In 2018, CI Games announced that Defiant Studios was working on Lords of the Fallen 2. However, in 2019, the publisher terminated contract with Defiant Studios. And today, almost a year afterwards, CI Games announced that Lords of the Fallen 2 is back in development by a new studio.
Although CI Games did not reveal any major details, we do know that Hexworks is now working on it. Hexworks is a brand new studio based in both Barcelona and Bucharest. The studio comprised of around 25 veteran staff with triple-A game development experience.
Saul Gascon, Executive Producer at Hexworks, said:
“As a dedicated gamer myself, I can feel when developers are passionate about the games they make. And this is what our studio is all about: Creating games we love to play ourselves. We’ve gathered a kickass team of senior developers with a deep fascination for mature fantasy games. The path has been intense, especially with the global lockdown situation. However, and by working shoulder-to- shoulder with Marek and Cezar, we’ve gathered a great team mostly from our networks.
I can’t wait to share more information on the studio, and show what we are working on!”
Cezar Virtosu, Creative Director at Hexworks, added:
“For many months now, the three of us worked defining and scoping the project, to find the right DNA that would grant us a competitive edge and still remain in the realm of feasibility. It is challenging to develop combat-focused games remotely, but this is offset by the ease of contacting and working with massive Soulsborne fans scattered around the world. It is an intoxicating mix of indie production and fanwork, since we are not a big production block and we all come from the genre’s trenches, thus, regardless of nationality, we are speaking the same game language. We are enthusiastic about our mission and we are aiming to deliver a creatively charged gameplay experience within the genre’s framework.”
There is currently no ETA on when the game will come out. However, CI Games plans to release Lords of the Fallen 2 on next-gen platforms (including the PC).