The vampire-slaying mulitplayer spin-off of Legacy of Kain, Nosgoth, has been cancelled by publisher Square Enix after failing to gain a ‘sustainable’ audience.
We’ll have to update our best free games on PC list before the end of May, then. If you’re looking for something else to keep you busy after that, have a butcher’s.
The free-to-play PvP game entered Early Access in January 2015 to a mixed reception as fans of the Legacy of Kain series were not treated to the single-player RPG sequel they had expected after a decade-long hiatus.
Developers Psyonix, now better known for their roaring success in the football-car genre of multiplayer games, will cease working on the title this month but servers will stay online until May 31. Obviously they’ll be taking no more money from players, so the store will be removed for the final two months and anyone making a real money purchase since March 1 will receive a refund.
Community manager for Nosgoth Chris Murphy made the announcement on the game’s development blog on Friday, along with an FAQ for players who want to know more. “It is with regret that today we can confirm that development for Nosgoth has officially ceased and we are winding down support for the game,” he says. “It’s been a pleasure to build this game with your help, but ultimately its audience hasn’t grown enough to sustain ongoing operations.”
The game had originally been planned for release in the next month, as announced by the publisher and developer in March, however it appears the vampire shooter genre didn’t have as much life in it as they had anticipated. Sometimes game development sucks, eh?