Tuesday 31 December 2013

2013 roundup on the Ancient´s Den

Since this is the last day of the year I´ve thought I´ll give you a short re-cap of all that has happened. This year was quite an interesting one. January started with a discovery of interview with Amy Hennig on EGM.

In February, it was discovered that SE has registered a new domain name called "War for Nosgoth", this was one of the first clues that something´s up. Further confirmation of this occured in May, where title WarforNosgoth was included in the AMD patch logs but SE denied any comments on this. However, it was more than for certain that Legacy of Kain was about to return from the dead and it was only matter of time when this will be announced publicly as well.

Following this in June, Divine Shadow revelead a shocker - for the last three years,a new Legacy of Kain game has been in the works. Dead Sun took us hundreds of years after SR1 sd the player would play as a hybrid of human/vampire Gein/Asher. For certain reasons, this game was canceled after almost three years. While Dead Sun stayed dead, another project still kept going. George Kellion, Community Manager of SE London, acknowledged the existence of a new game called Nosgoth, finally putting out any doubts about a new installment awaiting. On another note, Ken McCulloch has been arrested for pornography charges, a very sad end for a co-creator of BO1. Meanwhile on the Eidos forums, moderator the Hylden has released an awesome looking separate texture packages for Defiance which enhances the textures in the pc version,.

In July, I have been editing Kain from Defiance (thanks goes to Hylden who got me the model) for my SR remake and I also have released my BO2 in-game soundtrack for download and at this time I was contacted by very interesting sources inviting me to a special event regarding the new LOK game.

In August, I have started working on Soul Revenant more, getting together with my programmer and we got quite a few things done. I have also compiled an FAQ regarding Nosgoth as many misinterpretations and questions has arised concerning the new game.

September held the biggest event in my life so far, the Nosgoth Community Day to which me and other dedicated LOK fans have been invited. Later in the month the embargo was due so we could publish our accounts of that  amazing day on our sites. Also Blood Omen 2 finally got on Steam and I published an interview with one of the series´s writers, Carol Wolf.

October brought upon us the early alpha testing in Nosgoth and enabled European and American players to apply later in the month.

In November, the LOK Wiki was updated with several articles and more article regarding lore was posted on Nosgoth´s blog.

And at last, in December there have been Nosgoth blog posts regarding the Razielim and gave us a missing piece of their history. As the Chronoplast Turns by my friend Umah made it´s return with exclusive content after long dormancy. I have finally uploaded all the parts of my SR1 walkthrough as well.

I have released a playable demo of Soul Revenant and more screenshots. Progress is going pretty well, yesterday I have added outer part of the Cathedral complex:

When putting the sections of the Cathedral together, I discovered some rather surprising overlap of areas, which will be a bit more challenging to fix as you can see below:

As my YT channel got 1 million total views, I´ve decided to make this thank you video for all those who have been watching, so thank you again!

I wish you happy new year!

Best wishes,

Raina Audron

Saturday 21 December 2013

Soul Revenant demo and Christmas Contest

Hello my dear readers,

since Christmas and New Year are just around the corner I decided to make something special for you this year. I have prepared a short demonstration on how my SR remake goes along and with it, I´ve thought it might be fun to get you involved in a small contest and you can win some games too!

In order to win one of the prizes (Steam game keys) you have to find 20 Christmas presents which I hid within the demo. Download the demo and the instructions on how to participate. The instructions also contain the controls, so don´t forget to download it as well! Enjoy!

Note: Please make sure you download the correct file as pictured below. Also no installation necessary for you to play.

Download SoulRev Demo  - Mediafire

I hope you will like the demo and have fun with the competition!

Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you all!

Saturday 14 December 2013

Soul Revenant Update - Adding Raziel´s territory

After a two month break I decided to continue with work on the project. In the last few days I have been adding decoration to the Sanctuary of the Clans and also worked on putting together Raziel´s stronghold and added to the game. I still have to add the spectral version of it, but as it is a rather tedious and long process, I´ll try to add in the next few days. If all goes well and I´ll get together with my programmer next week, I might be able to release a playable demo before Christmas. Just bear in mind it is only a small demonstration as you can´t really fight anybody (I´ve placed few enemies in so you can see them in few spots), has bugs and collision problems, have to iron those later. Like us on facebook if you support our cause, thanks!

Below are screenshots from the newest build and a sample of higher res flags which I made to replace the old ones.

Tuesday 10 December 2013

Razielim´s fate unearthed - Nosgoth blog articles

New blog posts regarding Razielim have unearthed their fate after Raziel´s execution into the Abyss. With Kain gone, the Lieutenants assaulted the remaining Razielim. However around hundred of them were spared, as they were pupating in the Underground city. Once emerged in their new state of change, they found themselves trapped underground. Starved for blood and with no knowledge of their sire´s apparent death, they became desparate and try to claw their way out. However, their beautiful forms suffered when they could not feed on blood and their skin hardened. Once they found their way out, they ventured through Coorhagen and flew to reach their clan territory in the West only to find Dumah.

Razielim blog part 1

Razielim blog part 2

Razielim blog part 3

On another note, Razielim won the poll regarding a favourite class in Nosgoth:

Saturday 7 December 2013

TAD YouTube updates

I have finally finished uploading all the parts of my SR1 walkthrough on my TAD YT channel. I´m planning to do a little special thank you video for New Year if my total views reach one million before the end of the year (only 4 000 views left!), so I hope you will like it. As I couldn´t record the credits from the pc version, I have decided to recreate it in HD and widescreen format since such a great credits deserve to be in high quality. Also, I´ve uploaded a way on how to defeat Kain under a minute. Both the credits and the second Kain encounter video are taken from part7 of the walkthrough, but I uploaded them separately so it´s easier to watch them. Hope you enjoy!

SR1 Credits - HD remake

How to defeat Kain in under 1 minute

Soul Reaver Walkthrough part 6 - Ruined City

Soul Reaver Walkthrough part 7 - Oracle´s Caves

Friday 6 December 2013

And the Chronoplast turns once again

My friend Umah Bloodomen just re-launched her LOK dedicated page As the Chronoplast turns (ATCT). It has a lot of interesting and never before seen content such as the article concerning Umah´s visit to SE, where she explains her experience with Nosgoth on the Nosgoth community day, you can also listen to the exclusive podcast interview with Umah, Blincoln, Tenaya and the Hylden (they each give their accounts and feelings about Nosgoth) and  a fun spoof interview with Simon Templeman, or check her Galleries page on her cosplay and photos from the community day. Also check the Hylden´s section as he will post new screenshots from his work in that section