Dead Island dev's Hellraid delayed to 2014

First-person co-op slasher pushed to next year so Techland can add new features and "completely new" game modes.

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First-person co-op slasher Hellraid, from Dead Island developer Techland, has been delayed to 2014, the studio announced today in a blog post on its website.

"If we released our game this year we would have to make too many compromises and the final product probably wouldn't meet all our promises and your expectations," the developer wrote. "That's why we've made a tough decision to release Hellraid in 2014 or to be more precise: when it's done."

Techland said the additional development time will allow the studio to add new features and "completely new" game modes for single-player and co-op. The extra time will also give the studio space to "rethink a few things."

"Playtesting our game with fans and players who visited our office gave us a lot of fresh insight and new perspective on many aspects of the game," the studio wrote. "For example, we want to redesign the magic system to make it even more powerful and diverse, add new ways of casting spells and a set of new, more visually stunning spells."

"We believe that with this decision, Hellraid will deliver all that we've promised and even more."

Hellraid was announced in April 2013 for launch later in the year on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. It is unclear if the game remains in development for those platforms or if it has shifted to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, both of which launch next month.

Hellraid features a single-player campaign and a "unique" cooperative multiplayer component that pits four players against creatures of hell.

The game promises to combine elements of hack-and-slash role-playing games, first-person shooters, and online multiplayer games. Hellraid also sports a Game Master system that claims to make "each game a different experience" by placing loot and enemies in different places and generating random online challenges.

In addition to Hellraid, Techland is working on the next-generation game Dying Light, which will be published by Warner Bros. Interactive in 2014.

Discussion

14 comments
kingnothing47
kingnothing47

Love or hate dead island it has given tech land experience, and I do believe they will improve those lackluster areas from before

davetbeau
davetbeau

I've been following this game since it was announced so I expected this. I still can't wait for it though!

Klikandclick
Klikandclick

dead island was crap tbh, good on them for taking their time

Brakkyn
Brakkyn

Still looking forward to it, regardless.  Take all the time needed to fine-tune and spit-polish your product.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

this has me as intrigued as hellgate london did back when it was announced. I just hope it doesn't end up sucking as much as hellgate did, what a huge let down that game was.

Hurvl
Hurvl

I was never interested in their Dead Island games, but this one seems better. At least the setting is more interesting.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

what they are really looking at are pre-order numbers for next gen and saying why rush this ............

freedom01
freedom01

omg I didnt even know about this game, and I'm kind of sad now, I really like these kind of FPSlashers like Skyrim or Dead Island. Well I guess I'll go pre-order it tomorrow, I hope they add dual wield

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

Man, it really sucks when games I never knew existed get delayed. I think I need to speak to a manager.

Xx_DemonSoul_xX
Xx_DemonSoul_xX

It's really sad how many titles are getting pushed to 2014. With that said, I hope the game is worth the delay. It looks sweet.