Digital Deluxe editions of Guild Wars 2 are both offered at 75% off this weekend. The regular edition can be yours for just $10 while the Deluxe is $15. The offer […]

  • Cyberpunk 2077 development still going, but the focus is on The Witcher 3, says dev

    If you’re dying to hear anything about CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll be waiting a while still. The focus is on The Witcher 3 right now. Ever since Cyberpunk 2077′s announcement all the way back in 2012 developer CD Projekt Red has been really quiet about the sci-fi RPG. We’ve not seen any gameplay […]