InXile Entertainment is baaaaack… and this time, they’re putting together an even more action-focused RPG than their fun console and PC remake of The Bard’s Tale from a few years back. Hunted: The Demon’s Forge looks like it’ll be a blast to play through thanks to a co-op focused online mode and combat that’s a mix of hack & slash with a bit of cover-based ranged weapons work “borrowed” from games such as Gears of War. Granted, I’m hoping the game will support single-player grinding as well (my personal favorite style of play), but with Bethesda handling the publishing duties, it’ll also be really intriguing to see just how deep the game gets when it comes to story.
All I know for sure is we’ve a lovely, deadly magic user and a mean-looking tattooed dude that can swing his sword quite well as the main characters. Well, actually… I know a bit more than that (and you can too once you read the press release and check out the screens below the jump) …
PUBLISHER: Bethesda Softworks
DEVELOPER: inXile Entertainment
RELEASE DATE: TBA
PLATFORM: Xbox 360™ / PLAYSTATION®3 systems / Games for Windows
GENRE: Third-person Co-op Action
Set in a dark fantasy world, Hunted: The Demon’s Forge is an unforgettable cooperative action game, pitting you and your partner against waves of vicious enemies. Taking control of either E’lara, a ranged weapon expert, or Caddoc, a master swordsman, you must use a variety of weapons, powerful spells, and cover tactics to battle your way through menacing dungeons, overgrown ruins, and downtrodden towns. Discover secrets and complete co-op-based puzzles whilst exploring the sinister world to discover answers to the game’s deep, dark mysteries.
The dark ages have become corrupted. Heinous creatures have emerged from underground. Townsfolk across the land are disappearing. Upon the promise of their fortune in gold, mercenaries E’lara and Caddoc take on the daunting task of discovering where the innocent villagers have been taken. Their journey will lead them on a dark and twisted path where they will encounter death, slavery, and sacrifice. Travel deep within the world of Kala Moor…and to the secrets of The Demon’s Forge.
Dark Fantasy Shooter
Powered by the Unreal 3 engine, the world of Hunted comes to life in a third-person dungeon crawl with the intensity and action of a modern-day shooter.
Co-op at a Distance
Combine E’lara’s ranged attacks with Caddoc’s melee expertise to pull off gruesome co-op kill moves, perform special attacks, and heal one another regardless of where they in relation to one another on the battlefield. The characters’ differing combat methods allow player strategy to vary from one playthrough to the next.
Two Ways to Fight
Wade into the thick of the fight using melee skills, or tactically use cover combat to dispatch hordes of creatures with bows and spells.
Powerful magic spells can be used to boost your partner’s combat effectiveness and even the odds against increasingly formidable enemies.