Found by NeoGAF user Mama Robotnik, the footage shows off a vertical slice gameplay demonstration of what could have been a potential new entry in the classic long running ‘Legacy of Kain’ series. The footage features a variety of segments from a relatively finished product including cutscenes with dialogue, an in-depth combat system, a customization system and the game’s realm switching system between the physical and spectral planes.
Cancelled after three of years of development, ‘Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun’ was being developed by British studio Climax, who are currently working on the upcoming ‘Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China’ DLC title. According to Mama Robotnik’s post, veteran ‘Legacy of Kain’ series studio Crystal Dynamics were also involved with the project acting as advisors.
Square Enix’s reasoning behind the title’s cancellation was due to fear that it would miss its proposed sales targets. The only remaining trace of the project that had survived was its multiplayer component, which heavily expanded upon and launched in 2015 as a free-to-play PC game called ‘Nosgoth’.
Taking place many years after the events of previous ‘Legacy of Kain’ games, the plot of ‘Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun’ would have revolved around Asher, a Nosgoth human who was about to become a father. But things suddenly go wrong when a Soul-Eater vampire named Gein is sent to murder him and his family. But when Gein tries to consume Asher’s soul, the two become bonded to each other causing Asher to have complete control of Gein’s body – rendering Gein into a ghost that only Asher can see and hear. Vying for vengeance, Asher tries to kill himself in Gein’s body. However, his attempts fail causing him to have to follow Gein in a journey through the land of Nosgoth.
‘Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun’ was initially intended to release on Xbox 360 and PS3. However, as development moved forward, a PS4 version of the title was also being considered. The title would have been the first major story entry in the ‘Legacy of Kain’ series since ‘Legacy of Kain: Defiance’ in 2003.