What is Hellraid? It's time to find out

by: Nathaniel -
When Hellraid first appeared earlier this month, I, and probably every other gamer in the known universe, screamed, "SKYRIM!"  It totally looks like Skyrim with the addition of maybe an extra texture pass on the graphics as befits Hellraid's "not-a-two-year-old-game" status.

But it's not Skyrim, or is it?  The new Q&A Techland released today is giving me mixed messages.  To wit: Hellraid is an FPS, not an RPG.  There is a co-op element and four-player multiplayer (don't worry single-player is in there also)  that sees players working together to outscore one another.

See, not Skyrim.

On the other hand: Hellraid has character classes with skill trees, and customizable weapons using a crafting system.  So it is Skyrim, after all?  The answer to that seems to be "yes and no."  

One interesting thing Hellraid has that's not thematically similar to the FPS and RPG genres is called Game Master.  Game Master is a sort of virtual dungeon master from classic pen and paper RPGs.  It will make Hellraid a new experience every time you play through it.  It will juggle difficulty and enemy placement.  It will even move loot and treasure chests around.  That is a particularly good idea.  Nothing sucks the fun out of a loot-based game faster than loot and treasure chests that are always in the same place and/or contain the same loot.   

Hellraid is set for release sometime this year for the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.  Only then, will we know for sure whether it's Skyrim or not.  Visit www.hellraid.com to learn more.  For full details, follow the jump.

New screenshots and Q&A for Techland's first-person co-op slasher, Hellraid

Hellraid is a first-person co-op slasher that offers a single-player, story-driven campaign of hack & slash action and unique, competitive cooperation multiplayer that pits four players against the armies of hell – and each other – in a battle for points, rewards and fame. The game is developed by Techland and scheduled for a 2013 release on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

What is Hellraid?

We’re calling Hellraid a first-person co-op slasher. We invented this genre to capture the idea behind our game, which blends elements of classic hack & slash titles with a more advanced combat system based on timing and precision, RPG’s, shooters and multiplayer games into one unique experience seen in very immersive, first-person perspective.

Will gamers experience Hellraid only in co-op? What is the main difference between playing solo and in co-op?

Hellraid can be experienced both in single-player and in co-operation. While playing solo you explore the world, complete quests, gather loot and develop your character. In co-operation tension rises when you struggle to achieve mission goals while competing with your friends for points granted for each kill, team-plays and automatically generated challenges throughout the game. 

What does the gameplay in Hellraid look like?

In Hellraid you travel between levels using a web of magic portals. Each level can be played an unlimited number of times to complete the story campaign, side quests and to defeat forces of evil with friends while competing for experience, points, rewards and places on leaderboards. During the game players can use a variety of melee, ranged and magical weapons. Combat is expanded with a set of unique active skills for each character class which gives the team additional tactical capabilities while searching for treasure, completing objectives, avoiding deadly traps, fighting the hordes of enemies and boss battles.

Will gamers be able to develop their characters, or customize the weapons and armor?

Each of the four character classes available in Hellraid (Warrior, Mage, Paladin and Rogue) will have their own skill tree that can be developed during the game. Along with that players can customize their weapons using an advanced crafting system or change their combat capabilities and appearance with armor that can be bought in shops, traded between the players or found during the game.

Who or what is Game Master?

Game Master is a complex system inspired by pen and paper role-playing games that makes each play through of Hellraid a different, completely new experience. In co-operation mode,  Game Master carefully selects competitive challenges for players and awards the best ones at the end of each level. It changes where and how you and your friends complete quests, placement, numbers and types of enemies you encounter as well as deploying treasure chests and loot.

Will Game Master work in single-player as well?

Yes, Game Master will alter the experience in single-player the same way it does in co-op but without the competitive challenges which are unique for playing with your friends.

How long is Hellraid and when it will be released?

Thanks to Game Master and the varied experiences that it provides, Hellraid will give players hundreds of hours of pure fun. The game will be released in 2013 for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

For more information about the game visit www.hellraid.com

About Techland

Techland is a leading Polish developer, publisher and distributor of PC and console games since 1991. Its proprietary Chrome Engine 5 technology is among the world's most advanced game engines, with full PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 system compatibility. With a staff of nearly 200 specialists in two development offices in Wroclaw and Warsaw, Techland is committed to delivering top-quality titles such as their popular Dead Island and Call of Juarez series for worldwide markets. Currently the company is working on several high-profile titles for current and next-gen consoles and PCs.

Pertinent Details

Developer: Techland
Publisher: Techland/TBA
Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PS3
Genre: First-Person Co-Op Slasher
Release Date: 2013
Price: TBA
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