Nosgoth, the competitive first-person shooter set in the Legacy of Kain universe and developed by Rocket League creators Psyonix, will be shutting its servers down by the end of May. Community Manager Oghamsmith announced on the Square Enix forums that the game would come to an end on May 31st without ever exiting its beta period. The game will be available to play as normal until that date, but will cease to exist afterward. Players will no longer be able to make in-game purchases and any purchases made from March 1st this year onward will automatically be refunded.
Nosgoth offered a unique, asymmetric style of play with one team playing as humans and the other as vampires, each with their own distinct arsenals and abilities at their disposal. It garnered mostly positive reviews on Steam, but has also been a source of controversy. Many fans of the Legacy of Kain series were immediately turned off by seeing a traditionally action-adventure series that had been on hiatus since 2003 being reworked into a competitive FPS. Similar events had previously happened with the Shadowrun, Syndicate, and X-COM franchises and the practice was already fatigued. The official statement from Square Enix blames the closure on a lack of audience growth to support the title, but users in the forum have mostly pointed the finger towards a lack of developer response to community concerns and a mismanagement of finances on extravagant prize pools for tournaments.
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