Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver is one of the most beloved action-adventure games of the PlayStation 1 era. However, it’s also well-known for its underwhelming ending, which makes Halo 2’s “finishing this fight” cutscene look generous by comparison. If you’re familiar with Soul Reaver, you probably know that the game’s final third was slashed due to time and budget constraints, and evidence of that cut content has trickled out over the years.
Now, however, a group of die-hard Legacy of Kain fans have uncovered a large trove of unused content for the game, thanks to the discovery of several alpha versions of Soul Reaver. These include several areas that are missing from the game entirely, as well as unused boss fights with a human priestess and Raziel’s conspicuously-absent brother Turel. According to the Lost Worlds, Soul Reaver was originally supposed to end with Raziel defeating Kain for a third time, absorbing his soul, and using the Silenced Cathedral to destroy all of the vampires for good. Many of the concepts cut from Soul Reaver were later used in the franchise’s fifth entry, Legacy of Kain: Defiance.
Though fans have clamored for a remaster or a port of Soul Reaver to modern consoles, series owner Square Enix has voiced no plans for any such projects. According to reports, a sixth entry in the franchise, Dead Sun, was under development for three years by British developer Climax, but Square Enix cancelled it. The multiplayer portion of Dead Sun later became the ill-fated free-to-play game Nosgoth, which was cancelled in 2016.
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