Video Demo - 1999-03-16
This is a rare video preview of Soul Reaver discovered by Brazilian fan Thiago Paulino. Its only known publication was on the German Playstation Zone Volume 6 disc.
The main item of interest is previously-unknown footage of The Turelim Clan Territory, which appears in only one other video (The KainDemo Video). However, it clearly depicts the game in an early state:
The video file's timestamp places it on 16 March, 1999, but the footage could have been created months before that.
Unfortunately, the publisher of Playstation Zone overlaid a giant frame/logo on the video, which results in the image losing about being cropped by about 25% vertically and about 10% horizontally. The blurred area in the screenshots and downloadable video is from where their logo was removed to avoid infringing their copyright and with the intent of creating a less-distracting appearance. If anyone knows of a version of this video without the frame and logo, please let me know.
|Screenshots of The Opening FMV
|Demo Video - 1999-03-16
|A an early preview video of Soul Reaver.
|This was corrected by the time the game was released, although the early renderings made their way into the hands of BBI, who ended up releasing their Kain figure with the same error (see Retail Action Figures).
|This would place the video file's creation about six months after The Lighthouse Demo was built, and about two months before "the early beta" discussed in Raina Audron's beta comparison (see Beta Comparison - Versions).