Bethsoft to Publish inXile’s New Fantasy Action Game

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Bethesda Softworks sure is busy these days, with Fallout: New Vegas, Brink and RAGE already in the works, and now the Maryland-based publisher has also signed on to publish inXile Entertainment’s new game, Hunted: The Demon’s Forge.

Hunted: The Demon’s Forge, in development for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, is being billed as a co-op fantasy dungeon romp, and after reading more from Bethsoft’s product page and the game’s fact sheet, it sounds like Gears of War with a fantasy spin:

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 fact sheet Bethsoft provided with the announcement also describes Hunted as a “dark fantasy shooter” and a “third-person dungeon crawl with the intensity and action of a modern-day shooter.” It’s also being built on the Unreal 3 engine, so the Gears of War influence seems pretty obvious, and that’s fine by me.

“We are thrilled to be working with Bethesda Softworks on this upcoming release that takes us back to our roots,” said Brian Fargo, Founder of inXile Entertainment. “Bethesda’s track record speaks for itself and the game we are developing for them is no exception.”

“inXile has an extremely talented team and we couldn’t be more pleased to have them working on one of our upcoming titles,” said Vlatko Andonov, President of Bethesda Softworks. “We believe gamers will be really excited about what these guys have in store for them.”

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