Techland, the studio responsible for successful titles such as Dead Island and the more recent Dying Light, have decided to stop the development of Hellraid, the dark first-person fantasy game that was planned to hit the shelves this year for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
The developers released a statement today through their official site and claimed that it was simply not meeting the expectations they had hoped to meet. It also seems that the success of Dying Light may have influenced this decision because they explain that they hope to expand the Dying Light franchise instead. You can read the full statement bellow:
“Dear Hellraid fans,
We would like to officially announce that our dark fantasy FPP game Hellraid will not be released this year as previously planned, and the development of the game has been put on hold.
In the recent months we conducted an internal analysis and came to the conclusion that Hellraid, in its current shape and form, is not meeting our own expectations for this project. Therefore, we decided the best course of action would be to send it back to the drawing board and invent our dark fantasy title anew.
In the meantime, we will consolidate our development resources and focus on further expansion of our Dying Light franchise.We wish to thank all our fans for your support – you’re the best!
We wish to thank all our fans for your support – you’re the best!”
It’s unfortunate that this title has been put on hold as it actually looked quite promising. You can view a bit of gameplay from the game below if you have either never heard of Hellraid before or had forgotten about it. Kyle also did a let’s play of Dying Light, one of Techland’s more successful games, which you can watch here.