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Blood Omen 2 Comes to GameCube

by Jonathan Metts - July 23, 2002, 5:04 pm EDT
Source: Eidos Press Notice

Kain is making his first-ever appearance on a Nintendo system, just in time for Halloween.

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Eidos announced today that Blood Omen 2, developed by Crystal Dynamics, will be released on GameCube this Halloween. Versions for Xbox and PS2 were released almost simultaneously earlier this year, but we don't yet know if the tardy GameCube port will have any extra features or improvements.


Top-selling, mature-rated video game for the Xbox™ video game system from Microsoft and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system coming soon for the Nintendo GameCube™

San Francisco, CA (July 23, 2002) – Eidos Interactive, a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment, today announced that Blood Omen 2 is scheduled for release on the Nintendo GameCube this Fall. Currently in development by Crystal Dynamics, creators of the Soul Reaver franchise, the game’s release marks the first time a video game from the Legacy of Kain series will be available on a Nintendo platform. Blood Omen 2 is a story-driven, combat action game that centers on the fallen vampire Kain and his quest to reclaim rule over the ancient city of Nosgoth.

“We are excited to bring video gaming’s most infamous villain – Kain - to the GameCube in Crystal Dynamics’ Blood Omen 2,” says Sean Amann, Marketing Director for Eidos Interactive. “With an emphasis on storyline, puzzle-solving and deadly combat, Blood Omen 2 for GameCube promises to be one of the few dark thrillers available for the system to date.”

Blood Omen 2 centers on the horrifying vampire Kain, who awakens after a 400-year slumber in a very weakened state. Nearly killed in the wars raged by his vampire armies, Kain must now work to overthrow the opposing Sarafan order to reclaim his rule.

Gameplay in Blood Omen 2 is uniquely combat-based in terms of both attack and defensive blocking maneuvers. The player will engage in battle with armies of demons and soldiers in incredibly realistic combat maneuvers. Kain has over ten deadly weapons at his disposal for enemy attack, each with its own unique animations and spine-tingling finishing moves.

In addition to the wealth of combat in Blood Omen 2, stealth also plays an important role in Kain’s progression through the game. The more the player utilizes stealth to get through situations, the longer the characters in the world won’t realize Kain is a vampire, making the path to completion somewhat easier. Nothing is straightforward though; there are characters and special devices built into the environment that can detect Kain even when he’s being stealthy.

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