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Hellraid logo.jpg
Producer(s)Marcin Kruczkiewicz
Composer(s)Pawel Blaszczak
EngineChrome Engine 6
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
ReleaseOn hold
Genre(s)Action, hack and slash
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Hellraid is a video game in development by Techland. It was scheduled to be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2015, but has been put on hold since then. A mobile spin-off titled Hellraid: The Escape was published in 2014.


Hellraid is to feature both co-operative and single-player modes, as well as an online mode called 'Game Master'.[2] The game is to be played from a first-person perspective[3] and to feature randomly generated content.[4] The co-op multiplayer mode was announced to be able to feature up to four players.[5]


The player will control Aiden (voiced by Nolan North), the last member of a cursed kin, who has formed an alliance with an old mage. Together, Aiden and the old mage must try to stop 'the infernal forces'.[6]


The game was originally going to be a mod for Dead Island, which was also developed by Techland, before it became an individual game.[2] The game's working title was Project Hell.[4]

The game was first revealed in a press release on April 29, 2013. The press release stated that the game would be released in 2013.[7] The game was described as a mix "the best aspects of" Dead Island and The Elder Scrolls as well as a spiritual successor to the 1990s fantasy first-person shooter games such as Hexen and Witchaven.[8][9]

In May 2014, Hellraid was delayed to allow it to be rebuilt on Techland's latest version of their in-house engine, Chrome Engine 6. The company also announced that it was transitioning Hellraid to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to be released as a digital-only game.[10]

In May 2015, Techland announced that the company have put the development of Hellraid on hold as the game failed to meet the company's expectation. Techland decided to focus on expanding the universe of Dying Light, which was also developed by Techland and was released in January 2015.[11][12][13]

Hellraid: The Escape[edit]

Hellraid: The Escape is a video game set within the Hellraid universe.[14] Unlike Hellraid, it puts emphasis on puzzle-solving instead of action.[15] It was developed by Shortbreak Studios with assistance from Techland and was released on iOS platform on 15 May 2014.[16] The game was powered by Epic Games' Unreal Engine.[17]

Upon release, the game received generally positive reviews. Aggregating review websites Metacritic have the game 75/100.[18] TouchArcade gave the game a 4.5/5, calling it "a great experience on iOS and a rather successful combination of first-person exploration and puzzle elements."[17] No in-apps purchase is available in the game and all post-launch content will be free to players.[19]


  1. ^ "Hellraid". uk.ign.com/. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Connor Sheridan (2013-04-29). "First-person slasher Hellraid coming from Dead Island dev". GamesRadar. Retrieved 2013-07-24.
  3. ^ Makuch, Eddie. "Dead Island dev reveals Hellraid". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 2013-05-02.
  4. ^ a b Gallegos, Anthony. "Dead Island Devs Announce Hellraid for 360, PS3 and PC". IGN.
  5. ^ Phillips, Tom. "Dead Island dev announces co-op hack-and-slash Hellraid". Eurogamer.
  6. ^ "Hellraid's E3 2014 Gameplay with Dev Commentary".
  7. ^ Hinkle, David. "Dead Island dev Techland's 'Project Hell' now Hellraid, out this year". Joystiq.
  8. ^ "Hellraid - Duchowy następca Hexen, Heretic i Witchaven". PurePC.pl. Retrieved 2013-07-24.
  9. ^ "Hellraid E3 Trailer « GamingBolt.com: Video Game News, Reviews, Previews and Blog". Gamingbolt.com. Retrieved 2013-07-24.
  10. ^ Cook, Dave (April 30, 2014). "Hellraid re-announced for PC, PS4 and Xbox One following overhaul – new screens". VG247. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  11. ^ Crecente, Brian (May 21, 2015). "Techland's Hellraid sent back to drawing board, didn't meet expectations". Polygon. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  12. ^ Phillips, Tom (May 21, 2015). "Dead Island dev dumps Hellraid development". Eurogamer. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  13. ^ Futter, Mike (May 21, 2015). "It's A Cold Day, As Hellraid Development Put On Ice". Game Informer. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  14. ^ Nunneley, Stephany (1 April 2014). "Hellraid: The Escape release date announced for iOS". VG247. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  15. ^ "First Person Game Hellraid: The Escape Announced For iOS". Touchapplay. 2 April 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  16. ^ Farokhmanesh, Megan (1 April 2014). "Hellraid: The Escape heading to iOS May 15". Polygon. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  17. ^ a b Ford, Eric (9 July 2014). "Hellraid: The Escape review: First person puzzling at its Finest". TouchArcade. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  18. ^ "Hellraid: The Escape for iOS reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  19. ^ Watts, Steve (2 April 2014). "Hellraid: The Escape announced for iOS, coming in May". Shacknews. Retrieved 31 March 2015.

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