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Techland has decided to put its first-person dungeon crawler, Hellraid, on hold. The game was supposed to be released later this year, but the Dying Light developer wants to “send it back to the drawing board.”

Here’s the company’s full statement:

Dear Hellraid fans,

We would like to officially announce that our dark fantasy FPP game Hellraid will not be released this year as previously planned, and the development of the game has been put on hold.

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. 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.

In the meantime, we will consolidate our development resources and focus on further expansion of our Dying Light franchise.

We wish to thank all our fans for your support – you’re the best!

It looked pretty cool when I saw it back at E3, but perhaps the success of Dying Light has the company raising its own expectations. That’s not a bad thing!

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