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Submitted by Pozzle 1183d ago | opinion piece

The Future of Legacy of Kain

In the first few years of the 21st Century, the Legacy of Kain was a big action-adventure video game franchise. A high-concept gothic horror story that mixed complex vampire mythology with time travel, heady philosophy, and even aliens (sort-of), the five games in the series are still cited as some of the most ambitious projects in the entire industry. However, the increasingly convoluted--though impressively consistent--plot, along with at least one lackluster title, Blood Omen 2, kept the franchise from bringing in many new players. As such, it declined in popularity about as quickly as it rose, and poor sales for the fifth entry, Defiance, caused the cancellation of a planned sixth (and allegedly final) game, The Dark Prophecy, back in 2004. Since then, it has been largely assumed that the legacy is dead.

Still, the rumor mill has been stirring lately with the possibility that the franchise may be born again, like Raziel from his Sarafan crypt. (Blood Omen 2: Legacy of Kain, Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Pozzle  +   1185d ago
Oh man...if I had the money, I would have gladly funded the final game. I don't even care if it loses sales, I'd just be happy it was released!
morganfell  +   1183d ago
At this point in time they would have to do a reboot rather than make a sequel. As the game series with the greatest v/o cast ever it won't be equaled with a reboot due to the passing of the phenomenal Tony Jay. The only way to pull it off would be to reuse the tracks he laid down for the originals.
Chupa-Chupa  +   1184d ago
I still remember playing the Dreamcast version of Soul Reaver. What an incredible game.
Ahasverus  +   1184d ago
Gaming miss this franchise :(
saint_seya  +   1183d ago
i loved soul reaver :/
wish it were another one
segamon  +   1183d ago
Legacy of Kain, in my all time top 10 list of best story.

many if not most games and hollywood movies that involves time travel to change events will have too many inconsistent and loose details. LOK's story was incredibly well woven and the questions it posed were highly intrguing at the least.

this, and the characters and voice actors, marvelous to say the least.

Crystal Dynamics or Silicon Knights, i beg of thee, bring back LOK, don't leave us with one of gamings most burning cliffhangers.
Spinal  +   1183d ago
I wish they just did a remake of blood omen.
No FanS Land  +   1183d ago
I never understood why defiance was rated down by the critics, it was such a intense game, it was so good. Damn!
segamon  +   1182d ago
a very interesting idea i'm sure it'll work. a new character that plays the introducer part to the world of Nosgoth and its history. i like it.

but, like you said it will be hard to come up with a character as likeable as Kain and Raziel but it's not impossible. with the right design, voice, and story, it can be achieved.

most important thing to me is, Kain and Raziel are to the most of us red-line characters, they should never be misused or mishandeled in the story. the bond between the redeemer and the destroyer cannot be broken, the soul reaver is kain's right hand sword and cannot be weilded by anyone else, it lives with him and dies with him. as raziel said in one of gaming's greates lines:

"The Soul Reaver - pure of all corruption - this is what it is for. This is what I am for - The two become one - both Soul Reavers - together - and the Scion of Balance is healed. And I - am not your enemy - not your destroyer - I am, as before, your right hand. Your sword"

*... something in my eye..*
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