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Kyle Mannerberg (1977/1978 – 18 December 2007[1]) was credited for "design" in Legacy of Kain: Defiance,[Defiance] received a special thanks in Legacy of Kain: Defiance: Prima's Official Strategy Guide, and contributed to Legacy of Kain: The Dark Prophecy. He worked for Crystal Dynamics.

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Mannerberg was employed at Namco circa 1999–2002, prior to joining Crystal Dynamics.[2]

Defiance credited Mannerberg for design alongside John Dumala, Mike Ellis, Richard Lemarchand, Joe Ching, and Nate Franklin.[Defiance] He, Rosaura Sandoval, and others were acknowledged "for all their help" in Legacy of Kain: Defiance: Prima's Official Strategy Guide.[Defiance strategy guide] GameSpot hosted a designer diary written by Mannerberg which discussed the evolution of Kain's character.

When series director Amy Hennig moved to Naughty Dog in 2003, Mannerberg was one of three staff members "chosen to keep the Kain story alive," alongside Lemarchand and Jennifer Fernández.[TLW-JRK] Hennig put him in touch with the Nosgothic Realm fansite, to whom he contributed the official game scripts of Soul Reaver 2, Blood Omen 2, and Defiance.[3][4][5][6] He also participated in two question and answer sessions with the community.[TLW-JRK]

Before its cancellation in 2004, Mannerberg worked on The Dark Prophecy. He collaborated with Daniel Cabuco on "base level mechanics and art direction."

When Eidos Interactive placed the Legacy of Kain series on hold and assigned Crystal Dynamics to the Tomb Raider franchise, Mannerberg continued as a designer on Tomb Raider: Legend and Tomb Raider: Anniversary.[7][8][9] By Tomb Raider: Underworld, he had been promoted to the role of lead level designer.[10]

On 18 December 2007, during the first half of production on Underworld, Mannerberg unexpectedly "passed away peacefully in his sleep ... from a brain hæmorrhage due to latent aneurysm," aged 29.[1][11][12] He was survived by his family, friends, and coworkers, who created a memorial blog to celebrate his life.[13] The Crystal Dynamics community, including several Legacy of Kain fansites, also posted tributes online.[1][3][14][15] Underworld included a portrait of him in the yacht area, and was dedicated to his memory.[10][16]

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