The developer of now has full control over the games it used to work on at Square Enix, but will that mean a new Legacy Of Kain?
At least until the Microsoft purchase of Activision goes through, , and all their related game franchises, is the strangest acquisition the games industry has ever seen.
Square Enix virtually gave them away, for a mere $300 million, which seems absurd given how many valuable IPs are involved, as well as two very large and talented studios.
The deal is done now though, and Crystal Dynamics has confirmed they’re now the official owners of both Tomb Raider and Legacy Of Kain. The question now is whether the latter will ever get a new game.
Crystal Dynamics was already working on a before the sale, as well as helping out with Microsoft’s (amidst rumours that co-developer The Initiative is in trouble).
That seems to leave little spare capacity for a Legacy Of Kain revival anytime soon, especially given there’s still a chance Crystal Dynamics could continue to work on some kind of .
In a short notice on , the developer says that, ‘We are excited to inform you that Crystal Dynamics has taken control of several game franchises – including Tomb Raider and Legacy Of Kain -from the games’ previous owner, Square Enix Limited.’
There’s no indication of what the other franchises are but they’re likely to include smaller titles such as Gex, Pandemonium!, and Whiplash, which they also worked on in the past.
Nothing is guaranteed until officially confirmed though, as while Eidos also published the Just Cause series, Square Enix has hung onto the rights for that.
Although they’ve not made any official announcement yet, Eidos-Montréal are also believed to have taken control of the Deus Ex and Thief franchises.
Since they only completed Guardians Of The Galaxy last year it’s not know what the studio is working on next, just that it has several projects in early development using Unreal Engine 5.
It certainly wouldn’t be a surprise if they were planning a revival of Deus Ex though, given their history with the series.
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