Kyle Mannerberg's profile photograph.

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


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.[DEF] He, Rosaura Sandoval, and others were acknowledged "for all their help" in Prima's Official Strategy Guide - Legacy of Kain: Defiance.[3] GameSpot hosted a designer diary written by Mannerberg which discussed the evolution of Kain's character.[GS-DEF-DD3]

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.[4][5][6][7] He also participated in two question and answer sessions with the community.[TLW-JRK][Eidos-ShadowMan]

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

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.[Eidos-Chris@Crystal][8][9][10] By Tomb Raider: Underworld, he had been promoted to the role of lead level designer.[11]

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][12][13] He was survived by his family, friends, and coworkers, who created a memorial blog to celebrate his life.[14] The Crystal Dynamics community, including several Legacy of Kain fansites, also posted tributes online.[1][4][15][16] Underworld included a portrait of him in the yacht area, and was dedicated to his memory.[11][17]


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