Square Enix has pulled the plug on the competitive multiplayer game, Nosgoth. The game has been available on Steam through Early Access for over a year, but things just aren’t working out. It will not make the leap into full release.
Square Enix confirmed the news on the official forum, stating:
It is with a heavy heart and an immense sense of sadness that we must announce the end of Nosgoth’s development. Servers will continue to run until 31st May 2016, during which time you will be able to play the game as normal. After that date, Nosgoth will be taken offline for the last time.
New players can join the battles until then, but it will be unavailable after the fact. At least, until the modders get around to fixing up a private server, then it’s “fair” game once again.
Nosgoth was in development at Psyonix, which found much greater success with its monstrous hit Rocket League. Meawhile, this Legacy of Kain spin-off, taking place in the same, titular vampire realm as the canonical games, never racked up the numbers to become such a hit.
Now that it is gone, though, fans can speculate as to whether or not Legacy of Kain will be getting the same favorable reboot treatment that Tomb Raider got. To that, Square Enix had this to say:
Any future Legacy of Kain project will be considered independently of Nosgoth and on the merits of the proposals alone.
That seems like a “no” to me, but you never know. It could happen. Kain, Raziel, excellent voice acting, and awesome world building? If only Square Enix could get the hype train rolling again, I’d be fine with it. I mean… who doesn’t want more of this?