Nosgoth: F2P Multiplayer in Legacy of Kain Universe

We’ve heard whispers of a new Legacy of Kain game for years. Safe to say this is not what I expected.

Square Enix just unveiled a free-to-play, humans-versus-vampires, competitive melee/ranged multiplayer game set in the Legacy of Kain universe called Nosgoth. It’s in development at Psyonix (Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars), and registration is now open for the closed beta.

“We’re focused on developing a balanced ranged vs. melee experience that’s straightforward for newcomers while providing plenty of depth for veterans to master,” Psyonix states. ” We’re hoping that by enabling you to play for free, as many of you as possible will ultimately get to try out Nosgoth and come to enjoy this distinctive dynamic as much as we do.”

Here’s how Nosgoth looks in its current pre-alpha state:

Interesting. Visually, it reminds me of Forge, but the actual melee-versus-ranged gameplay looks very much like Primal Carnage. I had a blast with Primal Carnage, especially playing as a flying, snatching, and dropping Pteranodon. Unfortunately, the indie game was severely limited by its small budget. Hopefully Psyonix will nail that same intense gameplay but expand upon it with the backing of Square Enix.

Want to be among the first to join the fray? Register now for the Nosgoth closed beta. And stay tuned for additional details. The devs are set to take part in a live Nosgoth Q&A on Twitch on September 30 at 7 a.m. Pacific, 10 a.m. Eastern.

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6 Comments on Nosgoth: F2P Multiplayer in Legacy of Kain Universe

danieldresden

On September 25, 2013 at 11:52 am

been waiting for a new Kain game for years. this is not what i had in mind.

AxΣtwin

On September 25, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Where is Spoony yelling betrayal when you need him? Because that is exactly what this is. A betrayal of the franchise. Atleast with Bureau Declassified they tried to keep the roots intact while trying to bring in a new demographic to the franchise. Who the hell plays any of the Legacy of Kain games and am thinking to themselves “this is fun and everything, but what its really missing is endless generic deathmatch”? This is a travesty.

J

On September 25, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Legacy of Kain has been one of my favorite gaming stories since I first picked up Soul Reaver. This is not part of that series. I’d be OK with the IP returning if it means getting a true conclusion to Kain’s story, but I am not interested in this type of game.

[nerd] And if this is supposed to be a prequel to all events in the original games, then, in that time period, the vampires were not super powered killing machines, they were mortal and had no bloodthirst, so this is kind of a betrayal there, too [/nerd]

Aedelric

On September 25, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Well, this is going to fail.

I do not get why they waste money making a game like this when all we want is a direct squeal or remastered originals. The worst thing a company can do is take a beloved franchise and change the genre, which is what they have done. People loved the original games because of the roleplaying aspects and great story, two things this game will not have.

Ron Whitaker

On September 26, 2013 at 5:58 am

I can’t argue with any of you guys on this one. I’m seriously disappointed in this. I was hoping for a new LoK / Soul Reaver title, and instead I get some F2P deathmatch game? Could you pick anything further from what the series is about? I mean if you want to make a vampires vs. humans deathmatch game, go for it. Just don’t sully the Legacy of Kain series with it.

The sad thing is that when this game doesn’t do well, some executive will say, “Well, looks like the Legacy of Kain games aren’t popular anymore, so let’s kill that IP off.”

danieldresden

On September 26, 2013 at 7:13 am

its puzzling that Dead Sun was in devolopment for 3 years and significant progress had been made, cut scenes rendered, mo cap and voice acting done, menus and environments, and they killed the solo campaign and threw all the money into the multiplayer aspect of the game. This may very well be the end of this franchise, which is sad since it had some of the best writing and most memorable characters of any series.