Nosgoth releases Silenced Cathedral map, shows player growth

    
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If you’re a big fan of the Blood Omen and Soul Reaver games, you probably remember the crushing disappointment when Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun was quietly cancelled. From the ashes of that project emerged competitive online game Nosgoth, which pits teams of humans and vampires against each other in almost MOBA-like third-person PvP matches. Nosgoth initially had trouble gaining traction with jilted fans and released as an Early Access title in January 2015 to a mixed reception.

Now one year on, things are looking fairly optimistic for the free-to-play title. Regular development updates have helped to flesh out the game’s content, and average player numbers have been holding steady over most of the past year, with peak player numbers growing since since December. Developers have been experimenting with ranked league seasons and cash prizes and are now considering using a more traditional 5v5 game mode in the game’s next league. The latest development update also introduced the Silenced Cathedral map, which was designed with verticality and tight spaces in mind (preview video after the cut).

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Francis courant
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Francis courant

schlag sweetleaf Francis courant lol that made me laugh loud. Anyone knows how to see my notifications when someone answers with @myusername directly on massivelyOP? email notifications isn’t  really convenient for me I’m on a laptop, thanks ^^

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Margrave i’m with you on that.
you know they worked on another game in the series with new hero but sadly the game canceled before launch

Khalith
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I’m going to chime in on this as a huge LoK fan and a player of Nosgoth since it’s alpha version, so I’ve been with this game basically since the very beginning and have the in-game banner to prove I was in Alpha.  When I first learned about this game I was hugely disappointed, my beloved story-based franchise was:

1. Purchased by Square Enix, which was doing horribly at the time and I had absolutely no faith in Squre Enix to do anything right at the time.

2. Becoming strictly multiplayer only which made no sense for a traditionally single player puzzle/story game.

3. Had no campaign mode of any kind.

So I was content to hate this game until I saw some leaked alpha footage, shortly after that I got in to the alpha itself and began to play.  I will say this, Nosgoth (as a game) is actually really fun.  The asymmetrical gameplay is a lot of fun, the controls are great, combat satisfying and visceral, the quotes and voice acting are great, and while the game isn’t totally balanced (the Human team at the higher levels of play are more powerful than the vampires but this imbalance has definitely shrunk over time) it’s still one of the better balanced PVP games I’ve played.  Not to mention since you have to play both sides every match, you can’t say that a team only won because they were playing humans, it really comes down to you and your team’s ability, hell there have been games playing both sides where I’ve carried my team to a victory even though I’m much better at vampires.

So to those that want to hate it because of the whole LoK thing, I don’t blame you, I was one of the people saying this game shouldn’t exist.  But if you actually like team based arena games (not like MOBAs, think along the lines of Unreal tournament) I highly recommend you try Nosgoth, once you get over the initial learning curve I really think you’ll enjoy it.  Nosgoth is a genuinely fun game to play regardless of the name or the IP it’s attached to.  Hell, no one is more surprised than me by the fact that I’m actually defending this game, but I genuinely think it’s good as a game.  Also, the devs have been incredible about listening to the fans and hearing our feedback about things we want.   Also, when I first got on to that game’s site and forums I watched some videos the devs had put out answering questions about the game, for what it’s worth, they truly do want to treat this IP with respect and they showed a lot of knowledge about it, more than I would have expected.

I really am looking forward to seeing where the game goes, they gave us a new map, they teased a new human class coming out soon, Nosgoth is here to stay.  If you are a LoK fan and want a new game in the series instead of this, I feel your pain.  But if you like arena style games, I strongly encourage you to play the game, stick with it a bit, and see if you like it.

Margrave
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Margrave

The Legacy of Kain is one of my all time favorite game series. This title, as far as I am concerned, is little more than an abomination of the IP.

This has nothing to do with my beloved series except in name alone. 

I hate moba like titles. They have no life, no story. They’re empty playgrounds for kiddies to beat each other up in order to stroke their epeens. I have no use for such nonsense.

Kain was deified, There is no reason to not make more in the series. Kain is still with us, it’s the elder god that is no more.

The Soul Reaver saga has been fully fleshed out, and the Blood Omen has been fully fulfilled.

Just because those two story arcs have been wrapped up doesn’t mean additional ones can’t be added, not some empty arena waste.

schlag sweetleaf
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schlag sweetleaf

Francis courant :)

Armsbend
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Armsbend

It looks arena-like so dl’ing now!

John Bagnoli
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John Bagnoli

I enjoyed the Legacy of Kain series a great deal at first. But with the weird development cycles, the time shifting that blew wide holes open in the plot and as time went on the lore just got more muddled I couldn’t hold interest.

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Francis courant

Too much gore for my taste. ;(