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Nosgoth - Overview video

You won't hear too much Latin taunting in Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer shooter/blood-eater based in the Legacy of Kain franchise's gothic world. In fact, there's not a lot of familiar ground to tread; it's a far more action-oriented, competitive affair than its predecessors. There's little to no soul reaving. You can't drink a person's blood from a city block away. Fortunately, Nosgoth incorporates some neat asymmetrical multiplayer ideas, making vamps look and feel powerful, and making humans taste delicious. In this Overview, Justin and I play through a couple rounds of Nosgoth, figuring out how it stacks up against the golden days of our youth. Not just in comparison to the Legacy of Kain series, but also to Austin Powers, because this episode really got away from us.

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Square Enix hits PAX East 2014 with three games, two panels

Square Enix's PAX East 2014 plans consist of a show floor booth featuring three games including Murdered: Soul Suspect, as well as two panels, the publisher announced today. PAX East attendees will be able to head to Square Enix's booth, #548, to see Murdered (screenshot above), the thriller from Airtight Games that is in development on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One; Nosgoth, the free-to-play PC multiplayer action game by Psyonix; and Hitman Go, the turn-based strategy game for mobile devices from Square Enix Montreal. All three titles will be playable at the booth. Square Enix is also holding panels during the show for Murdered and Nosgoth. Simply called "Murdered: Soul Suspect," the game's panel will focus on the mental makeup of murderers and run...

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Nosgoth is now on Steam Early Access

Square Enix's online mulitplayer action title Nosgoth is now available through Steam Early Access, according to a listing for the title. According to the post, Nosgoth on Steam Early Access will be available alongside the game's closed beta — which launched on Feb. 27 — and accessible until the launch of the open beta. Once in open beta, the game will be found in Steam's free-to-play section. "It is our recommendation that if you aren't sure about the experience you'll get in closed beta, you should wait for open beta and play Nosgoth for free," Square Enix notes in the post. Currently, players have the option to purchase Founders' packs from the Nosgoth website, bundles featuring bonus items and boosts to use in-game. These packs will no longer be available once Nosgoth launches...

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Nosgoth's closed beta starts Feb. 27, classic skins revealed

The closed beta for Nosgoth, developer Psyonix Studios' free-to-play multiplayer fighter set in the Legacy of Kain universe, will enter its closed beta this Thursday, Feb. 27, less than a week after its alpha ended. Design director Corey Davis revealed the news today in a short video. Press play above to hear the announcement and catch a glimpse of upcoming "classic" vampire skins designed by Daniel Cabuco, art lead for Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Crystal Dynamics' 1999 action game for Dreamcast, PlayStation 2 and Windows PC. "It's with great pleasure that I announce my involvement with Psyonix in creating these classic Soul Reaver clan skins," Cabuco wrote on Nosgoth's official blog. "They heard the fans and sought me out to ensure an authentic tie to the original series." Further...

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Nosgoth is free-to-play but not pay-to-win, says Square Enix

Players who make in-game purchases in Nosgoth, the upcoming free-to-play multiplayer title set in the Legacy of Kain universe, won't be buying items that are better than free items, said publisher Square Enix in a blog post today. "Nosgoth is a free-to-play game — but it's not pay-to-win," said George Kelion, community manager at Square Enix London Studios, in a post on the game's website. "One of the key goals has been to create a fair experience that doesn't penalize players who don’t spend money in the game — as such Nosgoth doesn't include items, weapons or abilities that are inherently better." Square Enix refers to the items that players can buy as "sidegrades" as opposed to "upgrades." Kelion explained that the paid items will be better in some respects but worse in...

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Nosgoth gameplay premieres with vampire versus human hunting

A video released today for Nosgoth shows more than 20 minutes of combat in developer Psyonix's upcoming free-to-play game set in the Legacy of Kain universe. Press play above to see rounds of Team Deathmatch on the game's Sommerdamm map as Nosgoth's director, Corey Davis, plays, explains and narrates. Stick around, and you'll get to see abilities, classes like the ranged human Hunter and the vampire Reaver, personalization options like skins and more from both sides of the battlefield. Announced last year, the team-based multiplayer game pits humans against vampires in arena battles. Nosgoth is currently in beta. Prospective players can sign up at the game's official site to participate.

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Nosgoth testing welcoming more players this month, moving to closed beta

Square Enix is planning to invite more players into closed testing for its free-to-play multiplayer action title Nosgoth later this month, the company told Polygon. Currently Nosgoth is still in closed alpha as developers work to implement feedback from its current testing phase. Square Enix noted that they "expect to be ready to move on to the next stage of game development very soon" and plan to introduce new features and content with the second wave of testing. Additionally, the company plans to let more players into testing as Nosgoth moves from closed alpha into a closed beta phase. More invites will be sent out via email this month. "Unfortunately, we've had to limit the number of players during closed alpha to be able to test the game's network infrastructure, but this will...

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Nosgoth multiplayer trailer revisits the world of Legacy of Kain

A new gameplay trailer offers an alpha look at Nosgoth, the first entry in the Legacy of Kain franchise in over a decade. Unlike prior games in the series, Nosgoth revolves around asymmetric PvP multiplayer, pitting the ranged weaponry and devices of humanity against the close-range power and brutality of the vampires. Nosgoth will be coming to Windows PC as a free-to-play title. Players interested in participating in the upcoming closed beta test can sign up on the game's website.

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New Square Enix business strategy makes North America the center of online games development

Square Enix is making "strategic changes" to its digital entertainment business, which includes turning its North American studios into a hub for online games development, the company revealed in its recently released financial results slides. The company's domestic studios across Japan will begin focusing on the production of mobile games, while plans are underway to expand activity primarily in Asia. Square Enix hopes to transform "the fixed-price model" of online games "into variable earnings models" like the currently under-developent free-to-play title Nosgoth. The company is also planning on bringing sequels of popular franchises Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy Agito to mobile. The latest Final Fantasy Agito release is slated for this winter while Dragon Quest 10 will arrive on...

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Nosgoth tests extended to North America and all Europe

The closed alpha for Square Enix and Psyonix's multiplayer action game Nosgoth has been extended to cover North America and Europe. The game, a battle between human and vampires, set in the Legacy of Kain dark fantasy world, was initially offered to closed alpha applicants in Scandinavia earlier this month. Each race in Nosgoth wields separate powers, with agility and strength favoring vampires and weaponry and tech favoring humans. Within the races, Nosgoth offers heavily customizable classes. Applications for the closed alpha are being registered now. Square Enix said today that at "the number of invitations are extremely limited."

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