Project Hell: Now you see it, now you don't

Shortly after its unveiling, the game codenamed Project Hell has been tucked back under wraps. The first-person hack-and-slash game is on the way from Dead Island developers Techland, who first posted about Project Hell on its official blog.

Now though, mere days after the discovery, the entire website has been taken offline and removed from Google’s cache. Whether it’s just a coincidence remains to be seen, but it’s important to note that Techland has never formally confirmed the game’s development, so perhaps that cat got out of the bag a little early.

Our first look at Project Hell

Our first look at Project Hell

The developers – including project manager and designer Marcin “Kruq” Kruczkiewicz – reportedly started work on an internal weapon mod for Dead Island, exploring the idea of using magic spells to freeze monsters, then smashing them with two-handed swords. Apparently, the proof-of-concept was “brutally fun and addictive”, and lead to the spin-off of a small team within the studio, tasked with creating a dark fantasy, hack-and-slash prototype.

Kruczkiewicz explains:

Our main goal is to make a game we can all enjoy playing so don’t expect unicorns and fairies – we prefer breaking through hordes of undead minions only to slaughter their devilish and loathsome masters in a bloody boss-fight.

To achieve that we’ll use our experience already gained in game development and enhanced technology from Dead Island. We believe that we can make something really unique and thrilling and share it with you. Keep your fingers crossed.

Assuming the disappearing website isn’t a sign of something bigger, Project Hell is currently in development for PC, with the team considering the possibility of a console version or two.

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