The fan-made HD remaster of the legendary Kain’s Legacy: Soul Reaver finally available to the public. Released in August 1999, SoulReaver was heralded as an industry achievement. Unfortunately, despite its early success, Kain’s Legacy has not been an active franchise since 2003. However, with the acquisition of the IP by Embracer Group, many believe a new Kain’s Legacy game may be more likely than ever.
SoulReaver was a radical departure from its predecessor, blood omen. Not only did the series transition from a top-down 2D action game to a third-person 3D open-world game, but it also featured brand new protagonist Raziel, a former lieutenant to the previous series’ Chief, Kain. After his betrayal and execution at the hands of Kain and his vampiric brethren, Raziel returns as a soul-eating specter to hunt down and exterminate the vampire menace of Nosgoth. What followed was a gothic tale of revenge and self-discovery unlike anything seen at that time. The success of SoulReaver won the Kain’s Legacy franchise a very dedicated fan base, which even after years of dormancy, still celebrates the series for its achievements. After Embracer Group teased sequels and remakes of its newly acquired Eidos IP addresses, Kain the fanbase was reinvigorated with the hope of a new title.
A motivated fan, Raina Audroncreated a Full HD remaster for Kain’s Legacy: Soul Reaver which is now available for download. Released in time for SoulReaver23rd anniversary of, RainaAudron painstakingly rediscovered several of the original textures used in the making SoulReaver – with some provided by SoulReaver lead artist Daniel Cabuco – to give the 1999 classic a much-needed facelift. The trailer showcases the aesthetically updated enemies, bosses, and locations around Nosgoth, which, despite the age of the PS1/Dreamcast era graphics, look better than ever with the new HD textures and framerate of 60 FPS. Taken with several related PSX graphics projects like the transmitted by blood ps1 demake, it would seem that these “outdated” visuals still have a certain charm for some. The remaster is based on the Dreamcast 2000 port and will require the use of the Flycast emulator and SoulReaver Dreamcast Rom to play. Interested players can download the remaster themselves at RainaAudron HD SR1 Remaster website.
Soul Reaver finally gets a new look in this fan remaster
With so many single-player games embracing deep storytelling, it’s tragic that an ancient story-driven game went unnoticed for so long. Ancestor of the same series Blood Omen: Kain’s Legacy was a remarkable feat of storytelling in its own right, with a commendable voice cast whose performances have since made the Kain’s Legacy iconic story. Ironically, one of pioneers of scripted single-player games, Amy Hennigmade her debut as a game director with SoulReaver and continued his defining career with the Unexplored series.
As Kain fans are still waiting for the next official entry in the series, that of RainaAudron SoulReaver HD Remaster is a good way to pass the time. Although there is still no official word regarding his future, the transfer of the Kain’s Legacy IP to Embracer Group was unfortunately the best news the fanbase had received in quite some time, given Square Enix’s disdain for ownership. Perhaps the answer to this fan-made remake of Kain’s Legacy: Soul Reaver might be just the thing to inspire Embracer to wake the series from its eternal slumber.
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