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The Death of the Legacy of Kain Series: Why Big Companies Like Square Enix Aren’t Continuing Their Legendary Game Series

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Jack Lewis
Jack Lewis
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On the eve of the official announcements, on the background of rumors associated with the removal of Legacy of Kain Soul Reaver 1 from Steam for “Updates” (most likely the long-awaited remaster or remake of the game), we will discuss the entire series of games. 

The Legacy of Kain series of games is a classic of the video game industry. a true classic that completely undeservedly has a relatively small fanbase. However, it has a very devoted fan base. This series has changed genres several times, but most of the games have remained in the action-adventure genre. It had a devoted fan base among gamers at the time each installment was released and left a lasting impression on the industry. So the future of the franchise remains uncertain. We will take a look at the reasons why the Legacy of Kain series is dead and find out why major companies like Square Enix are not continuing the legendary game series.

Story of the Series

The first game in the series was developed by Silicon Knights and Crystal Dynamics. It was released in 1996 and was followed by several sequels: Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 1 and 2, Blood Omen 2 and Legacy of Kain: Defiance. The series was known for its deep story, excellent voice actors and approach to storytelling, engaging gameplay and unforgettable characters. 

It has been many years since the last part was released. The reason for this is multifaceted. One factor is the changing landscape of the video game industry. As the industry has evolved, so have the expectations of gamers. Today’s gamers demand advanced graphics, innovative game mechanics and online multiplayer modes. Of course there was an attempt to make a multiplayer PVP Nosgoth. But it failed in the first year after release. The Legacy of Kain series, with its linear storyline and relatively simple gameplay mechanics, simply does not meet these expectations.

Another factor is the changing ownership of the series. In 2009, Square Enix acquires Eidos Interactive, the publisher of the Legacy of Kain series. Square Enix has focused on other franchises, such as Final Fantasy and Tomb Raider. They shown little interest in continuing the Legacy of Kain series. This lack of interest may be due to the fact that the series doesn’t fit into Square Enix’s overall strategy. It focuses on creating blockbuster games that can appeal to a wide audience.

Finally, there is the issue of creative differences. The Legacy of Kain series was created by several different developers over the years, and each new entry in the series had a different creative team behind it. This led to inconsistencies in the storytelling and gameplay mechanics, and it may have contributed to the lack of a cohesive vision for the franchise. As a result, it’s possible that the developers and publishers involved simply didn’t know how to continue the series in a way that would satisfy fans and make financial sense.


In conclusion, the death of the Legacy of Kain series is a tragedy for gamers and for the video game industry as a whole. However, the reasons behind its demise are understandable. The video game industry is a rapidly evolving landscape, and franchises that fail to keep up with the changing times are likely to be left behind. Big companies like Square Enix are focused on creating games that can appeal to a broad audience and smaller. Niche franchises like the Legacy of Kain series may not fit into their overall strategy. Finally, the creative differences that plagued the series over the years may have made it difficult to continue in a meaningful way. However, this has prompted some people to turn to their own forces to create a remake, and some have even started making games inspired by LoK, with the help of game developers for hire. Despite its uncertain future, the Legacy of Kain series will forever be remembered as a video game industry classic. And its legacy will inspire developers and game fans for years to come! We can’t wait to see the remake of the classic on new game engines!


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