Dead Island dev announces Project Hell

Techland has announced a new game in the works, code-named Project Hell. The dark fantasy hack-and-slash is inviting feedback as it blogs the creative process.

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Techland, the studio behind Dead Island, has announced a new game called Project Hell. The title is only a code name, but the game is described as a dark fantasy hack-and-slash. The team is inviting feedback as it shares insights on the development process.

The Project Hell blog says the game idea started as a weapon mod for Dead Island that allowed players to slice up monsters with aplomb. It asks for "help in making some decisions," but jokes that "we won't be asking for your money on Kickstarter."

So far the blog has posted a few pieces of concept art, and says the dark horror setting was chosen as the team remembers games like Quake and Diablo. "While searching for a dark and mature mood we are constantly referring to early European medieval times," one entry states. "It was a time when a lot of people were torn between Christianity and pagan habits – they attended masses but kept casting curses, asking oracles for advice all the while living in fear of necromancy. This gives us a believable base to build up a setting with grounds for magic bound with the evil side."

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    August 28, 2012 9:30 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Dead Island dev announces Project Hell.

    Techland has announced a new game in the works, code-named Project Hell. The dark fantasy hack-and-slash is inviting feedback as it blogs the creative process.

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      August 28, 2012 9:53 AM

      I'd love to learn more about the project. I wonder if the devs drew any inspiration from Dark Souls, which sets the bar as THE dark fantasy hack-and-slash these days.

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      August 28, 2012 9:53 AM

      Why am I always surprised when I hear that people enjoyed Dead Island?

      Welp, I hope they produce something playable :3

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        August 28, 2012 9:54 AM

        ? What was wrong with Dead Island? It was a great co-op experience with friends and wasn't bad in single player...

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          August 28, 2012 9:58 AM

          Yeah no kidding its one of my favorite games I love that thing to death.

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        August 28, 2012 10:02 AM

        Dead Island was a lot of fun

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        August 28, 2012 10:06 AM

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        August 28, 2012 10:14 AM

        I loved the hell out of that game! It's very rare I play a game to completion - Dead Island was one of the lucky ones :)

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        August 28, 2012 10:18 AM

        Metacritic would disagree with you. Dead island for all it's faults was an overall fantastic experience. The environments were very fun to explore around in, tons of goodies to find, lots of weapons to use.

        I mean what's not to love about breaking a zombie's arm, then slicing off another, then pushing him off a freaken cliff onto a flaming car?

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        August 28, 2012 10:20 AM

        It was the best first-person melee game since Dark Messiah so shut yo trap and go back to your favorite game which I probably hate.

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          August 28, 2012 11:48 AM

          Haven't played DM, but just finished 60+ hrs of Dead Island, and loved it

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        August 28, 2012 10:23 AM

        because it was fun? I mean it had a LOT of flaws, but overall it was an enjoyable game to play.

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        August 28, 2012 10:27 AM

        Dead Island act 1 was awesome. It's a shame the rest of the game couldn't live up to the first area.

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          August 28, 2012 10:28 AM

          really the only areas that pissed me off were the sewers and the final area. but the jungle, city and beach areas were great

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          August 28, 2012 10:32 AM

          It also became a bit too linear for my taste.

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        August 28, 2012 11:06 AM

        despite some flaws, it's a great co-op game.

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        August 28, 2012 11:51 AM

        SERIOUS QUESTION

        People who played this, why the hell didn't you like it? I honestly have no idea how you don't like like a zombie-killing GTA with ARPG progresstion and random loot. It was honestly a sleeper hit for me (somehow missed all that pre-release trailer hype) and I thought it did what I set out to do completely.

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          August 28, 2012 3:29 PM

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            August 28, 2012 3:49 PM

            You certainly took different things from the game than I did. I wasn't expecting much from the game and it ended up being really fun for me. There were many places to explore and discover and it was great to do it all co-op as well, which I felt was the games biggest strength. Perhaps because my expectations were very low I ended up surprised at how enjoyable it was. The leveling system gave me some goals to go stomp some heads rather than run away from everything, and it's always fun to explore for useful loot. Also, Rage was the regret game of the decade, not Dead Island.

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            August 28, 2012 4:07 PM

            As someone who has beaten this game 3 times on 360 I just want to point out that there were never any randomly generated shovels. It, like the hat stand, was always had the same old stats.

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            August 28, 2012 5:18 PM

            I guess it's just about expectations? I didn't really expect much out of the game itself. I still think the story is kinda lame.

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          August 28, 2012 8:08 PM

          This 100% the game is BOSS and a fav of mine I could replay it over and over again.

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        August 28, 2012 4:48 PM

        I also thought it was absolutely atrocious. Apparently a lot of people enjoyed it in coop or something. More power to them.

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        August 28, 2012 5:42 PM

        i've been really enjoying it. currently playing a sam b build.

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          August 28, 2012 5:55 PM

          singleplayer too. maybe i'm just a weirdo.

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            August 28, 2012 8:09 PM

            I played through it in singleplayer. Really fun.

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      August 28, 2012 9:57 AM

      HOT need more info, vids, cool stuff.

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      August 28, 2012 10:43 AM

      Looking forward to this, my bro and I had a ton of fun with Dead Island.

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