An internal Dead Island weapon mod has spawned into a hellish new project.
Techland's zombie-reconstruction simulator, Dead Island, is popular with some of the staff here at The Escapist. It's a solid title with some brutal melee combat mechanics and one of the best promotional videos I've seen. Deep Silver is following up on the first game's success of three million sales with Dead Island Riptide, but Techland has also announced a new first-person hack and slash game that's going to be set in a dark fantasy setting. (Yes, there'll probably be a few zombies in this one, too.)
"Project Hell" was unveiled a few days ago in an official blog, and is currently being driven by a small team within the Techland team. The project originated from a simple internal weapon mod that combined ice magic spells with two-handed swords, and it was enough to inspire a few developers to band together and create a prototype, which has since grown into an independent project.
"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," reads the initial blog post. "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."
Dead Island's melee combat system was definitely one of the game's strong suits, and a more polished version of this in a dark fantasy world sounds very promising indeed.
Source: Sharpen Your Axes!