Crystal Dynamics rebooting Soul Reaver - Report

Source says Tomb Raider studio bringing back Legacy of Kain vampire action franchise, unannounced IP is an XBLA title.

Crystal Dynamics is returning to the Legacy of Kain franchise with a Soul Reaver reboot, a source has told VG247.

Soul Reaver is coming back, according to the source.

Details are thin concerning the project, but the tipster told the site the title is a "full reworking" of the vampire action game and boasts a fresh art style.

Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver (pictured at right) was developed by Crystal Dynamics and shipped for the original PlayStation in 1999. It is a spin-off from 1996's Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain and was directed and produced by Amy Hennig, who is now a lead developer on the PlayStation 3-exclusive Uncharted franchise.

A direct sequel to Soul Reaver--Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2--shipped in 2001 for the PlayStation 2 and PC. Additional titles Blood Omen 2: Legacy of Kain and Legacy of Kain: Defiance followed, shipping in 2002 and 2003, respectively.

In addition to spilling the beans on Soul Reaver, the source indicated that the new IP in development at Crystal Dynamics is an Xbox Live Arcade title. Further information was not provided.

Earlier this month, God of War II director Cory Barlog joined Crystal Dynamics to work on a "yet to be announced title."

A representative from Crystal Dynamics parent company Square Enix declined to comment.

Crystal Dynamics is currently at work on a Tomb Raider reboot, due for release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC this fall. An origin story, the game will tell the tale of how Lara Croft came to be the crafty, nimble adventurer at the center of previous franchise games.

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