It has been a while since we heard anything about the multiplayer, first-person action game Hellraid. Apparently that was because Techland was taking the game back into the shop for a complete overhaul. Hellraid is now running on Chrome Engine 6, Techland's latest iteration in its home-built engine with also runs their other game Dying Light. Add in some upgrades to combat and Hellraid is practically running on a different platform. Oh, it is -- Hellraid is now also coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Perhaps in celebration, or perhaps to make up for lost time, Techland's put out a ton of new details on Hellraid. They are a tad unspecific, but when this much is dropped in one release there's only so much anyone can ask for. For a quick summary, just check out the gameplay and features trailer that was also released today.
Let's start with game modes. Hellraid will launch with three modes, all of which can be played single-player and with up to three friends cooperatively. There's Story Mode, which with a title like Hellraid basically writes itself, Mission Mode, which Techland says is more of an arcade experience designed around leaderboards, and Arena Mode, which is a wave-based challenge experience.
Combat comes next, overhauled in a handful of different ways to improve the game overall. Featuring a mixture of melee combat, ranged attacks and magic, Hellraid lets players determine their own fates with complex action. Blocking, counter attacking and dashing mechanics ensure players will have to be precise and focused to succeed. With complementary offensive defensive and healing magics, each player will have to find the perfect mixture of skills to fit their playstyle.
Speaking of skills, Hellraid now features a class-free skill tree that lets players determine their own paths of either combat, magic or agility. Add in passive bonuses from customized, armor and accessories and it sounds like Techland's creating a heck of a system to balance. Customization is good though and the more the better.
That's likely only a cursory example of the systems at work in Hellraid from Techland. Hopefully as we approach the game's 2015 release date each system will be shown in much higher detail. Techland also promised that Hellraid will be available in early access later this year, so for those excited for the game maybe PC is the best option. It'll definitely let players try the game out faster. If PC isn't your style, the game is now planned for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Sorry, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners. This is for the best.