Techland, the developer behind Dead Island and Dying Light, knows how to craft first-person melee combat. The studio was looking to explore the mechanic further in the first-person dungeon crawler Hellraid, but now the game has been put on hold.
According to a blog post on the Hellraid website, the game will no longer come out this year. Techland plans to go back to square one of the development process.
“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,” the post states. “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.”
Hellraid was in development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Perhaps Techland will get back to the game at some point later this year, but in the meantime the studio plans to focus on support for the Dying Light franchise.