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If you were hoping to join your friends in closing the gates of Hell and defeating a demonic invasion this year, then you will need to look somewhere besides Hellraid. Fans looking forward to he first-person demon slaying game received bad news earlier when Polish development team Techland announced that Hellraid will not be released this year as originally intended.  Further development has been put on hold for the game to be reinvented, as Hellraid has thus far not met internal expectations.

Techland released an official statement on May 21st detailing the reasoning behind the decision.

“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.”

Hellraid Development Team

Fans are already displaying their displeasure on the very page the announcement was posted, with numerous concerns that this could mean the end of Hellraid altogether.

Hellraid was intended to be a single- or multi-player experience for up to 4 players, featuring first person combat, multiple game modes, class-free character customization, and numerous different fighting styles. It had been in development since mid-2013, and had already been delayed before, with the release date being pushed back repeatedly, and an early access launch being canceled outright.

The resources being used to develop Hellraid will be moved to help expand the Dying Light franchise. It is not clear when, or if, development of Hellraid will resume.

Were you looking forward to Hellraid? Do you hope that it will survive after this announcement?


Clint Smith

I'm an ex-carnie who has been gaming and writing since I was a kid. Lately you can find me over-thinking in RPGs or failing my way through a plethora of indie games.