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Dead Island Dev's Xbox One/PS4/PC Co-Op Slasher Hellraid Put on Hold

Hellraid is "not meeting our own expectations," Techland says.


Dead Island developer Techland's first-person co-op slasher Hellraid has been put on hold. The Polish developer confirmed the news on Thursday through a blog post published on its website.

"We would like to officially announce that our dark fantasy [first playable prototype] game Hellraid will not be released this year as previously planned, and the development of the game has been put on hold," it said.

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Techland explained that it recently conducted an internal analysis of the project and determined that, as the game currently stands, it is "not meeting our own expectations." The game isn't canceled outright, however.

"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," Techland added.

For now, Techland said it will "consolidate our development resources" and focus on future production on the Dying Light series. The zombie game, published by Warner Bros., has been a success, selling millions of copies and even outpacing the sales path of Dead Island.

Hellraid was originally announced for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. It was first expected to launch in 2013, but was later pushed to 2014, before again shifting to 2015. In April 2014, Techland revealed that the game would be leaving last-generation consoles behind, instead coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

GameSpot saw a demo of Hellraid at E3 last summer, but critic Kevin VanOrd was not entirely impressed.

For more on Hellraid, check out some images in the gallery below. But be aware that, because the game has now gone back to the drawing board, these images might not be representative of the project.

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