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The last we heard of Legacy Of Kain, was when Defiance released in 2003. Though there were rumours that arguably the best game in the series, Soul Reaver, was receiving a remake, nothing ever came to light.
Big changes are happening in the gaming industry, and the incoming shake up may shake loose some of these dormant projects. The Embracer Group - a large media parent company which you may know better as THQ Nordic - has made a $300 million purchase of three of Square Enix’s major studios. The studios include Square Enix Montréal, which creates the Go games, Eidos-Montréal, which has made the Deus Ex series, and most interestingly Crystal Dynamics, which has developed almost 40 games including all the Tomb Raider games since the PlayStation 2 era.
You can see the trailer for Marvel’s Avengers which was developed in collaboration between Eidos-Montréal and Crystal Dynamics in the video below.
All three studios are currently working on projects, which will reportedly continue on under the new deal. Crystal Dynamics, the largest of the three, is currently working on two titles - a reboot of Nintendo 64’s Perfect Dark, and the new Tomb Raider game built in the Unreal Engine 5. Fans have been excited, though, about the idea of Crystal Dynamics bringing back the fan favourite series Legacy Of Kain. In its press release, Embracer said
“[we have] been particularly impressed by the studios’ rich portfolio of original IP, housing brands with proven global potential such as Tomb Raider and Deus Ex, as well as demonstrating the ability to create AAA games with large and growing fan bases, - Embracer sees an opportunity to invest in these franchises, as well as the additional acquired IPs such as Legacy of Kain, Thief, and other original franchises.”
Despite the three studios owning some very significant IPs for Square Enix, the publisher released its own press release expressing why they were interested in selling the studios to raise funds.
“The transaction will assist the company in adapting to the changes underway in the global business environment by establishing a more efficient allocation of resources, which will enhance corporate value by accelerating growth in the company’s core businesses in the digital entertainment domain. In addition, the transaction enables the launch of new businesses by moving forward with investments in fields including blockchain, AI, and the cloud.”
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