Stockholm-based indie studio The Outsiders has announced its viking monster game Darkborn has been put on ice.
As explained on Twitter, the project had been in development for four years - and despite releasing a gameplay trailer in April last year, the team has decided to stop development.
"In spite of our best efforts to continue, ultimately we had to make the difficult decision to halt development on the project," The Outsiders said. "Perhaps one day we will return to it: we all hope so and genuinely appreciate the support of everyone who followed us over the years."
Dear Outsider friends and monster- lovers: pic.twitter.com/NRTwNUHxSp— The Outsiders (@outsidersgames) April 30, 2020
Darkborn's unique twist was that instead of hunting monsters, the game would be played from the perspective of a monster being hunted by Vikings. Development was being led by ex-Battlefield developer David Goldfarb, and it was due to be published by 2K label Private Division: but the publishing agreement was mysteriously dropped in July last year (via Gamesindustry.biz).
Not all is lost, however, as the team is also working on something new, the details of which will be revealed "very very soon".