Nosgoth Leaps into Closed Beta Tomorrow, Adds New Siege Mode 2

Square Enix has announced that its free-to-play Legacy of Kain-inspired humans vs. vampires slugfest Nosgoth will shut down at the end of next month. It’s the second SE-published game to shut its doors this year before even getting out of beta, following Triad Wars.

In a post on the Nosgoth forums, EU Community Manager Oghamsmith gave a shoutout to the dedicated team that brought Nosgoth into being and thanked the players for their continued support. The reason given for the shutdown was simply lack of players: “ultimately its audience hasn’t grown enough to sustain ongoing operations.”

The game will continue to operate until May 31, and the forums will remain open until June 14. No real-money purchases can be made in that time. If you made a purchase since March 1, it will be refunded. Finally, for you Legacy of Kain fans who wanted a more RPG-like experience and might be worried that Nosgoth’s failure will have a negative bearing on that, SE has this to say:

“Any future Legacy of Kain project will be considered independently of Nosgoth and on the merits of the proposals alone.”

As someone who played a fair bit of Nosgoth, I can’t say I disagree with the reasons given. Player population was severely lacking, even during prime time hours, and it would sometimes take a ridiculously long time to find a match. I think the huge number of levels and the lobby system didn’t do the game any favors in that regard, either, and though I never encountered anything severe, a lot of complaints in the forum thread are about unfixed bugs. There are a couple of other games out there — good, solid games — that might be suffering from the same fate. It’s probably a topic for a future editorial.

For now, though, I’ll just mourn the loss of an underrated game that was more fun than I thought it would be when I first heard of its idea of asymmetric gameplay. I’m not a high-level player, so I won’t pretend to know how the balance was between vampires and humans, though the Square Enix and Psyonix team did seem to adjust nicely to the early advantage vampires had. I’ll be sad to see it go, and I wonder what effect this could have on Square Enix’s overall willingness to stick around in the PC F2P gaming space.

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. zxcczzzz on April 12, 2016

    How predictable, game problem was console unplayable controls, very outdated looks, they not wasting time on dead game like skyforge poor scammers.

  2. Thoron on April 11, 2016

    AAAAAhhhhhhh…….
    Well I have to say that somehow I felt that this might gonna happen sooner or later……
    I invested 15 hours to the game SINCE THE BEGINING OF THE CLOSED BETA so that should say something…… but DAMN it had a lot of potential and there was not once when I just thought about sitting down and probably playing 1 or 2 matches…
    The problem here was that the game had a rich lore behind it and they basically didn’t do anything with it THERE WAS EVEN A LEGACY OF KAIN THE DEAD SUN SINGLE PLAYER BEHIND IT but then they scrapted the project and they made NOSGOTH the game of what it could have been seriously if they’d have made some sort of single player stuff to it or maybe some siege mode or something that would have been different than that 5v5 mode (which not once was 4v5 3v2 1v5 Yes I had the last one as well and I was not happy with hunting down 5 enemies while I was alone) so yes they could have done anything with it and now currently I’m playing with the other Legacy of Kain games like Blood omen 2 and I was planning on playing the Soulreaver games as well after that then I’d play the defiance and my plan was that after that I’ll play NOSGOTH……
    I may not have played with all of the Vampires or the humans but this game certainly gave me not once some good days and it lighted up my day not once just coming home and trying it out what have changed and when we got hat new Vampiress (and I used her basically every time since I got her from leveling) and now it’s time to say goodbye…..
    it will be hard to say goodbye and now with the “Like I’m gonna lose you” song from Jasmine Thompson I guess I’ll say my goodbyes to this game which had Sooo much potential…..
    GODDAMMIT THE ONLY ONLINE VAMPIRE GAME AND I HAVE TO SAY GOODBYE TO IT GODDAMMIT WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!
    ….. Well Goodbye then Nosgoth….. ‘Till we meet…. Again….
    Oh and 1 more thing please Make a new Legacy of Kain game!

  3. Merkadis on April 9, 2016

    One glance at it, and it was enough to never bother with it again, definitely non-missable material.

  4. Jaeger on April 8, 2016

    Good.

  5. MrHeartless on April 8, 2016

    Told people since this was announced it would fail because instead of making a fully fleshed out game using the rich Legacy of Kain IP, they turn around and make a half assed 5v5 game.

    It was never going to hold a large enough audience to sustain itself when boxing itself in to such a narrow corner of the market.

    Played it and though it wasn’t bad it had 0 hooking potential and absolutely no reason for me to invest anything into it.

    Poor idea, in this harsh f2p environment you really have to come good to stay afloat.

  6. Fortegs on April 8, 2016

    RIP, had some very interesting ideas and I’m very sad to see it go

  7. i din’t even tried it, my name says it all

  8. Player1 on April 8, 2016

    Ther’es tons of players that couldn’t play the game due to the high systems requeriments, even in ultra low the game still kicking the ram hard. The poor optimization and the insane prices killed the game slowly till the shutdown, it’s really sad cause i really liked the game, i think i have almost 2.5k hours in it, welp farewell Nosgoth

    • Daddy on April 9, 2016

      Lmfao. High system requirements = 8gb of ram. a Nvidia 260, and 2.5 ghz quad core. You sir must be playing on a literal potato.

    • IDGAF on April 10, 2016

      What are you running dude a Gameboy??? Buy a new Computer dude haha… this game would run on a patato. Get a Job get some money and buy a real Computer.

    • LAMBDA471 on April 10, 2016

      I could play it fine with some effects on on a dual core 3.1ghz, 4gb ram and a 2gb ddr3 gfx. My PC is old, but it runs most new games “somehow” and Windows 10 x64 runs better than every other OS I had, you must have trouble running Windows XP.

  9. Hantzie on April 8, 2016

    I’m surprised. This game is not my cup of tea, but i had the idea that it was kinda popular. Well R.I.P.

  10. Jafarson on April 8, 2016

    buehehehehehe

  11. Derpina on April 8, 2016

    HAHAHA AHAHAH *points and laughs* It was horrible in CB. Horrible in OB, and just grabbed cash to any moron thinking it was a good game. This needs to happen to so many other games now. Starting with BDO.

    • Cyril on April 8, 2016

      The game was OK, it’s probably you that’s horrible.

    • Lelwut on April 10, 2016

      U do know bdo is b2p right?

  12. nanz735 on April 8, 2016

    ohh, that was a nice game

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