That time has at last come for us to properly reveal the evolved skins we’ve been working on in conjunction with Daniel Cabuco.
For anyone unfamiliar with his work, Daniel Cabuco joined Crystal Dynamics in 1998 and was immersed in the opportunity to create Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver with some of the best artists, designers and engineers of the time.
His love of the series pushed him to greater involvement, until over the course of the three games, he rose from Lead Character Artist to Art Director by the time Legacy of Kain: Defiance was released. To this day, he maintains a board on his forum where you can ask him Legacy of Kain related questions.
Following the community event that took place shortly before Nosgoth’s official unveiling, we reached out to Daniel for his help creating evolved skins for each of the Vampire character classes representing their Clans in the game, allowing them to grow from fledgling to adult status in accordance with the series' lore by means of the levelling system we currently have in development.
We were eager to create an authentic visual tie to the series that spawned Nosgoth and we couldn’t think of a better way than by bringing Soul Reaver’s Art Lead on board. Working with Daniel has been an enormously enjoyable process and we’re all incredibly pleased with the results. In fact, it’s been pretty darn hard keeping them a secret for the last month or so!
Today, we’re overwhelmingly excited to reveal the first of our three evolved skins for Nosgoth’s Vampire Clans with you, starting with the Tyrants of Clan Turelim.
In Daniel’s own words:
“Devolving into a more feral state, fat and sinew give way to raw muscular power. The Tyrants of Turel begin the growth of their trademark ears and thick graying skin wrapping tightly around their massive shoulders.”
Daniel had this to share about the design of the adult Turelim:
“For the Turelim, the trademark ears and jaws are enlarged, showing an in-between state of the Tyrants. Their massive barrel chested bodies are starting to emaciate in the abdomen, now devoid of fat. The arm wraps, a trademark of their power, are bolted into the rhino-like skin they have developed. Leathers, brass and coppers now comprise their materials (so stained with dried blood that they have started to turn brown). The silhouette now pushes towards what fans will recognize as a Soul Reaver Turelim.”
We’re offering you a chance to ask Daniel some questions about each individual Vampire character class’ evolved skin and we’ll be publishing his answers here on the blog in due course. To submit your question, simply e-mail it to Nosgoth@square-enix.com with the subject line ‘Daniel Cabuco Q&A – Tyrant of Clan Turelim’.
So, what do you make of the Turelim's more monstrous look? Speak up in our forums and share your thoughts, we’re eager to read your impressions.
Be sure to come back and check out the blog tomorrow when we’ll be revealing the Reaver of Clan Dumahim!