Whatever Happened To These Dead Video Game Franchises?

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 Whatever Happened To These Dead Video Game Franchises?


The Legacy of Kain series told a winding tale involving vampires and time travel. It’s a shame, then, that the franchise’s mythology hasn’t seen a proper conclusion. The story behind why is almost as complicated as the plot of the series.



In 2009, Square Enix hired UK developers Climax Studios to begin work on a game that would eventually be titled Legacy of Kain: Black SunWhile Climax were excited to work on the series, Square Enix was extremely hands-on during the whole process, giving Climax strict guidelines to adhere to. First, they wanted the game to feature a new lead character, making the plot of the new game only tangentially related to the previous entries. They wanted the story to be dark and gritty, akin to an HBO series. Also, they insisted that the gameplay be, as one developer put it, “insultingly simple.” The game was in development for three years, but due to a series of underwhelming tests, lack of a cohesive marketing plan, and financial difficulties at Square Enix, Black Sun was officially canceled in 2012.



A multiplayer game set in the Legacy of Kain universe, Nosgoth, was likewise canceled in 2016. Though Nosgoth spent more than a full calendar year as an Early Access title on Steam, Square Enix decided to pull the plug based on low interest from players. Since then, there hasn’t been any sign of life from the undead franchise.