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Rumour: Crystal Dynamics on "Soul Reaver" reboot

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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