Many of the art and characters, and the main storyline has been recycled from an unfinished Dreamcast sequel of the Chakan - The Forever Man, a Sega Genesis title. The main reason for the similarity is that both the cancelled Chakan game and the Blood Omen 2 share their lead artist, Steve Ross. He also co-wrote the Blood Omen 2 story. In addition to the general similarity of themes, Chakan himself differs from the Blood Omen 2-era Kain only in that his body and face are harder-worn and he wears a hat, a worm-riding character is clearly the predecessor to Umah, several enemies bear the "broken ankh" symbol of the Sarafan in Blood Omen 2, enemy designs range from very similar to virtually identical, and the depiction of the streets of the city is essentially a futuristic version of Meridian.
here's part of the planned storyline:
" The City has existed since the beginning of time. Once it was a place of transcendent beauty and purity governed by five beings known as the Aeris. Then, many centuries ago, a catastrophic plague ripped through The City. This scourge cleaved each Aeris into two separate entities: A Siren, a being of light and song, and a Daemon, a dark, vile creature.
The Daemons soon overwhelmed the Sirens beginning a long reign of brutality and horror. They stripped away the Sirens' souls turning them into pitiful empty creatures who wander aimlessly through The City. The Daemons imprisoned the Siren souls in Soul Worlds; strange domains existing beyond space and time.
With no one left to challenge their power the Daemons began to feed on The City's population. They did not feed on the flesh of their victims, but on their souls, their life force. Through centuries of dark rule The City was transformed from a place of peace and serenity into a cruel, hard, twisted place. A place of horror, death and decay."
The striking similarities between these projects and Blood Omen 2 led many Kain fans to believe that Blood Omen 2 was some sort of re-branded Chakan.
Some concept artwork to look at:
Blood Omen 2 contains elements from TWO unfinished games.
The first game was Chakan, a Dreamcast sequel to a Sega Genesis game.The second was an old (circa 1997) game idea called Sirens. A website called Legacy of Kain: The Lost Worlds (www.thelostworlds.net) goes into more detail and includes some art as well.
A sample of Kain's famous "Vae Victus!" battlecry (used extensively in the first Blood Omen) was recorded for the name but not used.
Despite the depiction of Kain holding the sword known as Soul Reaver on both the game's cover art and it's title screen, in fact Kain is LACKING the Soul Reaver, having it taken from him before the game even begins.
There has been quite a lot of discussion about whether the appearance of Vorador in Blood Omen 2 has a real explanation or it's just a pulled-out-of-the-nose item, like to give the voice actor something to do.
Near the ending, Kain and Vorador engage in a discussion from which it raises a challenge for a future confrontation between them. In this discussion, Kain already says something about Vorador being 'reborn a second time'.
This not only begins to explain that THERE IS an explanation behind Vorador's presence in this game, but also might hint the possibility of more installments of the series.
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The ending of SOUL REAVER 2 closes a perfect circle in Nosgoth's history but at the same time it leaves a door opened for a next game (it's no secret that the next Legacy of Kain game Â—DefianceÂ— is coming out in a matter of months now). There, we saw Kain with the expression of who has a sudden revelation, and he knows it doesn't mean anything good, maybe even with horror; and the last thing that Raziel would hear from him is 'The Hylden! We walked right into their trap!'. At that moment I wondered 'The WHAT? What the hell is he talking about?'.
In Blood Omen 2, my question was fully answered, and the probable main plot of Legacy of Kain: Defiance is already suggested, since we get to fight the Hylden, to know who and what they are, and to understand why Kain has such expression when he guesses he fell into 'their trap'.
By the way Â—you should realize this once you see oneÂ— the Hylden are those yellow creatures that were depicted fighting the blue winged vampires in the ancient murals that Raziel kept finding all the time in SOUL REAVER 2.
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