A fanmade unofficial Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver HD remaster is now accessible for download, permitting PC customers to benefit from the traditional action-adventure game at its greatest.
The unofficial HD remaster has been developed by RainaAudron, who additionally launched an HD Texture Pack for the game some time again. The remaster is predicated upon the SEGA Dreamcast model, which is taken into account to be one of the best model of the game, and would require the Flycast emulator, as this emulator is able to extracting and loading textures externally.
On the Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver HD Remaster web site, RainaAudron additionally supplied some extra info on the challenge, and the way it got here to be:
Soul Reaver was a groundbreaking title when it launched in 1999 and it’s nonetheless fondly remembered by many to this date. However, the graphics high quality throughout the three totally different revealed variations haven’t been constant and whereas the Dreamcast model runs at 60fps and has increased poly fashions for Kain and Raziel, the textures for every part else are literally decrease high quality than PC and even the PlayStation model. With the arrival of emulators being able to extracting textures, I lastly had the means to improve Soul Reaver to increased decision graphics.
This texture pack requires Flycast, a Dreamcast emulator, able to extracting and loading textures externally, which allows anybody to mod Dreamcast video games. I made a decision that after the upscaled texture pack I launched in August 2020 and a demo model for Tomb Raider 2 HD on computer, the time was ripe for me to strive one thing extra superior and difficult. I’ve began engaged on this challenge in July 2021. It has been an extended highway with many obstacles I needed to overcome and I learnt a lot about working with textures.
To be capable of accomplish this, firstly, I obtained a big library of textures. I bought a number of units from Marlin Studios and likewise purchased copies of texture reference books from the acclaimed photographer, Judy A. Juracek. As her books had been revealed throughout 90s and early 2000s, they’re fairly costly and never the best to seek out with a CD-ROM connected. Luckily, I managed to trace down Surfaces, Natural Surfaces and Architectural Surfaces, all of which proved to be a useful reference materials.
The Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver unofficial HD remaster may be downloaded from right here. A trailer can be watched beneath.
Currently, choices are restricted for individuals who want to play Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver on fashionable methods. The game has by no means been formally remastered, and the Steam model of the game has been quickly pulled on the request of Square Enix, and it has but to return, because the writer is supposedly engaged on some essential updates. The Japanese writer, nonetheless, bought its Western studios to Embracer Group this yr, so an official remaster, and the return of the sequence as a complete, is now as much as the brand new proprietor of developer Crystal Dynamics.