Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

Digital FoundryLegacy of Kain: Soul Reaver - the genesis of today's open world tech?

A vast gameplay area with no in-game loading... sound familiar?

In today's video games, the open world is now commonplace - a single, continuous gameplay area that offers a vast canvas for developers to populate, to varying degrees of success. At the most fundamental level, what makes these sandbox games work is their ability to stream in world data on the fly as you play, with no loading whatsoever to disrupt the flow during traversal. What is now the norm was once the most ambitious of gaming concepts - one that initially came to fruition in the console space with the classic Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver for the original PlayStation.