It copped a bit of flak when it was first announced, but there were still plenty of gamers looking forward to Techland‘s dark first-person fantasy Hellraid. For them, we have some bad news: The game’s development has been “put on hold” – and if you think that means it’ll be resurrected some time in the future, you’re more optimistic than most.
Frustratingly, it looks like Hellraid is being sacrificed for the greater good – the shuffling survival of Dying Light, which has done far better than the developer ever anticipated. After just 45 days on sale, more than 3.2 million players were experiencing Techland‘s breed of zombies – so it’s little wonder the studio’s now referring to the “Dying Light franchise”.
The official statement from the developer thanks fans for their support, but doesn’t hide the bad news:
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.
Instead of working on Hellraid, the team will “consolidate [its] development resources”, focussing further on Dying Light, and its sequels and spinoffs (so far, the shooter’s seen full mod support added, a new “hard” mode, and plenty of other stuff.)
We may have laughed at the announcement, but Hellraid still had some merits… here’s hoping that it really does resurface somewhere down the track, and that it benefits from its time out of the spotlight.