Dead Island dev dumps Hellraid development

Techland doubles down on Dying Light.

Dead Island and Dying Light studio Techland has decided to cease development of Hellraid, its dark first-person fantasy game originally planned for launch this year on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.


A statement released today via the developer's official site explained that the title was not meeting internal expectations.

But the success of zombie survival game Dying Light may also be a factor - Techland mentions that it is instead hoping to further expand what it now is calls the Dying Light "franchise".

Here's the statement in full:

  • Dear Hellraid fans,

  • 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.
  • In the meantime, we will consolidate our development resources and focus on further expansion of our Dying Light franchise.
  • We wish to thank all our fans for your support - you're the best!
  • Dying Light hit the 3.2m player mark after 45 days on sale, making it the studio's most successful title to date.

    Techland has since been busy expanding the undead shooter with full mod support and a new hard mode, plus all manner of other content.

    So, RIP Hellraid. And if you have forgotten how it looked already, here's a quick reminder:

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