Techland, the developers behind Dead Island, have taken notice of a weapon mod for their open-world zombie survival game.  So much so, that they have used it as the catalyst for a standalone dark fantasy hack n’ slash title, currently code-named Project Hell.  We don’t know a much about the game at this point, but the folks at Techland provide a bit of background on their recently launched Project Hell Blog:

It started inconspicuously with an internal weapon mod for Dead Island created by one of developers – MZM (his real name is Marcin). It was a proof that chopping monsters frozen by magic spells using two-handed swords is brutally fun and addictive. This mod made such an impression that MZM was given a few people from the company to help (including my humble self) and a chance to create a game prototype – but that’s a story for another post. What’s most important right now is the fact that we have independence in developing Project Hell (bear in mind it’s only a code name) and we want to keep you up to date with details about it on this blog.

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. 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.

In addition, they have provided a couple of screenshots of levels in the game (Prison and Dead Forest), as well as a piece of character art.  Is he using severed head as some sort of melee weapon?  How resourceful…

First-person melee combat does not always turn out so well when it is implemented into a game.  However, Dead Island was able to do so with some success, so we’re hoping that Project Hell has the right foundation on top of which to build.  Techland is in the very early stages of development at this point, but we’ll be sure to stay on top of this one and keep you updated.  In the meantime, start sharpening your axes!

[Project Hell Blog]

Will Blackwell
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