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New Hunted: The Demon’s Forge video

Submitted by on Monday, 20 December 20103 Comments

It’s been a while since we last heard about Hunted: The Demon’s Forge, the third-person co-op fantasy action game from inXile, which we previewed back in October. That is, at least, up until now with Bethesda Softworks releasing a new trailer, which introduces some of the dark fantasy themes that players will experience in the game.

The people of the world have been taken as slaves and driven into dungeons by “an unthinkable evil”, and it’s up to E’lara, a ranged weapon expert, and Caddoc, a master swordsman, to overcome waves of these ferocious enemies and free the slaves. They will have to work together to overcome the heinous enemies and solve the many puzzles that await them.

Hunted should revive memories of Wizardry and Bard’s Tale and other dungeon crawlers from past times. The studio is paying homage to these influences but also drawing directly from modern cover-based games such as Gears of War, and the result is an interesting mix of old-school thematic sensibilities being blended with modern gameplay.

Visually, don’t expect much colour; players will be taken through forests, strongholds, temples, ravaged villages and other caliginous settings. Nevertheless, the studio has nailed this style, and Hunted does feature some appealing vistas. inXile hasn’t quite nailed the voice acting, though – it is corny. Check out the new trailer below:

Hunted: The Demon’s Forge is due for release in spring 2011, and we’ll be aiming to bring you more coverage before then. If you would like to learn more about Hunted, you should read our hands-on preview. Bethesda has also revamped the game’s website, and it is worth a visit.