Blood Omen 2 Q&A at GameSpot (by Sam Newman)
GameSpot: How did you approach developing Blood Omen 2?Sam Newman: We took all the cool story elements from BO1 and extended them. We asked questions like "We know Kain takes over and rules Nosgoth, but how did he do that?" We borrowed some good design ideas from Soul Reaver and added our own combat and puzzle mechanics. The end result is something that Kain and Raziel fans can have fun with.
GS: How large is the team working on it?SN: There are 20 to 24 core team members.
SN: Many, many titles. This is a very experienced team. Most notable titles include, but are not limited to, Gex 2, Gex 3, Slave Zero, Soul Reaver, Akuji, and Colony Wars 1 and 2.GS: Is there any sharing of resources with the Soul Reaver team?
SN: Not really. Some of the same characters appear in the Soul Reaver series, so we try to maintain consistency with their art, but since BO2 and SR1 and 2 take place in drastically different time periods, there are significant differences in them.GS: Did the fact that the game was going to be on the PS2 and the Xbox affect development at all?
SN: No. Not really.GS: The emphasis on combat departs a bit from the gameplay of the original. What elements did you feel it was essential to keep in Blood Omen 2 when developing the gameplay?
GS: In terms of the graphics engine, was this built from the ground up for the game?SN: Yes, BO2 is built with a new engine that has been developed internally at Crystal Dynamics.
GS: What do you feel is the game's coolest feature?SN: Hmm, the coolest thing that isn't a spoiler...OK, when Kain is in stealth mode and has an ax, sneak up behind someone and do a stealth kill. Hot decapitation action!
GS: How does the Blood Omen 2 storyline relate to the events of Soul Reaver and Soul Reaver 2? Does BO2 pick up from the original Legacy of Kain?SN: The nobleman Kain is slain by a band of brigands. He is resurrected by the necromancer Mortanius. The events of LOK: Blood Omen take place 200 years later. Kain's conquesting vampire army is stopped in its tracks by the Sarafan army. Kain himself is bested in single combat by the Sarafan lord. The Reaver is taken, Kain left for dead. Kain spends the next 200 hundred years in a hibernation-like state, recovering from his near-fatal wounds. He awakens in the city of Meridian to find the world has changed around him. The Sarafan rule, and glyph magic is everywhere. Still some 1600 years before Raziel emerges from the void to begin LOK:SR, Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2 begins.
Thanks to Sam for his time.