Bane Of Kain: Nosgoth Closed Beta Begins Today

I think the bloodsplosion just made him mad

Kain might be off raising, um, someone else in the distant reaches of who-knows-where, but that doesn’t mean his legacy can’t live on. Kinda. Nosgoth is a solid-looking free-to-play multiplayer shooter set in the Legacy of Kain universe, and it offers asymmetrical vampire battling galore. But is it actually coming along well, or is Square Enix just trying to shove a square peg into a Kain-shaped hole? If you’re starved for both souls and information, Nosgoth’s closed beta is about to get up and running. The best news of all? You can join in! Maybe.

You can drop your name into the curvy, creepy closed beta hat here. If you already did that a while back, probably check your email for an invite.

Foremost on the list of beta additions is a Siege mode that works like this:

“In Siege, Humans must capture specific locations and keep them safe from Vampires, while the Vampires must satisfy their blood-thirst and hunt down their Human opponents. This is in addition to the asymmetrical, melee versus ranged Team Deathmatch mode that defines Nosgoth’s signature gameplay.”

In other Nosgoth-flavored news, the team is now working with Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver art lead Daniel Cabuco on new “authentic” skins for every vampire class. It’s not another atmosphere-dripping single-player narrative, but it’s something at least. Cabuco is reported to have said this thing: “It’s with great pleasure that I announce my involvement with Psyonix in creating these classic Soul Reaver clan skins. They heard the fans and sought me out to ensure an authentic tie to the original series.”

So there is that. Who all is in the beta? Did anyone get to try it when it was in alpha? Putting aside my affinity for old-school Legacy of Kain, I do think Nosgoth looks decently amusing. Should I prepare to shift my Expectation Alphabet Scale from bemused to amused? Or does this call for the dreaded “c-mused,” of which even dictionaries fear to speak?


  1. Rolento says:

    I think the game title in this case is very appropriate…..

    Just give me a single player game that carries on from where Soul Reaver 2 finished! – EDIT – I meant Defiance!

    • Great Cthulhu says:

      You mean you crave a new Soul Reaver game to sink your teeth into?

    • Artea says:

      Soul Reaver 2 was terrible. It started the downwards slide of the franchise with the loss of the metroidvania aspects and interesting powers in favor of linearitty and constantly melee fighting mooks, coupled with the convoluted, melodramatic writing and butchery of the excellent worldbuilding established in the previous two games.

      Also, Kain > Raziel.

      • waaaaaaaals says:

        Soul Reaver 2 still wasn’t as bad as Blood Omen 2 and the mess that game caused.

        • Artea says:

          Which is why I said ‘STARTED the downwards slide’. Defiance was pretty mediocre too, although using Kain’s telekinesis was lots of fun.

          • sPOONz says:

            It was a huge shame that they changed the format from SR 1, that said the story was just… the best IMO. Even if they released a poor game I would buy it just for the story.

    • waaaaaaaals says:

      Legacy of Kain: Defiance has been out for eleven years now.

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  3. RCoon says:

    I got the email saying I got into the closed beta (I don’t ever remember signing up to this).
    Opened email.
    Deleted email.

  4. Mungrul says:

    That one dude they keep using in the promo material makes me think of Luchadors.

  5. Turkey says:

    Nosgoth: Legacy of Skins

  6. Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

    That is an anagram of “so thong”.
    I have nothing more to add.

    • Mitthrawn says:

      I prefer to think of it it as “O Thongs.” As in the start of a soliloquy on the nature of thongs. Or perhaps a little more dramatically, “O, Thongs!”

      • Darth Gangrel says:

        It could also become “hot song”, which hopefully means that this game has a good soundtrack. It does look better than that F2P FEAR game called FEAR Online, but I’ll only play something that’s offline singleplayer.

  7. Sathure says:

    I played one match so far. I actually really enjoyed what I played. Sort of felt like the old class based mayhem of AVP2.